Cowgirl Basketball Continues Season On The Road

Nov. 26, 2002

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Coming Up For the Cowgirls:
The Cowgirls will be on the road again this week at the Mt. McKinley North Star Invitational, in Fairbanks, Alaska. They will face the host school Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks, on Friday night, at 6:00 p.m. They will either play the Elon Univeristy or Rice Owls, on Saturday.

Cowgirls Picked Sixth in MWCPreseason Media Poll:
The MountainWest Conference announced its preseason mediapoll and all-conference team at the MWCBasketball Media Day held at the J.W. Marriott inLas Vegas. With 49 points, the Wyoming CowgirlBasektball Team was picked to finish sixth, andsenior Carrie Bacon was picked on the MWC preseasonAll-Conference Team. With eight first placevotes, the Brigham Young Cougars were picked tofinish first in the MWC.

A Recap of the Week:
The Cowgirl Basketball Team (1-0 overall) opened upthe 2002-03 basketball season with a huge 82-51 victoryover the Washington State Cougars (0-1 overall) on Fridaynight in Pullman, Wash. The Cowgirls opened up the gameon a hot streak and never trailed in the opening game ofthe season. A 22-0 run in the first half really widened themargin for Wyoming as they took a 50-23 lead into thelockeroom. As a team, the Cowgirls were 20-35 for 57percent from the field compared to 8-28 for 29 percent forthe Cougars. It was much the same in the second half, asthe Cowgirls continued to dominate Washington State. Forthe night Wyoming created 27 turnovers and held theCougars to under 31 percent shooting for the game. ThreeCowgirls were in double-figures including sophomoreAshley Elliott. She finished the night with a career tying19 points and a career high seven rebounds, which wastops on the team. She was also 6-14 from the field and 5-8from beyond the arc. Senior forward Carrie Bacon alsofinished the night in double-digits with 12 points and sixboards. As a team, the Cowgirls were 33-71 for 47 percentfor the game. Washington State was led by junior BiancaMcCall, who finished with a game high 18 points and 19rebounds. The Cougars struggled hitting 17-56 (.304) fromthe field.

After falling behind in the first half by the score of 32-19, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team (2-0 overall)made a huge comeback to defeat the Eastern WashingtonEagles (0-1 overall) by the final score of 64-50, on Sundayafternoon in Cheyney, Wash. The Cowgirls were led bysenior forward Carrie Bacon, who had a team leading 18points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Ashley Elliott alsochipped in 15 points, while junior Brenda Pickup finishedthe game with 14 points, five steals and four assists. As ateam, the Cowgirls were 23-58 (.397) from the field, alongwith 41 rebounds 11 assists and steals for the game. TheEagles were led by Kathleen Nygaard, who finished with agame leading 23 points and ten rebounds. As a team, theyshot 36 percent from the field (20-55), but had 22turnovers in the game.

About Alaska Fairbanks:
In their opening game of the2002-03 Mt. McKinley North Bank Invitational, the Cowgirls willopen up against the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks, on Friday night,at 6:00 p.m. MT. The Nanooks return one starters and sevenletterwinners to a team that went 14-13 overall and 8-10 inthe GNAC last season. This is the second meeting between thetwo schools, Wyoming leads 1-0. The last time the two teamsmet was Jan. 3, 1985 in Laramie, as the Cowgirls came out ontop with a 65-53 victory. The Nanooks are coached by JennyBenson who is in her ninth year with the program and as ahead coach.

About Elon:
In their second game of the week, the Cowgirls couldpossibly face the Elon University Phoenix, on Saturday afternoon,at 4:00 or 6:00 p.m. MT. The Phoenix return four starters andeleven letterwinners to a team that finished 15-13 overall and 0-4 in the Big South Conference. This is the first meeting betweenthe two schools. Elon is coached by Brenda Paul, who is in her ninthyear with the program and her 25th as a head coach.About Rice: In their second game of the week, the Cowgirls couldalso face the Rice Owls, on Saturday afternoon, at 4:00 p.m. or6:00 p.m. MT. The Owls return four starters and ten letterwinnersto a team that finished 21-9 overall and 14-4 in the WAC a yearago. This is the third meeting between the two schools, Rice leads2-0. The last time the two teams met was during the 1998-99, wheneach team was a member of the WAC. The Owls came out on topwith a 57-44 victory. Rice is coached by Cristy McKinney, who is inher tenth year with the program and her 12th as a head coach.

