O'Conner, McColl, Tischer and Arsene Ink With Cowgirls

November 16, 1998

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head basketball coach Cindy Fisher has announced the signing of four student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 1999. "Im very excited about the addition of these fine athletes to our womens basketball program," said Fisher. "Not only will they contribute to our success as a basketball program, but they will also bring a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm to the University of Wyoming."

This year's Cowgirl recruiting class was ranked 32nd in the country in the All-Star Girls Report presented by the Women's Basketball Journal. The rankings were compiled from Division I women's basketball schools with three or more signees.

Here are the signees:

Darci Arsene, 61, Power Forward, Abbottsford, British Columbia, Canada: A three-year All Provincial player at Aldergrove Secondary in Abbottsford, British Columbia. She averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals as a junior. Arsene was rated the top prospect in British Columbia, along with being rated among the Top 40 power forwards of the 1999 class on offense by the Reebok Report. Darci is the daughter of Donna and Dennis Arsene and currently coached by Neil Brown. She played on the BSI summer league team and was coached by Sam Lee, who played football at Wyoming under the late Bob Devaney. Arsene chose Wyoming over several schools including Santa Clara, the University of San Francisco, St. Marys and West Virginia.

"We are very fortunate to add a player with as much athletic ability and strength as Darci Arsene," said Fisher. "She is a very versatile athlete that will contribute at both the power forward and perimeter position. Darci brings an incredible work ethic to the court, and a competitive edge that is a necessity in building a winning program."

Ann McColl, 62, Center, Everett, Washington: An All-State selection at Cascade High School in Everett, Wash. She was the conference leading scorer and rebounder after averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds as a junior. She was rated one of the top 30 centers by the Reebok Report, along with being one of the top 150 prospects in the country. McColl was also voted BCI High School All-American. Ann is the daughter of Karen and Bill McColl and is currently coached by John Barhonovich. She was a summer league teammate of Darci Arsene and Brianna Tischer, and was coached by Sam Lee. McColl selected Wyoming over several schools including Idaho, Washington State, Santa Clara and Gonzaga.

"I am very excited about the addition of Ann McColl," Fisher said. "She is a great person and will make an immediate impact in our womens basketball program. Ann will give us great size and power at the post, which is an area that is extremely important to be successful. Ann has been considered one of the top post players in the country and we are excited to have her join our Wyoming family."

Toni O'Conner, 62", Forward, Plevna, Montana: A three-time All-Conference selection at Plevna High School in Plevna, Mont. She is currently averaging 16 points and ten rebounds on a team that is 18-0 and ranked ninth in the state. One of the top players in the state of Montana, she was chosen to play in the Montana Senior Classic Game. Along with her All-Conference selections, she was an All-State selection and the District Most Valuable Player as a junior. Toni is the daughter of Herchel and Nick OConner. O'Conner selected Wyoming over several schools including Montana, Montana State and Weber State.

"I am looking forward to the addition of Toni O'Conner into our program. Toni brings great size and strength to the post position. She knew from day one that she wanted to be a Cowgirl, and I like that enthusiasm and excitement about Wyoming."

Brianna Tischer, 6-3, Center, Marysville, Washington: Tischer averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and one steal as a junior at Arlington High School in Marysville, Wash. She was rated the 16th top post prospect in the country by Reebok Report, along with being rated one of the Top 100 prospects in the country Mike White recruiting services. Tischer is currently coached by Mike Buckholz. She was on the BSI summer league team with Darci Arsene and Ann McColl, which was coached by Sam Lee. Brianna is the daughter of Debbie and Donald Tischer. She selected Wyoming over several schools including Idaho, Santa Clara, and St. Marys.

"When I began recruiting players to the University of Wyoming that would fit into my system, Brianna Tischer rose to the top of the list quickly. Brianna has the speed, size and power to be one of the top post players in the WAC."