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Late cold spell costs Rustler women
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Late cold spell costs Rustler women

Feb 6, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

The game with Western Wyoming was much closer than the 25-point loss the Rustlers suffered in Rock Springs just a month ago.

A scoring drought of nearly five minutes was the difference for the Central Wyoming College women Wednesday night at home against Western Wyoming. The two squads were evenly match for much of the game, but the dry spell cost the home team. Central fell 66-57 to the Mustangs.

The loss drops CWC to 5-7 in Region IX play.

The game was much closer than the 25-point loss the Rustlers suffered in Rock Springs just a month ago.

"We played a lot better," Central head coach Serol Stauffenberg said.

CWC trailed early in the opening half by 10 points but rallied on solid team play to tie the game at 37 by the half.

"We have to play smarter and we didn't at key times," Stauffenberg said.

It was slow going for both teams in the opening eight minutes of the second half as they combined for only 16 points. The game was tied twice with Western holding the upper hand and leading briefly by four points before it was tied again.

Tina Hosea tied the game on a power drive through the middle of the Mustang defense for the final tie of the game at 45.

Whitney Mitchell hit a long range 3-pointer for Western with 12:46 remaining in the game and was fouled after the shot, giving the Mustangs the ball under their basket. She hit a short jumper just seconds later, and Western held a five-point lead.

McKenley Helstern picked off an errant pass and raced full length of the floor for a Central score, but that was it for a long time.

Western slowly pulled ahead on an 8-0 run over the next 4:40 before the Rustlers found the range again. A Jolana Sazue trey five feet beyond the arc finally broke the silence.

CWC was patient offensively, and the Mustangs continued to switch on picks that left good opportunities for one-on-one mismatches. Kiara Skinner took advantage of one when switches left her defended by the Western point guard. Skinner took the ball hard inside off the dribble and cut the lead to 58-52. She followed with a post move with 1:45 remaining to close the lead to 60-57, but that was as close as it would get.

Western tallied the last six points and pulled away.

"It's that part of the season where you need to play smart," Stauffenberg said. "We tried to have them make good decisions."

Central hits the road for a Saturday game in Gillette then returns home the following Saturday against Northwest.

CENTRAL WYOMING 37 20 -- 57

WESTERN WYOMING 37 29 -- 66

Central Wyoming -- Jocelyn Jones 1 0-0 2, Jolana Sazue 1 (2) 8-11 16, Tina Hosea 6 2-2 14, McKenley Helstern 7 1-1 15, Kiara Skinner 3 (1) 0-0 9, Tonya Busse 1-2 1. Totals 18 (3) 12-21 57

Western Wyoming -- Emily Moore 9 2-3 20, Erica Shenton 1 (1) 5-5 10, Tiffany Trimble 2 2-2 6, Whitney Mitchell 4 (1) 3-4 14, Whitni Syrett 4 0-0 8, Alisa Peterson 4 0-0 8. totals 24 (2) 12-15 66

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