2000-2001 Cowgirl Basketball Informational Press Release And Game Notes

Nov. 6, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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This Week: The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team will open up the 2000-01season this week. They will face Northern Colorado on Thursday night at7:00 p.m. in the MultiPurpose Gym. This will be one of two exhibitiongames for the Cowgirls.

About Northern Colorado: The Cowgirls will open up with NorthernColorado in their first exhibition game of the 2000-01 season. TheBears went 20-9 overall and 12-6 in the North Central Conference lastseason. They return 11 letterwinners and two starters to this year'ssquad. This is the 23rd meeting between the two schools, Wyoming leads14-8. The Bears are coached by Erica Ledy, who is in her first seasonwith Northern Colorado.

              2000 Record   A Year AgoWyoming       10-19 (2-10)  9-21   (3-11)No. Colorado  4-17 (4-8)    17-12 (5-9)

Northern Colorado, Thurs., Nov. 9, Laramie, Wyo., 5:15 p.m. Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyo. leads 14-8 2000-01 Overall Record 0-0 2000-01 Conference Record 0-0 1999-2000 Overall Record 20-9 1999-2000 Conference Record 12-6 (3rd) Nickname Bears Location Greeley, Colo. Conference North Central Head Coach Erica Ledy Record at School (Years) First Year Career Record (Years) 141-129 (.522) Letterwinners Returning/Lost 10/4 Starters Returning/Lost 2/3 Sports Information Contact Colin McDonough Sports Information Office Phone (970) 351-1065

Fisher Begins Third Season At The Helm: Head basketball coach CindyFisher begins her third season with the Wyoming Cowgirl basketballprogram. She was named head coach on March 27, 1998 and became just thefifth head basketball coach in Cowgirl history.

Fisher recorded her first career victory on Nov. 18, 1998, as theCowgirls defeated the Denver Pioneers (60-56). Her first conference wincame on Jan. 9, 1999, against Tulsa, 76-63.

Prior to Wyoming, Fisher was an assistant at Old Dominion for threeseasons, one of the most successfule women's collegiate basketballprograms in America. During those three years at Old Dominion, the LadyMonarchs were 92-8, including a 34-win season and two 29-win years. Theywere also runners up to the national champion in 1997, and a SweetSixteen participant in 1996, 97 and 98.

A 1988 graduate of Arizona State, Fisher is a native of Cheyenne, andwas a three-year starter at Cheyenne Central High School. Her familystill lives in the Cheyenne area.

Quotes from head coach Cindy Fisher on this week's upcoming game: "I'mlooking forward to competing against someone other than ourselves. Thisteam has worked extremely hard in the last three and a half weeks, andthey are ready for a game. I'm also excited to see how differentcombinations look together, and see where we are at this point."

Sister Act: The Cowgirls are making it a habit out of fielding a familyatmosphere. For the ninth consecutive year, the Cowgirls have a pair ofsisters on the team with juniors Carrie and Christy Bacon (ColoradoSprings, Colo.). But this year, there is a new twist with the additionof another set of twins. Juniors Chassie and Cherrith Wiersma (CentralPoint, Ore.), also join the Cowgirls this season.

As a two-year starter, Carrie Bacon led the Cowgirls in both scoring(17.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg). She also had ten double-doublegames last season, and a career high 34 points against UNLV. Christyplayed in 28 games, plus nine starts on the year. She is averaging 5.1points and 2.8 rebounds. Her break-out game was against Portland, whereshe finished the night with a career high 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Chassie and Cherrith Wiersma join the Cowgirl program after spendingthe last two seasons at Oregon State University. They will both sit outthe season under NCAA transfer rules. When they resume play in 2001-02,they will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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