Women's Basketball

Fisher Completes Recruiting Class

June 24, 2000


University of Wyoming head basketball coach Cindy Fisher announced today that Chassie and Cherrith Wiersma are transferring from Oregon State University, and will attend the University of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 2000.

The Wiersmas (pronounced Weirz ma) come to Wyoming after playing two seasons for Oregon State University. Under NCAA transfer rules, they must sit out next season. They will resume playing in the 2001-2002 season, and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Here are the signees:

Chassie Wiersma, 5-11, Shooting Guard, Central Point, Ore.:

A two-year starter at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. She started in 50 of 57 games in those two years. Wiersma averaged 6.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists this past season, and 6.3 points, 3.3 rebounds as a true freshman. An excellent shooter, she led the Beavers in three-point (11-24, .458) and free throw shooting (53-64, .828), her sophomore year. At Crater High School in Central Point, Ore., she was a First Team All-State and a two-time All-Conference selection. She helped her team a 24-3 record and the 4A state championship runner up spot as a senior. Coached in high school by David Heard. One of seven children of Bart and Ilene Wiersma. She selected Wyoming over several schools including New Mexico, Valparaiso, Utah and Gonzaga.

Cherrith Wiersma, 5-9, Point Guard, Central Point, Ore.:

Wiersma averaged 4.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and assists this past season at Oregon State University. She was a two-year starter for the Beavers, starting in all 57 games as a freshman and sophomore. Along with her sister, were the only two players to start in every game in 1998-99. She led the Beavers in minutes played, averaging 25.5 per game. An honorable mention All-State selection as a senior at Crater High School, she helped her team to the runner spot in the 4A state championship game. Wiersma was coached by David Heard. The daughter of Bart and Ilene Wiersma, her twin sister Chassie will also join the Cowgirl squad this fall. She chose Wyoming over several schools including Valparaiso, Utah, New Mexico and Gonzaga.

"We are very excited about the addition of Cherrith and Chassie to our program," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "To be able to add this kind of experience and talent to a young and skilled group of players is a huge plus. They will have an immediate impact, not only on the Cowgirl squad, but on the University of Wyoming and in the Mountain West Conference."

The Wiersmas are the third and fourth student-athletes to sign with the Cowgirls this season. The other signees include Brenda Pickup (5-7, Brush Prairie, Wash.) and Larissa Cordiano (5-10, Melbourne, Australia), who inked with the Cowgirls earlier this spring.



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