CWC women nearly upset nationally-ranked WesternDec 9, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Lady Rustlers also lost to Dawson Community College 71-52 on Friday night in a Region IX game.
Nationally ranked Western Nebraska sneaked out of Rustler Gym after a thrilling 72-68 over the Central Wyoming College women's basketball team on Saturday night.
The win completed the series sweep for Western.
CWC lost to Western 56-51 last month in Scottsbluff, Neb.
Western is ranked No. 14 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll.
The Lady Rustlers lost to Dawson Community College 71-52 on Friday night in a Region IX game. The contest was the home opener for the Rustlers after being on the road for the first eight games in the season.
CWC is 5-5 on the year.
Western 72, CWC 68
The Rustlers were primed for the upset after the first 20 minutes on the court.
CWC used its smaller, quicker team on the offensive side of the floor to steal a 39-35 lead.
CWC's Tina Hosea was all over the scoring column, putting in 16 points to spark the home team in the first half.
Western had a 23-17 lead in the rebounding department.
In the second half, Western took the advantage 45-44 in the early going.
Western was ahead 49-46 to force coach Serol Stauffenberg to use one of his timeouts to stop the run.
CWC battled the full-court press put on by Western.
Midway through the second half, CWC started to get a little frustrated by the nationally ranked Western squad.
CWC cut the score to 56-54 on a 3-pointer by Jolonna Sazue, but Western quickly went up 62-55 for some breathing room.
CWC crawled back into at 68-66 to put the fans on the edge of their seats, but Western made its free throws down the stretch for the win.
Dawson 71, CWC 52
In the Region IX battle, a sluggish start from CWC was the difference in the game.
Dawson played to a 38-28 halftime lead and never gave it up in the final 20 minutes.
The visiting team outscored CWC 33-24 in the final 20 minutes for the victory.
Dawson produce a very balanced effort in the road win, with three players in double figures.
Jannigua Thomas had team-high efforts with 20 points.
Haylee Gallegos put in 17 points, and Keely Swander finished with 12 points.
McKenley Helstern scored 11 points for CWC.