Quotes from the Head Coach Coach:
On Washington State: "It was a great team efforttonight," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Our defense wasphenomenal. We pressured the ball, caused 27 turnovers anddid a great job of playing position defense. They worked welltogether as a team, which allowed us to get out and runespecially in the first half. I thought we jumped out early inthe game, which is what you want to do on the road. I felteveryone contributed in the game, Chassie did on nice jobrebounding and Ann McColl, even though her stats don't showit, had a nice game in the post. Overall, it was a good effortand I'm proud of them. I was really pleased with the play ofAshley Elliott tonight. She was 5-8 from the three point lineand finished with 19 points, which is pretty outstanding."

On Eastern Washington: "We finished the night with a greatteam effort," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I'm proud of thekids of sticking in there and fighting hard. After we fellbehind, they didn't lose their composure, really chipped awayat the lead, took over and ran away with the game."

Bacon Earns All-MWC Honors:
Forward Carrie Bacon(Colorado Springs, Colo.) was selected to the 2001-02 All-Mountain West Conference Women's Second Team. Bacon ledthe Cowgirls in scoring, field goals and blocks averaging 13.3 ppg,5.0 fgpg and .42 bpg. She also finished second in rebounding with6.3 per game. For the season in the Mountain West, she finishedsixth in rebounding, seventh in scoring and 13th in blocked shots.During the season, Bacon also surpassed the 1000 career pointmark and currently ranks eighth in school history with 1248. Shealso moved into several other career categories, including fieldgoals and attempts, free throws and attempts, along with steals.It's the third time in her career that Bacon has earned All-Conference honors. As a sophomore, she was named First TeamAll-MWC, and Second Team All-WAC and to the All-NewcomerTeam her freshman year. Forward Darci Arsene was alsorecognized as Honorable Mention All-MWC.The Cowgirl Record Watch: Senior Carrie Bacon movedinto several categories during the 2001-02 season includingpoints and rebounds. With 17 points in the victory againstNorthern Arizona, Bacon moved into the Top 10 in schoolhistory in scoring and currently ranks tied for seventh with1278 career points. She also moved into tenth place in the Top10 in rebounds with 589.

2002-03 Cowgirl Quick Notes

  • The Cowgirls return four starters, along with seven other returning letterwinners, who saw significant playing time in 2001-02. In allthe Cowgirls return 11 letterwinners, while only losing four.
  • 9 of the 11 returning letterwinners played in 15 games or more in 2001-02, which included three freshmen and one sophomore.
  • Fiveunderclassmen played a combined 95 games in 2001-02, including all 28 by true freshman Ashley Elliott.
  • The Cowgirls welcome two newcomers to this year's team, freshmen Lorissa Ewing and Michelle Taylor. A 6-2 forward fromStockton, Calif., Ewing was an Honorable Mention All-Area selection at St. Mary's High School. She was a member of the CaliforniaDivision II State Championship Team that went 33-3 overall during the 2001-02 season.
  • Senior Carrie Bacon returned to her old form last season, as she earned Second Team All-MWC honors, after averaging 13.3 pointsand 6.3 rebounds per game. Bacon also garnered Academic All-MWC, Scholar Athlete and Second Team Verizon Academic All-District VII honors during the 2001-02 season.
  • During the 2001-02 season, she also continued her climb into the Cowgirl record book as she surpassed the 1,000 point mark in hercareer in the game against Texas Pan American (12,21/01). She currently ranks eighth with 1,248.
  • She stands to move up or into several career categories, which include rebounding, steals, assists, field goals and attempts and freethrows and attempts.
  • Several other Cowgirls stand to make a jump into the record book, including senior Ann McColl in field goal percentage, freethrows and free throw attempts.
  • One other Cowgirl, Darci Arsene, earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors last year.
  • Wyoming returns three of five major statistical category leaders to the team from the 2001-02 season. Senior Carrie Bacon led theteam in points (13.3 ppg), ranking seventh in the conference, and blocks (0.4 bpg), while senior Darci Arsene paced the Cowgirls inrebounds with 6.9 per game. All three ranked among the best in the conference during the season.
  • Wyoming had a record number 11 Academic All-MWC selections in the conference this past season, which led with the mosthonorees in the conference. ( Darci Arsene, Carrie Bacon, Christy Bacon, Ashley Elliott, Sara Hippen, Lisa McCann, Ann McColl, KellyMcRee, Brenda Pickup, Chassie Wiersma, Cherrith Young). Five of those individuals, Darci Arsene, Christy Bacon, Lisa McCann, AnnMcColl, and Brenda Pickup, are all repeat selections.
  • For the 11th consecutive year, Wyoming will have a set of sisters on the team with seniors Chassie Wiersma and Cherrith Young.They are the only set of sisters on this years' team, as forward Carrie Bacon will fly solo this season with the departure of her sisterChristy from the squad.

