Nov 20, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorIn a weird part of the schedule, Central Wyoming College Rustlers women's basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg has been preparing this week to open Region IX conference play.
The Rustlers play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to begin league play at Miles Community College.
CWC takes a 2-1 record into the league opener. Miles has a 3-1 overall mark.
"It's different for sure, especially since we have only played three games so far," Stauffenberg said. "Most teams have played six games by now. However, it does save a trip for a single game later in the year doing it this way, so it has it pros and cons. Regardless, though, it's early (to be playing) Miles."
Liz Lewis is the new head women's basketball coach at Miles.
"Miles has some new tendencies," Stauffenberg said. "We've gathered information to feel comfortable, but again this early we are still trying to become comfortable with what we are doing."
The Rustlers lost to nationally ranked Western Nebraska Community College 56-51 on Nov. 13.
Western Wyoming Community College and Dawson Community College are the two undefeated teams in the Region IX North conference.
Western Wyoming is first with a 6-0 mark. Dawson stands at 3-0.
"The region looks like it could be fairly even," Stauffenberg said. "Western Wyoming has a good squad of returners this year, so they are probably the team to watch."
Gillette College (6-1), Casper College (6-2) and Sheridan College (6-2) all figure to be in the top of the division.
"Casper, Gillette and Sheridan have played some early non sub-region games against each other, and they were very close," Stauffenberg said.
CWC's Jolonna Sazue has averaged 15.7 points per game through the first three games of the season. Tina Hosea is up to 11.3. Abbey Wilson has a 9.3 average.
"I've liked our shot selection up to this point, but we need to be more aware of our post players on offense," Stauffenberg said.
Sazue has the No. 1 rebounding average, pulling in eight per game. Kiara Skinner is second at seven a game.
"Rebounding improved from the opening weekend, so hopefully that continues," Stauffenberg said.
After the region game with Miles, the Rustlers play at 1:30 p.m. Friday vs. Williston State, then tangles with Lake Region State College at noon Saturday. Both those games are in Miles City as well.
"Playing three games in a row will call on our bench more," Stauffenberg said. "I want to see them respond."
Region IX North women's basketball standings, with conference mark first
Western Wyoming Community College 0-0, 6-0
Dawson Community College 0-0, 3-0
Gillette College 0-0, 6-1
Casper College 0-0, 6-2
Sheridan College 0-0, 6-2
Miles Community College 0-0, 3-1
Central Wyoming College 0-0, 2-1
Northwest College 0-0, 3-3
Little Big Horn College 0-0, 0-4
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