Women's Basketball

2000-2001 Cowgirl Basketball Informational Press Release And Game Notes

Nov. 6, 2000


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This Week: The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team will open up the 2000-01 season this week. They will face Northern Colorado on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in the MultiPurpose Gym. This will be one of two exhibition games for the Cowgirls.

About Northern Colorado: The Cowgirls will open up with Northern Colorado in their first exhibition game of the 2000-01 season. The Bears went 20-9 overall and 12-6 in the North Central Conference last season. They return 11 letterwinners and two starters to this year's squad. This is the 23rd meeting between the two schools, Wyoming leads 14-8. The Bears are coached by Erica Ledy, who is in her first season with Northern Colorado.

              2000 Record   A Year Ago
Wyoming       10-19 (2-10)  9-21   (3-11)
No. Colorado  4-17 (4-8)    17-12 (5-9)

Northern Colorado, Thurs., Nov. 9, Laramie, Wyo., 5:15 p.m. Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyo. leads 14-8 2000-01 Overall Record 0-0 2000-01 Conference Record 0-0 1999-2000 Overall Record 20-9 1999-2000 Conference Record 12-6 (3rd) Nickname Bears Location Greeley, Colo. Conference North Central Head Coach Erica Ledy Record at School (Years) First Year Career Record (Years) 141-129 (.522) Letterwinners Returning/Lost 10/4 Starters Returning/Lost 2/3 Sports Information Contact Colin McDonough Sports Information Office Phone (970) 351-1065

Fisher Begins Third Season At The Helm: Head basketball coach Cindy Fisher begins her third season with the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball program. She was named head coach on March 27, 1998 and became just the fifth head basketball coach in Cowgirl history.

Fisher recorded her first career victory on Nov. 18, 1998, as the Cowgirls defeated the Denver Pioneers (60-56). Her first conference win came on Jan. 9, 1999, against Tulsa, 76-63.

Prior to Wyoming, Fisher was an assistant at Old Dominion for three seasons, one of the most successfule women's collegiate basketball programs in America. During those three years at Old Dominion, the Lady Monarchs were 92-8, including a 34-win season and two 29-win years. They were also runners up to the national champion in 1997, and a Sweet Sixteen participant in 1996, 97 and 98.

A 1988 graduate of Arizona State, Fisher is a native of Cheyenne, and was a three-year starter at Cheyenne Central High School. Her family still lives in the Cheyenne area.

Quotes from head coach Cindy Fisher on this week's upcoming game: "I'm looking forward to competing against someone other than ourselves. This team has worked extremely hard in the last three and a half weeks, and they are ready for a game. I'm also excited to see how different combinations look together, and see where we are at this point."

Sister Act: The Cowgirls are making it a habit out of fielding a family atmosphere. For the ninth consecutive year, the Cowgirls have a pair of sisters on the team with juniors Carrie and Christy Bacon (Colorado Springs, Colo.). But this year, there is a new twist with the addition of another set of twins. Juniors Chassie and Cherrith Wiersma (Central Point, Ore.), also join the Cowgirls this season.

As a two-year starter, Carrie Bacon led the Cowgirls in both scoring (17.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg). She also had ten double-double games last season, and a career high 34 points against UNLV. Christy played in 28 games, plus nine starts on the year. She is averaging 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds. Her break-out game was against Portland, where she finished the night with a career high 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Chassie and Cherrith Wiersma join the Cowgirl program after spending the last two seasons at Oregon State University. They will both sit out the season under NCAA transfer rules. When they resume play in 2001-02, they will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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