Current Press Release

December 14, 1998

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming Women's Basketball Contact: Amy Dambro

Probable Starters: The probable starters for this week's game are:GuardTaran StappGuardMolly MarsoForwardRegan DulaneyForwardCarrie BaconCenterRebecca Tomlin or Jenny Lazzeri

This Week: The Cowgirls will be on the road this week as they travel to Reno, Nev. to take on the Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack. This will be the Cowgirls last game before the Christmas break. Their next game after the break will be Jan. 2, 1999 against Southwest State.

A Recap of Last Week: The Cowgirls went 0-2 over the week as they were defeated by the Colorado Buffaloes and the Montana State Lady 'Cats. On Wednesday night, Wyoming fell to the Buffs 70-50. The Cowgirls were led by freshman forward Carrie Bacon, who had 17 points and ten rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 19% from the field in the first half, but rebounded in the second half hitting 13 of 36 for 36%. They also cut their turnovers in the second half committing only three compared to 17 in the first half. In the second game of the week, the Cowgirls were downed by the Lady 'Cats 81-78. Montana State would start off the game taking the early 12-8 lead. Wyoming would have an answer with a 17-2 run to take the lead back 25-14. The Lady 'Cats would eventually tie the score at 30 all off a three-point shot by guard Jennifer Curl with 2:05 left to go in the half. But a basket by Jenny Lazzeri and a three-point shot by Sara Ossana at the end of the half, put the Cowgirls up 35-30. The second half would see the Lady 'Cats go on a 13-4 run in the first four minutes. Wyoming would go on a run of their own building the lead to 11 and eventually their largest 13. But Wyoming couldn't hold the Lady 'Cats off as key turnovers would hurt the Cowgirls. MSU would take the 72-71 lead and never look back. The Cowgirls were led by senior center Rebecca Tomlin, who finished the game with 18 points and four rebounds. The Cowgirls shot a season high 54% from the field and 41% from the three-point line.

About Nevada-Reno: The Cowgirls will play the Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack on Sunday afternoon. The Wolf Pack were 19-9 overall and 10-4 in the Big West conference last season. They return six letterwinners and one starter to this year's squad. Sophomore guard Jessica Larsen leads the Wolf Pack in scoring, averaging 10.9 per contest, and is also adding 3.1 rebounds. Senior forward Tory Clark is leading the team in rebounds with 5.4 per contest and adding 10.7 points. This is the fifth meeting between the two schools, Wyoming leads the series 4-1. The last time the two schools met was Jan. 2, 1987, Nevada-Reno came out on top with a 75-65 victory. The Wolf Pack are coached by Ada Gee, who is in her sixth season at Nevada-Reno.

1998 RecordA Year AgoWyoming3-6 (0-0) 10-17 (5-9)Nevada-Reno4-5 (0-0)19-9 (10-4) Team Capsules

Nevada-Reno, Sun., Dec. 20, Reno, Nevada, 3:00 p.m.Wyoming Series Record vs.UW leads 4-11998-99 Overall Record4-51998-99 Conference Record0-01997-98 Overall Record19-91997-98 Conference Record10-4 (2nd) ConferenceBig WestHead CoachAda GeeRecord at School (Years)54-81 (Five)Career Record (Years)54-82 (Five)Letterwinners Returning/Lost6/6Starters Returning/Lost1/4Sports Information ContactJason HoustonSports Information Office Phone(702) 784-1337

Coach's Quotes: Quotes from University of Wyoming head basketball coach Cindy Fisher. About Colorado: "Once again, we are just struggling to put the ball in the basket. We are getting open looks at the basket, and we're not capable of finishing. I think the girls are hesitant right now, because they know we need to score, and they're so tense. In the second half, we just told them to penetrate and dish, and I think it loosened them up. I think that's what we're going to have to do in the future, because we're at such a disadvantage size wise and there is nothing we can do about it. Coach Berry did a good job of telling her girls to take it down low, and we just got in a whole that we couldn't get out of. I think our zone worked really well in the second half. We made them take some quick shots, and we had great effort on the boards. I'm happy with the way the girls played in the second half. They didn't fold, they came out and played strong and I got contributions from people that needed a chance." About Montana State: "We made some key mistakes at the end of the game and that hurt us. You just can't turn the ball over like we did and expect to win. I thought we held Tennyson Ballek in check for most of the game, but she got some big buckets when it counted. Overall, I was really pleased with our defense in the game. I also thought Sara Ossana came in, played well and hit some big shots. Rebecca Tomlin really stepped it up for us both offensively and defensively, but unfortunately we couldn't get her out of the game fast enough with four fouls."