    Season Review
    Cindy Fisher enters her fifth season as the head basketball coach at the University of Wyoming. She was named head coach on March27, 1998, and became just the fifth head basketball coach in Cowgirl history.She recorded her first career coaching victory on Nov. 18, 1998, as Wyoming defeated Denver, 60-56. Her first conference win came onJan. 9, 1999, against WAC foe Tulsa, 76-63.

    During her four years at Wyoming, she has posted an overall record of 41-69 (.373) and a 15-41 (.268) mark in conference play. She hascoached four All-Conference players in both the Western Athletic and Mountain West Conferences, including three-time All-Conferenceselection Carrie Bacon.

    Prior to Wyoming, Fisher was an assistant coach at Old Dominion (Norfolk, Va.) for three seasons, one of the most successful women'scollegiate basketball programs in America. While there, she was the recruiting coordinator, and recruited some of the top players in the UnitedStates and internationally, the scheduling coordinator, prepared scouting reports and was the public relations liaison for the Lady Monarchs.Former players coached by Fisher include Ticha Peniecheiro, Clarisse Machanguana, Mery Andrade and Nyree Roberts. She was also the offensivecoordinator for three seasons, in which she helped coordinate an up-tempo transition style of basketball that ranked the Lady Monarchs inscoring offense, and had a large part in the development of the post players. During those three years at Old Dominion, the Lady Monarchswere 92-8, including a 34-win season and two 29-win years. In that time, they were runners-up to the national champion in 1997, and a SweetSixteen participant in 1996, '97 and '98. They also won the Colonial Athletic Association Conference Championship three years running.Fisher began her college basketball career as a student-athlete at Eastern Wyoming in Torrington, graduating in 1984. She played basketballthere until sidelined by a hip injury. She transferred to Arizona State (Tempe), and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in physicaleducation with an emphasis in exercise physiology in 1988. She worked as a graduate assistant at Illinois State (Normal), and completed herMaster's degree in physical education with an emphasis in administration of sport in 1992. She began her professional coaching career at IllinoisState as an assistant coach during the 1992-93 season. In 1993-94, she became an assistant at Mesa Community College (Mesa, Ariz.) ,whereshe coordinated the recruiting effort, as well as analyzed and prepared scouring reports and strategies. She also assisted in academicdevelopment of student-athletes. She had been at Mesa two years prior to that as a physical education instructor from 1988 to 1990. Duringthe 1994-95 season, Fisher was hired at Weber State (Ogden, Utah) as an assistant coach. She handled recruiting, and was the academiccoordinator, before moving onto Old Dominion.

    In addition to her coaching duties, Fisher has been involved as a speaker and clinician to the basketball world. During the 2002 NationalCoaches Convention in San Antonio, Texas, she was a speaker for the "yes" clinics sponsored by the WBCA and NCAA. She has also been anactive guest speaker for a variety of camps, clinics and community functions throughout the country and including her own in Laramie duringthe summer. The Cindy Fisher basketball camps put on annually at the University of Wyoming have grown into one of the largest basketballcamp programs in the country averaging 1,800 to 2,000 campers a summer. An active member of the WBCA, she is currently serving on theFrances Pomeroy Naismith Award selection committee and recently became a voting member of the USA Today/ESPN board of coaches for thevoting for weekly Top 25.

    Fisher is a native of Cheyenne, and was a three-year starter for Cheyenne Central High School. Her family still lives in the Cheyenne area.