Cowgirl Basketball Signs Four Student-Athletes

Nov. 13, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming Cowgirl headbasketball coach Cindy Fisher today announced the signing of fourstudent-athletes to national letters of intent to attend the Universityof Wyoming beginning in the fall of 2000. Here are the signees:

Ashley Elliott, 5-7, Point Guard, Flagstaff, Ariz.: An All-Region andAll-State selection at Sinagua High School in Flagstaff, Ariz. She ledher team in almost every category, after averaging 20 points, fivesteals and five assists as a junior. One of the top players in thestate, she was picked by Reebok Women's report as one of the top pointguard prospects in the country. Elliott is coached by JenParker.Recruited by Cal Poly, Northern Arizona and Washington State.

"Ashley has been called by many, one of the premiere point guards inthe country," said head basketball coach Cindy Fisher. "I really feelthat she will bring a great deal of speed, quickness and athleticability to our team. She has great leadership skills and the ability tobe an impact player in the conference."

Kristen Lenhardt, 6-1, Forward, Ft. Collins, Colo.: A Rocky MountainAll-Conference selection as a junior at Ft. Collins High School. Shealso earned Honorable Mention All-State honors as a junior. She helpedher team to the runner-up spot in last year's Colorado 5A StateChampionship. Lenhardt is coached by Mike Portelance, and the daughterof Kevin and Nancy Lenhardt. Originally from Cheyenne, Wyo. beforemoving to Ft. Collins. Kristen chose Wyoming over Army and Dartmouth.

"Kristen is a local player, who will be a great addition to ourpost-game," said head basketball coach. "She is very strong and likes tobe physical, which is needed to be successful at this level. She alsocomes from a very successful high school team, and will bring a greatattitude and work ethic to the Cowgirl program."

Kelly McRee, 5-10, Guard/Forward, Phoenix, Ariz.: The Regional Playerof the Year, McRee helped lead her Carl Hayden team to an appearance inthe Arizona State Tournament as a junior. She averaged 19 points and 10rebounds during her junior season. McRee was also selected Best of theBest for the state of Arizona twice. She is coached by Sandy Baker.Kelly is the daughter of Pam McRee. She was also being recruited byIdaho State.

"Kelly is going to give us another strong shooter in our program," saidhead coach Cindy Fisher. "She has great size for a perimeter player andis very versatile. I feel that we will be able to utilize her in a lotof different areas because of her size and abilities."

Dafina Tucker, 6-3, Center, Aurora, Colo.: Tucker averaged 15 pointsand 11 rebounds as a junior at Hinkley High School. She holds theColorado single season record for blocked shots with 75, and was namedto Americas Top High School Basketball players to watch list. Dafina iscoached by Lawrence Wood. Tucker was recruited by several schools,including New Mexico, Tulsa, Michigan and North Carolina A&T. She is thedaughter of Shirley and Lewis Tucker.

"Dafina is going to add great size and depth at the post position,"said head basketball coach Cindy Fisher. "She is a very talented athleteand phenomenal shot blocker. She will also bring a whole new dimensionto our post-game."