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Break over for CWC cage teams; back to court in Rock Springs

Jan 3, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

A 6-7 overall record was earned by the Central Wyoming College Rustlers women's basketball team in the first 13 games on the schedule.

The Rustlers get back into action Saturday, Jan. 4, in a sub-region game at Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs. Tipoff is planned for 3 p.m.

The Rustlers have nine freshmen and two sophomores on the roster.

Most recently, CWC posted a 1-2 record in a tournament on Dec. 13-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

In the tournament, the Rustlers edged South Mountain Community College 75-74 and lost to Glendale Community College 63-60 and Phoenix College 76-56.

"For as young as we are, I was pleased, but we need to show more consistency on the defensive end of the floor," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said.

"I like our tempo, but we can't rely on the 3-pointer," Stauffenberg added. "We have to get better at attacking the rim. Otherwise we are easy to guard."

CWC men 8-6

The CWC men are 8-6 on the season under first-year coach Pat Rafferty.

The Rustlers have been back in the practice gym for the past week. The men play next at 5 p.m. Saturday, also at Western.

Rustler women

"We have had a number of players step up on difference occasions," Stauffenberg said.

Jolonna Sazue tops CWC in scoring at 14.1 points per game.

Tina Hosea is putting in 11.5, and McKenley Hellstern is scoring 10.5.

"Jolonna has been a deep threat," Stauffenberg said.

"Tina and McKenley have both attacked the basket well."

Guard Abbey Wilson is scoring 7.4 points per game.

"Abbey has been a mainstay on defense," Stauffenberg said.

Sub-region

Western Wyoming has pilled up a 13-2 overall mark and stands 2-0 in league play in the Region IX North women's sub-region.

"As we found out already, there is no easy team in the sub-region," Stauffenberg said.

Northwest College is 12-6 and 3-0 in conference victories.

"The conference is pretty even," Stauffenberg said.

"Right now, I think that Western Wyoming is the team to beat. They shoot the ball well and are athletic."

Rebounding is another key area for the Rustlers.

"We will have to control them on the boards on Saturday," Stauffenberg said.

Region IX

basketball standings,

with conference mark

listed first in record

Women

Northwest College 3-0, 12-6

Western Wyoming 2-0, 13-2

Gillette College 1-1, 9-6

Dawson College 1-1, 9-3

Casper College 1-1, 9-5

Miles College 1-2, 9-6

Central Wyoming 0-2, 6-7

Sheridan College 0-2, 9-6

Little Big Horn 0-0, 3-5

Men

Gillette College 2-0, 13-2

Central Wyoming 2-0, 8-6

Casper College 2-0, 9-5

Sheridan College 1-1, 13-3

Miles College 1-2, 8-7

Northwest College 1-2, 11-5

Little Big Horn 0-0, 7-6

Dawson College 0-2. 7-7

Western Wyoming 0-2, 6-9

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