Cowgirl Basketball Signs Four

Nov. 14, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming Cowgirl head basketball coach Joe Legerski today announced the signing of four student-athletes to attend the University of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 2008.

"We are excited about the additions to the Cowgirl basketball family," said Legerski. "They are replacing some great players that we currently have in the program right now, but we feel they can continue to build the program where we want it to go."

Here are the signees:

Leah Fitzgerald, 6-2, Forward/Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Palmer HS):
A two-time First Team All-League selection while attending Palmer High School. She has also been named Honorable Mention All-State and Second Team All-League during her career. As a junior, she averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game while being named the team MVP. She is a four-year starter, while being a team captain for two years. Her team has made it in to the Sweet 16 of the 5A Colorado State Tournament the last two years and had a record of 36-13 overall. She is currently coached by Dave Shackleford. An excellent student, she was CHSSA Academic All-State and All-Conference, while being the Student Council president as a sophomore and junior and currently the Student Body Vice President. Leah is the daughter of Sheri Orinjok.

"Leah is a 6-2, post player from Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. She is going to bring great size and intensity to the program, and is able to get up and down the floor. We are excited for Leah to come to Wyoming."

Brenna Freeze, 5-11, Guard, Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva HS):
A two-time All-District selection while attending La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. As a junior, she also earned All-Metro and All-State honors, while helping her team to a 24-9 record, a district championship and a spot in the State 5A Semifinals. During her sophomore season, the team finished 21-9 overall, won the district championship and went to the State 5A Quarterfinals. She is coached by Greg Berger. A three-year letterwinner in basketball, she has also earned letters in volleyball. She was an All-State, All-District and All-Metro selection during her junior season. The team won the district championship and finished 19-4 overall. An excellent student, she was an Academic All-District selection in both basketball and volleyball, while being a member of the honor roll. Brenna is the daughter of Geoff and Kathy Freeze.

"Brenna is a player that can play several positions on the court. It gives us the ability to play a perimeter player in a number of spots. She is good at attacking the basket and difficult to defend."

Kristen Scheffler, 5-11, Guard, Lovell, Wyo. (Lovell HS):
A two-time All-State selection while attending Lovell High School. She averaged 18 points, five rebounds and four steals, while helping her team to the runner-up spot in the Wyoming 2A State Championship as a junior. She was also a team captain and named the Northwest Conference Player of the Year. She is currently coached by Bob Geiser. A three-time letterwinner in basketball, she has also lettered in volleyball. During her career, she is a two-time All-State selection. An excellent student, she is a member of the honor roll and named to the Wyoming Coaches Association Academic Team. Kristen is the daughter of Dave and Lori Scheffler.

"Kristen is a 5-11, point guard, who is probably the best shooter in this group with her good three-point range. We also look forward to Kristen carrying on the tradition in keeping the best players in the state of Wyoming, like we've been able to do with Megan McGuffey, Aubrey Vandiver and Hillary Carlson."

Ashley Sickles, 6-1, Forward, Cresco, Iowa (Crestwood HS):
A First Team All-Conference and All-District selection at Crestwood High School in Cresco, Iowa. She was also named First Team All-State by both the media and coaches. During her junior year, she averaged 19 points and 8.4 rebounds while helping her team to a 19-8 record and in to the second round of the 3A State playoffs. She is currently coached by her father, Doug. A talented athlete, she has also earned letters in both track and field and softball. Her honors include a First Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State in softball, while qualifying for state in the high jump in track and field. An excellent student, she is a member of the National Honor Society and on the honor roll. Ashley is the daughter of Doug and Marcia Sickles.

"Ashley is a 6-1, wing player who is coached by her father. She has played a great deal on the perimeter with her size, and should be able to come in and play the three or four spot. She also has great range shooting the basketball."