Nov. 17, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Second year head coach Joe Legerski and the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will open up the 2004-05 season this weekend on the road in Manhattan, Kansas. The Cowgirls will take on the 19th ranked team in the country and defending Big 12 Champion Kansas State Wildcats, on Friday night, at 5:00 p.m. MT.
They will then come home to welcome the Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions, on Sunday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m. in their home opener.
The Cowgirls went 2-0 in the early pre-season with exhibition game wins over Adams State, 58-33, and the Colorado School of Mines, 68-39. They return three starters and ten letterwinners to a team that finished 11-18 overall and 6-8 in the Mountain West Conference. First Team All-Mountain West Conference selection Ashley Elliott also returns for her senior season after averaging 16.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 2003-04.
Kansas State comes into the season also going 2-0 in exhibition play with wins over Emporia State and Athletes in Action. The Wildcats return three starters and nine letterwinners to a team that went 25-6 overall and 14-2 in the Big 12 conference. They are led by senior Kendra Wecker, who averaged 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
This will be the third meeting between the schools as the series is tied at 1-1. The last time the two met was Nov. 24, 2000 in Corvallis, Oregon. The Cowgirls came away with a 73-70 overtime victory.
UCCS comes in to this season with two returning starters and six letterwinners from a team that went 10-17 overall and 7-12 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. They are led by Junior Jennine Sauter, who averaged 10.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest last season. This is the first regular season meeting between the two schools.