Jan 23, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorKiara Skinner nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to propel the Central Wyoming College women's basketball team to its most-impressive victory of the season, 70-67 Wednesday at favored Sheridan College.
CWC is now 8-11 on the season and 2-6 in conference play. Sheridan is 14-8 overall, 4-4 in Region IX.
"We had no timeouts in the game with Sheridan from about the four-minute mark on," CWC women's head coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "We made a wise choice at the end, and Kiara was able to hit it."
The Rustlers had lost to Northwest College (59-46) and Casper College (61-45) in their last two outings.
"We should have been able to beat a few more teams," Stauffenberg said. "They are excited about the things to come. We did a much better job of taking care of the basketball in key situations."
Jolonna Sazue dropped in 29 points for the winning team. Teammate Tina Hosea scored 16 points, and Skinner finished with 14.
"The biggest reason we won is that we had people step up and score some points," Stauffenberg said.
"We wanted to eliminate some of our bad possessions. We would have three minutes in both halves were we just don't take care of the basketball. We maybe had one or two bad shots against Sheridan."
Sazue was 9-11 from the free throw line.
"Jolonna does a good job of going to the basket," Stauffenberg said.
"We made a better attempt at running things on the offensive end. It was just a better job of us playing on the offensive end."
Skinner came up with key baskets outside of the game-winning 3-pointer.
"We got her the ball inside a lot," Stauffenberg said.
"We have been working on her to improve on her inside game. She was able to do that in some key stretches of the game."
The Rustlers host Miles Community College on Saturday at Rustler Gym. Tip is slated for 3 p.m.
"I hope that we bring the same energy to the game on Saturday," Stauffenberg said. "We just can't keep on playing well and losing. You can only talk about that for so long. More than anything, I want them to come with the same sense of urgency that we had."
CWC fell to Miles 85-79 on Nov. 21 in Montana.
CWC 70, Sheridan 67
The first half was very productive for the Rustlers. CWC was in front 30-24 at the intermission.
Sheridan College outscored CWC 43-40 in the second half, but the Rustlers had built a big enough margin in the first to sneak out the victory.
CWC was 11-14 from the free-throw line.
CWC women 70,
Sheridan College 67
CWC 30 40 -- 70
SHERIDAN 24 43 -- 67
CWC -- Kiara Skinner 5 (1) 14, Jolanna Sazue 4 (4) 9-11 29, Tina Hosea 3 (3) 1-2 16, McKenley Hellstern 2 0-0 4, Jocelyn Jones 1 0-0 2, Kendra Falsey 1 (1) 0-0 5. Totals 16 (9) 11-14 70.
Sheridan College -- Sierra Toms 3 (2) 4-4 16, Josie Three Irons 2 2-2 6, Madison Forney 9 10-11 28, Tina Hanson 3 4-4 10, Morgan Wille 1 (1) 2-2 7. Totals 18 (3) 22-23 67.
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