Oct 16, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCoach Serol Stauffenberg likes the way his 2012-13 women's basketball roster came together in the recruiting season for Central Wyoming College.
In 2011, the Rustlers made the Region IX tournament semifinals, and seven sophomores return for the upcoming season. The Rustlers began basketball drills Monday, Oct. 1.
"I'm real pleased with the crew that we put together," Stauffenberg said. "This is the first time that I can sit back and look at all the pieces of the puzzle. Last year, our post player had to take the point. This year, we have some great possibilities at point guard.
"Down at the post, we have some people returning and some people that are new. We are filled out nicely at the perimeter."
CWC had a basketball scrimmage Saturday in Sheridan. The Rustlers play Western Wyoming on Oct. 27 in another scrimmage at Rustler Gym.
"Scrimmages get me out of the way and make me go sit down at the bench," Stauffenberg said. "It's good for the players, because they can go out and play against somebody with a different uniform on."
The Rustlers play Colorado Northwestern on Nov. 5, in their season opener at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
The three sophomore post players back for Stauffenberg are Elise Keller (5-foot-9, Preston, Idaho) Emily Smith (6-2, Mountain View) and Porsha Wadsworth (5-10, Rock Springs).
"We have a veteran group for our post players," Stauffenberg said. "They have done a great job in the offseason. This is probably one of the better groups that I have ever had as far as motivating each other. They are in the gym a lot. Those three know what I like from my post players."
Perimeter players for the Rustlers are Shay Cooper (5-4, Riverton) Marissa Hogan (5-5, Crow Agency, Mont), Kaylee Walker (5-9, Perry, Utah) and Samantha Hart (5-8, Bountiful, Utah).
"We have some different levels of playing experience," Stauffenberg said.
Cooper came off the bench last season.
"Shay is really quick," Stauffenberg said.
Hogan started a number of games for CWC.
"Marissa has a great touch outside for us," Stauffenberg said. Walker had a broken collarbone in her freshman season.
"With the commitment level and the energy level, you would think that they are sophomores," Stauffenberg said. "They have jumped in here feet first. They act like they know what is going on for a long time."
Freshmen Abbey Wilson (5-7, Bountiful, Utah) and Tina Hosea (5-6, Salt Lake City) are challenging each other for the point guard spot.
"They are both very good at what they do," Stauffenberg said. "They come from good programs in Utah."
Freshman Anneshia Hill from Wyoming Indian (5-4) is the new Fremont County connection on the team. "Anneshia has a great shooting touch with the ball," Stauffenberg said.
Freshman Stephanie Smith of Mountain View, listed at 6-6, brings her tall frame to the mix. She is Emily Smith's younger sister.
"We didn't recruit her at 6-6 to win games for us," Stauffenberg said. "There is not a lot of pressure for her to score.
We will get her in position to change shots and block shots and pick up some rebounds.
Stauffenberg likes the way Lauren Bond, 5-11 freshman from Riverton, Utah, has made the jump from high school to junior college.
"Lauren came from a system that likes the inside game," Stauffenberg said.
CWC 2012-13 women's basketball roster
Shay Cooper, 5-4, Riverton; Stephanie Smith, 6-6, Mountain View; Elise Keller, 5-9, Preston, Idaho; Lauren Bond, 5-11, Riverton, Utah; Emily Smith, 6-2, Mountain View; Abbey Wilson, 5-7, Bountiful, Utah; Tina Hosea, 5-6, Salt Lake City; Marissa Hogan, 5-5, Crow Agency, Mont.; Porsha Wadsworth, 5-10, Rock Springs; Anneshia Hill, 5-4, Ethete; Kaylee Walker, 5-8, Perry, Utah; Samantha Hart, 5-8, Bountiful, Utah.
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