Cowgirl Basketball Kicks Off 2008-09 Exhibition Season on Tuesday

Nov. 3, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Sixth year head coach Joe Legerski and Wyoming basketball team will open up the 2008-09 season this week with the first of their two exhibition games. They will host the UC-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions, on Tuesday night, Nov. 4, with the game set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.

Prices for the game are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (ages three through 18). Students with their ID can get in the game for free. For more information, please call the UW Ticket Office at 800-922-9461 or 307-766-4850.

"As always, the players are ready to play against someone different," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "There is still a lot to work on but it's time to face some different competition. This exhibition game will give us an opportunity to work on things in a real game situation."

The Cowgirls return one starter and eight letterwinners to a team that finished with a 24-7 overall record, 12-4 in the Mountain West Conference and the program's first NCAA Tournament bid. Of those returners, they are led by senior Megan McGuffey and junior Aubrey Vandiver. McGuffey played in 29 games last season and averaged 3.9 points and 2.3 rebounds. Vandiver was a Third Team All-MWC selection, while averaging 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds a year ago. Other key contributors back for the Cowgirls are seniors Elisabeth Dissen and Rebecca Vanderjagt, along with juniors Mallory Cline and Gemma Koehler, and sophomores Hillary Carlson and Jade Kennedy. They also welcome six newcomers with Leah Fitzgerald, Brenna Freeze, Emma Langford, Randi Richardson, Kristen Scheffler and Ashely Sickles.

UC-Colorado Springs returns two starters and six letterwinners to a team that went 11-19 overall and 5-14 in the RMAC a year ago. The Cowgirls and the Mountain Lions have met one previous time during the regular season. Wyoming holds the series record 1-0. The last time the two schools met was November 21, 2004 as the Cowgirls defeated the Mountain Lions 61-43. They are coached by Jessika Caldwell.

Wyoming will play one final exhibition game against the Metro State Roadrunners, Friday, Nov. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. before opening up regular season play on Nov. 14 against the Denver Pioneers on the road.