Injury Report: Sophomore basketball player Lisa Glasser (Bismark, N.D.) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee underwent surgery this past week. She will likely be lost for the season. Glasser does have a redshirt year available to her. "Lisa had worked very hard this summer in preparation for this season," said UW head coach Cindy Fisher. "She was having an excellent fall, and really played well in our first exhibition game of the season (she scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds). We were very excited about her potential."

Glasser started 13 of 27 games in the 1997-98 season. She averaged 3.2 points and 4.8 rebounds as a freshman.

Fisher Begins First Season: Head basketball coach Cindy Fisher begins her first season with the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball program. She was named head coach on March 27, 1998 and becomes just the fifth head basketball coach in Cowgirl history.

Before coming to Wyoming, Fisher had been an assistant at Old Dominion for the past three seasons. During those three years at Old Dominion, the Lady Monarchs were 92-8, including a 34-win season and two 29-win years. They were also runners up to the national champion in 1997, and a Sweet Sixteen participant in 1996, 97 and 98. A 1988 graduate of Arizona State, Fisher is a native of Cheyenne, and was a three-year starter at Cheyenne Central High School. Her family still lives in the Cheyenne area.

Fisher's Career Coaching RecordOverall RecordConference RecordWLPct.WLPct.1998-99 36.33300.000

Cowgirls Return Eight Letterwinners and Four Starters in '98-'99: The Wyoming Cowgirls welcome back eight letterwinners and four starters to the 1998-99 squad, led by senior center Rebecca Tomlin. UW looses only two seniors from last season, which includes guard Courtney Stapp.SeniorsHeather Allen, G, 5-7, Carrollton, Texas Regan Dulaney, G, 5-10, Tucson, Ariz. Jenny Lazzeri, F, 5-10, Lakewood, Colo.Rebecca Tomlin, C, 6-2, Las Animas, Colo.JuniorsSara Ossana, G, 5-9, Tucson, Ariz. (Transfer)Taran Stapp, G, 5-8, Newell, S.D. SophomoresShelby Hoffman, G/F, 5-9, Gillette, Wyo.Lisa Glasser, F, 5-10, Bismarck, N.D.Mandy Gonser, G/F, 5-9, Colorado Springs, Colo.Redshirt FreshmanTeal Horsman, G, 5-6, Eugene, Ore.NewcomersCarrie Bacon, F, 6-0, Colorado Springs, Colo.Christy Bacon, G/F, 6-0, Colorado Springs, Colo.Agnes, Lindberg, G, 5-7, Uppsala, SwedenMolly Marso, G, 5-6, Gillette, Wyo.Heather Shaffner, G, 5-9, Monument, Colo.Becky Ward, C, 6-2, Yoder, Wyo.

Colorado State, Hawai'i Favored in 1998-99 WAC Preseason Media Poll: The Wyoming Cowgirls have been picked to finish fifth in the Mountain Division according to the WAC women's basketball coaches' preseason poll. Colorado State and Hawai'i were chosen as the favorites to win the Mountain and Pacific Divisions, respectively, with Colorado State the favorite to win the '98-99 WAC Championship Title.

