Feb 4, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorA long trip to Montana resulted in a 1-1 record for the Central Wyoming College Rustlers women's basketball team.
The Rustlers started off the weekend by defeating Little Big Horn College 73-67 on Friday night.
But a three-game winning streak from CWC was snapped Saturday is a 79-65 loss at Dawson Community College.
"I thought that we played relatively well," CWC coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "I was disappointed in our mental game both nights. It really cost us on Saturday."
The split puts the Rustlers 10-12 overall and 4-7 in the Region IX North division.
CWC swept Little Big Horn in the two-game series this year.
"Little Big Horn is a much-improved team," Stauffenberg said. "We had to fight to the end to come out with a victory. I was impressed with our rebounding effort. I was very pleased with the overall effort."
Dawson won both games in the home-and-away series vs. CWC.
"Mentally, we just didn't play a very good game," Stauffenberg said. "We were able to cut every lead they had. We would breakdown from a mental standpoint. We had been playing so well from that standpoint."
Dawson spent a lot of time on the free-throw line, going 29-40.
"We had a game plan for Dawson on the road and we just didn't follow," Stauffenberg said. "We found out that playing with your own individual game plans doesn't work."
CWC entertains Western Wyoming Community College at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rustler Gym.
The Rustlers fell to Western 66-61 on Jan. 4.
"I'm sure that it will be the same Western team that will full-court press along with an aggressive half-court man," Stauffenberg said. "They are a great rebounding team. We will have to take care of the ball and control the boards."
CWC's Jolonna Sazue and Kiara Skinner were consistent both games for Stauffenberg.
In the win over Little Big Horn, Skinner and McKenley Hellstern had 14 points apiece.
Sazue ended with 13.
"Jolonna has improved her ability to drive to the basket, so she is getting to the line a lot now," Stauffenberg said.
Skinner was the rebounding force for the two games.
"Kiara is playing much better in the post," Stauffenberg said.
Jocelyn Jones helped Skinner rebounding the basketball on Friday night, and Abbey Wilson was the main defensive stopper.
Dawson Community College 79, CWC 65
DAWSON 35 44 -- 79
CWC 24 41 -- 65
CWC -- Stephanie Lewandowski 0 3-4 3, Jolonna Sazue 2 (3) 7-9 20, Tina Hosea 3 0-6 6, McKenley Hellstern 6 3-6 15, Kiara Skinner 3 (1) 4-5 13, Kendra Falsley (2) 2-2 8. Totals 14 (6) 19-31 65.
Dawson -- Keely Sawnder 1 (4) 2-2 16, Jaclyn Evans 1 6-9 8, Steph O' Sullivan 0 3-6 3, Haylee Gallegos 1 1-2 3, Bryce Mitchell 0 2-2 2, Ashtyn Aumueller 2 1-1 5, Janniqua Thomas 6 11-13 23, Kendel Wilkerson 6 2-3 14, Shakayla Whitecow 2 1-2 5. Totals 19 (4) 29-40 79.
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