Nov 4, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College women's basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg already feels comfortable with the options he has on his roster, and the season hasn't even started yet.
The Rustlers have seven returning players back from the 2011 team. CWC began the season with preseason drills on Oct. 1.
"We are deep in the sense that we have options every night looking at the strength and weaknesses of everyone of the players," Stauffenberg said. "Some years we have played six or seven kids and forced them to play 38 minutes. That won't be the case this year."
In college basketball, the Rustlers work with a 30 second shot clock.
"We will push the ball if we can get an easy basket," Stauffenberg said. "If we won't get an easy basket, then I'm the type of person that will work the shot clock. The shot clock limits the number of possessions."
Stauffenberg has stressed the importance of watching the turnover column.
"The biggest thing that we have been working on all week is taking care of the basketball and having quality possessions," Stauffenberg said.
The Rustlers hosted Western Wyoming Saturday, Oct. 27, in a scrimmage at Rustler Gym.
"We didn't play very well in our scrimmage here against Western Wyoming," Stauffenberg said. "It was more of an up-and-down scrimmage. When you put two freshmen at the point guard and an inexperienced sophomore you can probably expect some errors."
The Rustlers start the season at 6:30 p.m. Monday vs. Colorado Northwestern at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
The CWC men play at 8:30 p.m. against Colorado Northwestern.
"For the 18 kids from Utah that we will take between the two teams they are excited as heck because it's the one chance that the majority of their family is going to get to see them play ," Stauffenberg said. "We will have a pretty good crowd there."
Stauffenberg said freshman Tina Hosea of Salt Lake City has emerged as the top point guard in the program. Hosea stands 5-foot-6.
"Tina has separated herself on how she handles the ball," Stauffenberg said. "We are trying to get her on the same page as me as far as good passes and good choices. She is a more of a true point guard."
CWC fans will be impressed with the speed of Hosea.
"She is probably one of the quicker players that I have been around defensively and offensively," Stauffenberg said.
Freshman Abbey Wilson (5-7) will backup Hosea at the point guard.
"Abbey has developed more as a shooting guard," Stauffenberg said. "Shay Cooper (5-4 from Riverton) will have to fill that time as well as a backup point guard."
Sophomore Emily Smith should anchor the post players for the Rustlers. Smith has a 6-2 frame.
"Emily has improved so much with her confidence level," Stauffenberg said. "She has always been athletic. Her confidence level is so much better than it was last year."
Freshman Stephanie Smith of Mountain View, listed at 6-6, will stand out inside the paint. She is Emily Smith's younger sister.
"That is two decent tall post players that we have in there," Stauffenberg said.
Sophomore Porsha Wadsworth (5-10) played a valuable minutes for Stauffenberg last year.
"Porsha brings back a lot of experience down low," Stauffenberg said.
Sophomore teammate Elise Keller (5-9) will be asked to rebound.
"She is a great rebounder," Stauffenberg said.
Freshman Lauren Bound (5-11) is another player in the mix of playing time.
"Lauren has really stepped up with her quickness," 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.
CWC women's 2012-13
Nov. 5 vs. Colorado Northwestern at Utah Valley University, 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 9-10 vs. CWC Classic (Rustler Gym); Nov. 16-17 vs. Bailey Tire Tipoff (Rustler Gym); Nov. 20 vs. Rocky Mountain College, JV, 5:30 p.m.; Nov. 23-24 at Western Wyoming Community College, TBA; Nov. 27 at Colorado Northwestern, TBA; Nov. 30-Dec. 1- at Miles Community College tournament; Dec. 5 at Northwest College, 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 8 at Casper College, 3 p.m.; Dec. 16-18 at West Palm Beach; Jan. 5 vs. Western Wyoming Community College, 5:30 p.m.; vs. Sheridan College, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 12 vs. Miles Community College, 3 p.m.; Jan. 16 vs. Gillette College, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 19 vs. Dawson Community College; Jan. 23 vs. Northwest Tech, 6 p.m.; Jan. 26. vs. Little Big Horn College, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 2 vs. Casper College, 3 p.m.; Feb. 6 at Western Wyoming, 5:30 p.m; Feb. 9 at Sheridan College, 3 p.m.; Feb. 13 vs. Miles Community College, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 16 vs. Gillette College, 3 p.m.; Feb. 20 at Dawson College, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 21 at Little Big Horn College, 5:30 p.m.
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