WAC Mountain DivisionWAC Pacific Division1.Colorado State (15)1201.Hawai'i (10)1152.Rice (1)1022.New Mexico (5)1033.SMU 953.Utah (1) 934.TCU 734.Brigham Young 775.WYOMING 555.Fresno State 626.Tulsa 546.UTEP 487.UNLV 477.San Diego State 408.Air Force 228.San Jose State 30

1998 WAC Champion Vote: Colorado State (13), Hawai'i (1), New Mexico (1), Rice (1)

UW 1998-99 Record BreakdownOverallat home.................................................1-2away....................................................0-2neutral.................................................2-2Conferenceat home.................................................0-0away....................................................0-0Longest winning streak..................................1 gameLongest losing streak...................................3 games FG% Wyoming (Percentage)................................37%FG% opponents (Percentage)..............................42%3-Pt. FG% (Percentage)..................................28%Free Throw%.............................................72%Avg. assists for season.................................11.9Blocks for season.......................................14Steals for season.......................................64Avg. points per game....................................57.1

Cowgirls sign Four to National Letters of Intent: Head Coach Cindy Fisher announced the signing of four student-atheletes to national letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming in the fall of 1999. Here are the signees:

Darci Arsene, 6-2, Power Forward, Aldergrove Sec., Abbottsford, B.C. Ann McColl, 6-3, Center, Cascade High School, Everett, Wash.Toni O'Conner, 6-2, Forward, Plevna High School, Plevna, Mont.Brianna Tischer, 6-3, Center, Arlington High School, Marysville, Wash.

KOOL Radio 1210 AM to Broacast Cowgirl Home Matches Live: For the fourth season,Wyoming Basketball home games will be broadcast live on KOOL Radio 1210 AM in Laramie. Broadcasts will begin approximately 10 minutes prior to match time and will include a pregame show featuring interviews with Cowgirl head coach Cindy Fisher. KOOL will also conduct a brief postgame show following Cowgirl matches. Pat Gabriel will provide the play by play with Jesseca Cross adding the color commentary. Thanks go to John Thomas of KOOL 1210 AM and KRQU 102.9 FM in Laramie for making this venture possible.

WAC Tournament: The 1998 WAC Tournament will once again be played at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 1-6, 1999. The Tournament will be a 12-team format. The top six teams from each of the two divisions automatically qualify.

1998 Women's Basketball Top 25 Polls: Here are the most recent basketball polls.USA Today/ESPNAssociated PressTop 25 (Dec. 7)Top 25 (Dec. 7)1.Connecticut1.Connecticut2.Tennessee2.Tennessee3.Purdue3.Purdue4.Louisiana Tech4.Louisiana Tech5.Georgia5.Georgia6.Notre Dame6.Notre Dame7.North Carolina7.North Carolina8.Alabama8.UCLA9.Old Dominion9.Alabama10. UCLA10.Old Dominion11. Texas Tech11.Colorado State12.Colorado State12.Texas Tech13.Rutgers13.Geo Washington14.Clemson14.Rutgers15.Duke15.Clemson16.Florida16.Duke17.Iowa State17.Florida18.Nebraska18.Iowa State19.Kansas19.Nebraska20.Arkansas20.Penn State21.Geo Washington 21.Virginia22.Virginia Tech22.Virginia Tech23.Penn State23.Kansas24.Virginia24.Arkansas25.North Carolina State25.UC Santa Barbara

Leading Weapons in the Cowgirl Attack: The following is a listing of who leads the Cowgirls in each statistical category.

PointsCarrie Bacon (112 - 12.4 ppg)ReboundsCarrie Bacon (60 - 6.7 rpg)AssistsMolly Marso (20 - 2.2 apg)MinutesRegan Dulaney (269- 29.9 mpg)BlocksCarrie Bacon (8-0.9 bpg)StealsCarrie Bacon (19 - 2.1 spg)Field GoalsCarrie Bacon (39 - 4.3 pg)Three-Point FG'sMolly Marso (10 - 1.1 pg)Free-ThrowsCarrie Bacon (33 - 3.7 pg)

