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Big conference win Saturday for Rustler women on home floor

Feb 17, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

With her team's Region IX women's basketball game on the line, Central Wyoming College freshman Jolonna Sazue came up with an outstanding individual effort Saturday afternoon at Rustler Gym vs. Northwest College.

Sazue swished five 3-pointers to lead the Rustlers to a 65-58 win.

The CWC guard had 22 points in

an inspired victory for her and the CWC program The Rustlers are 11-13 overall and 5-8 in conference.

"I just have to play with confidence," Sazue said. "When my teammates help, we all have a big role in this team. My role was just to hit the shots when we needed them."

Down the stretch, the Rustlers were able to stay focused and protect the lead.

"It gets nervous, but you just have to kept it under control," Sazue said.

"You just have to make sure that you don't force anything."

Sazue was one of three players in double figures. McKenley Hellstern had 14, and Jocelyn Jones added 13.

"We needed to hit big-time shots at the end," Sazue said. "We all worked hard. Once we get things going we just have to keep it up. We work hard on defense, then our offense starts to flow. "

Coach Serol Stauffenberg called Sazue a steady player.

"She plays very well offensively and defensively. She play a lot of minutes because of foul trouble and other injuries," Stauffenberg said. "When she keeps her composure, she is a good player."

CWC 65, Northwest 58

The Rustlers let Northwest back into the game late in the first half, but the Rustlers still had a 27-23 lead.

"I told them at halftime that we did play very well in terms of brains," CWC Stauffenberg said. "We just handed them 14 points. We played a lot smarter in the second half. We forced them to earn their points."

Northwest pulled ahead 31-27 in the first five minutes after the break.

Foul trouble played a role on how Stauffenberg handled his rotation.

Kiara Skinner and Hellstern were both called for their third fouls in the middle of the second half.

Hellstern runs the point, and Skinner is a rebounding force.

"We couldn't afford to lose McKenley," Stauffenberg said. "She manages and runs our offense."

Jocelyn Jones filled in for Skinner when she was on the bench.

"We were able to work around that one," Stauffenberg said.

CWC guard Lyndsee Robinson played her most minutes in a long time.

"We were looking for a spark, so we started her," Stauffenberg said.

Sazue made her presence felt hitting a 3-pointer, putting the Rustlers up 55-52.

With a 61-58 lead, Sazue hit two free throws, and Tina Hosea two more to end game.

CWC plays at Casper College on Wednesday night.

CWC 65, Northwest 58

CWC -- Jocelyn Jones 6 1-2 13, Jolonna Sazue 1 (5) 5-7 22, Lyndsee Robinson 1 1-3 3, Tina Hosea 1 3-4 5, McKenley Hellstern 4 6-8 14, Kiara Skinner 2 0-0 4, Kendra Falsey 1 1-1 3. Totals 15 (6) 17-26 65.

Northwest -- Mandee Christensen 3 2-4 8, Hattie Snyder 1 1-4 3, Caitline Clancy 0 2-3 2, TaNeli Clayton 1 1-1 3, Sarah Nielsen 1 0-0 2, Dana Bjorhus 2 (2) 2-3 12, Leanna Winterholler 3 0-0 9, Imari Simpson 6 5-5 19. Totals 15 (5) 19-19 58.

DURHAM, N.C. -- The shot that would have beaten No. 8 Duke hung on the rim, bouncing once, then twice.

"It felt like an eternity," freshman Jabari Parker said.

Once it fell harmlessly off the rim, the Blue Devils finally exhaled.

Parker scored 23 points and blocked one of Maryland's two shots in the final 10 seconds of the Blue Devils' 69-67 victory Saturday night.

"That was vintage Cameron, man," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "That was one for the ages."

Rodney Hood and Rasheed Sulaimon added 11 points each for the Blue Devils (20-5, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their eighth in nine games and started a run of four games in eight nights by giving the Terrapins a hard-to-swallow loss in their last scheduled visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The ACC's top 3-point shooting team was just 5-of-24 from long range and shot 23 percent in the second half. Duke led by double figures for all of about 15 seconds before scratching its way to the 20-win mark for the 18th straight year.

"Sometimes the basketball gods fool around with you when you're not shooting, and they say, `You've got to figure out another way to win this thing," Krzyzewski said. "Our effort those last 20 seconds was spectacular."

Jake Layman scored 18 points for Maryland (14-12, 6-7) and Dez Wells -- who just about single-handedly beat the Blue Devils by scoring 30 in last year's ACC quarterfinals -- had all 17 of his points in the second half.

Charles Mitchell finished with 12 for the Terrapins, but missed two hook shots in the final 10 seconds that would have given them the lead.

"I don't know how Charles' shot didn't go in," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "Call the Duke gods."

Parker gave Duke the lead for good when his authoritative, one-handed dunk over Jonathan Graham made it 68-67 with about 1:15 remaining.

Wells missed a jumper over Hood with about 50 seconds left. Duke milked the shot clock before Amile Jefferson missed a jumper that failed to draw iron, giving the Terrapins the ball.

The teams traded timeouts with 18.8 seconds left before Maryland worked the ball inside to Mitchell. He had one hook shot blocked by Parker with about 7 seconds left, and another bounced twice on the rim but would not fall through.

Jabari Parker's Dunk Continues Trend

Jabari Parker had the game-deciding dunk against Maryland, and finished with 8 points in the paint and 9 from the line. His inside presence has helped Duke surge during its last 8 games (7-1).

Jabari Parker vs ACC This Season

1st 4 Games

Last 8 Games*

PPG

10.5

20.4

Paint PPG

3.0

11.8

FTA PG

3.0

8.1

Avg FGA dist

14'5"

8'9"

*8 paint points and 9-10 FT vs Maryland

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