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Rustler women win two-overtime thriller
Feb 9, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports Editor
After a 20-point lead evaporated in the second half, the Central Wyoming College Lady Rustlers had to work overtime Wednesday to pull out a victory over Western Wyoming College
Brynlie Nielsen put the momentum back on Central Wyoming College with seven points for an 80-75 lead in the second overtime period.
But Nielsen picked up her fifth foul with a minute left, joining the four other CWC starters already fouled out on the bench.
It was left for Shay Cooper to hit two big free throws and Randi Prosenick one for an unforgettable 83-80 Region IX North women's basketball victory over the Mustangs Wednesday night at Rustler Gym.
"Those were some huge free throws for us," CWC coach Serol Stauffenberg. "Randi only played 54 seconds in the game, and her free throw was pretty important."
Those were the only points scored by Cooper and Prosenick in the game. Cooper played 24 minutes.
"We knew that Shay and Randi could hit the free throws at the end," said Nielsen, who finished with a game-high 22 points. "It was just a matter of them going out and doing it."
The Rustlers celebrated their win after Western's Jordan Giles missed a couple of 3-pointers at the end. Giles finished the game for a team-high 17 points.
"We were just relieved at the end," Nielsen said. "I was praying on the bench that the shots wouldn't go in. Luckily, Giles wasn't hitting those 3-pointers."
The marathon contest featured 88 free throws from the two squads.
CWC was 26-41 from the line, and Western finished 32-47.
Western Wyoming dropped to 7-4 in the conference, and the Rustlers moved to 4-7.
"We needed to beat somebody above us in the conference standings," Stauffenberg said.
Foul trouble started to hit CWC hard when Courtney Patterson fouled out with 3:21 left in regulation. Giles hit a pair of free throws to cut into the lead at 58-50.
Patterson came into the contest with the Mustangs averaging 14 points per game, but the sophomore finished with just five points on a 1-13 performance from the field.
CWC's Jacki Nicholson fouled out with five minutes to go after scoring 12 points.
Western's Shanna Halalio knocked in a 3-pointer to pull the visiting squad to 59-56.
Elise Keller scored on an offensive rebound at 61-56 lead at the 1:06 mark for Central, but Western stormed back on a Giles 3-pointer.0 Halalio scored two free throws to knot the score at 61-61 and force the first overtime.
In the extra period, the Lady Mustangs had a 67-63 lead, but Porsha Wadsworth hit a pair of free throws and Nielsen registered a field goal to deadlock the score at 67-67 at 1:27 left.
Western's Dani Hardy scored on an offensive rebound with 20 seconds left on the clock.
Stauffenberg called a pair of timeouts at 17.1 seconds and another at 7.7 to set up a Keller layup with a couple of seconds left at 69-69 for the second overtime.
CWC will now challenge Sheridan College at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at Rustler Gym. The Lady Generals are 9-1 in the conference standings.
Former Lander Valley High School star Ruth O'Neal is starting for Sheridan.
The leader for Sheridan is Fallon Lewis. The sophomore will be playing basketball next season at University of Wyoming.
CWC 83, Western 80 20T
CWC 35 26 8 14 -- 83
WESTERN 26 35 8 11 -- 80
CWC -- Brynlie Nielsen 6 (2) 4-4 22, Elise Keller 3 4-7 10, Brynn Foster 1 (1) 2-4 7, Courtney Patterson 1 3-4 5, Jacki Nicholson 3 (1) 3-4 12, Shay Cooper 0 2-2 2, Randy Prosenick 0 1-2 1, Marissa Hogan 1 (3) 3-6 14, Porsha Wadsworth 2 2-5 6, Kaylee Walker 1 2-3 4. Totals 18 (7) 26-41 83.
Western -- Jordan Giles 4 (1) 6-8 17, Dani Hardy 1 3-3 5, Alissa Willard 3 5-8 11, Shanna Halalilo 3 (1) 6-8 15, Breanna Johnson 1 2-2 4, Mika Pinner 2 3-5 7, Chelsea Sorensen 4 1-6 9. Totals 21 (2) 32-47 80.