Superlatives - IndividualField Goal Pecentage Min 10 Attempts.643 Sara Ossana vs Loyola Marymount 12-4-98Points27 Carrie Bacon vs Western Michigan 12-5-98Field Goal Attempts24 Carrie Bacon vs Western Michigan 12-5-98 3-Point Attempts9 Sara Ossana vs Montana State 12-13-98Blocks2 Carrie Bacon vs three teamsAssists6 Regan Dulaney vs Western Michigan 12-5-98Steals4 Carrie Bacon vs Illinois-Chicago 11-27-98Rebounds14 Rebecca Tomlin vs Western Michigan 12-5-98 Superlatives - TeamField Goal Percentage .540 vs Montana State 12-13-98Points78 vs Montana State 12-13-98Field Goal Attempts67 vs Western Michigan 12-5-983-point Attempts17 vs Montana State 12-13-98

Blocks3 vs Illinois-Chicago 11-27-98 Assists19 vs Montana State 12-13-98

Steals14 vs Creighton 11-13-98Rebounds45 vs Creighton 11-18-98 Lowest field Goal Percentage Allowed.318 vs Loyola Marymount 12-4-98 Fewest Points Allowed50 vs Illinois Chicago 11-27-98

Player Notes:#5 Agnes Lindberg: Has yet to see action in a game this season for the Cowgirls due to an injury. She will likely redshirt this season.

#10 Heather Allen: Averaging eight minutes off the bench this season...averaging almost one point and 1.1 rebounds per game...is averaging .4 steals per game.

#12 Mandy Gonser: Has yet to see action in a game this season for the Cowgirls due to an injury.

#14 Taran Stapp: Has seen action in seven games this season, starting in three for the Cowgirls...is averaging 1.6 points per game...also averaging 13.1 minutes and 1.4 assists.

#20 Regan Dulaney: Has started in every game this season..is averaging 6.2 points and three rebounds per contest, which is sixth on the team...averaging 27.2 minutes a game, plus 1.1 steals and 1.9 assists per contest.

#21 Molly Marso: Started in her first collegiate game against Creighton...is averaging 6.3 points per contest along with averaging 26.8 minutes per game... is leading the team in assists with 2.2 per game...is also adding 2.2 rebounds and one steal per contest.

#23 Heather Shaffner: Has seen limited action this season for the Cowgirls.

#24 Jenny Lazzeri: The Cowgirls third leading rebounder averaging 5.4 rebounds per game..is averaging 24.7 minutes and 7.6 points, which is fourth on the team...had a career and season high 12 rebounds against Creighton (11-13-98)....was named to the All-Tournament team at the Pepsi Shootout in Eugene, Ore.

#25 Teal Horsman: Is averaging almost a point in 11.7 minutes in seven games this season...is also adding 1.6 assists and 1.1 rebounds per contest.

#30 Sara Ossana: Had her first start as a Cowgirl against Denver...averaging 7.9 points in 26.6 minutes of play...is fourth on the team in rebounds averaging 4.4 per game...is averaging 1.1 steals and 1.3 assists per game....had a career high 20 points against Loyola Marymount (12-4-98).

#33 Shelby Hoffman: Averaging 2.5 points and 9.9 minutes off the bench...is averaging one assist and .5 steals per contest...is also averaging .9 rebounds per game.

#34 Rebecca Tomlin: Is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with nine points and six rebounds per contest...is shooting 54% from the field and 53% from the free-throw line...had a season high 18 points against Montana State (12-13-98)....had a season high 14 rebounds against Western Michigan (12-5-98).

#41 Carrie Bacon: Started in her first collegiate game against Creighton...leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 12.4 points and 6.7rebounds per contest...averaging 29.9 minutes as a starter...had a career high 27 points and 11 rebounds against Western Michigan (12-5-98)...was named to the All-Tournament team at the Air Force Academy Classic.

#42 Christy Bacon: Is averaging 2.8 points in 9.3 minutes off the bench...is averaging 1.8 rebounds and .7 assists per contest

#52 Becky Ward: Has yet to see action in a game for the Cowgirls this season.

#54 Lisa Glasser: Scored 23 points and had 20 rebounds against Uppsala (Exhibition) before sustaining a season ending knee injury.