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Turnovers plague CWC women in opening loss

Nov 7, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Colorado Northwestern spoiled Central Wyoming College women's basketball season opener Monday night in a 47-41 win at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

The Rustlers were shot just 13 or 27 from the free-throw line and missed a number of close-range shots.

"We missed probably 24 shots from three feet in," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "We were getting to the line, but we just couldn't take advantage of it."

CWC also struggled taking care of the basketball.

"We had tremendous number of turnovers," Stauffenberg said. "We had to have at least 25-plus turnovers. That is something that you have to control."

Stauffenberg said his team originally was scheduled to play two games this weekend at Rustler Gym, but the opponents pulled out for different reasons.

"We scrambled to find some replacement stuff," Stauffenberg said. "We are lucky that we have the men's side of it full again."

The CWC women play at noon Saturday against a all-star team put together for the game.

Stauffenberg said the all-star game will count as a regular game for the Rustlers.

CWC will host the Bailey Tire Tipoff Nov. 16-17 at Rustler Gym.

Northwestern 47, CWC 41

The slow tempo of the game started early in the season opener for the Rustlers.

Colorado Northwestern built a 24-20 advantage at the break.

Both the teams stayed on an even pace in the second half.

"We were up four or five points at times," Stauffenberg said. "It was a close game."

CWC couldn't overcome Colorado Northwestern in the final minutes of the game.

CWC's Emily Smith led the way for the Rustlers with 11 points.

"Emily played very well," Stauffenberg said. "We didn't get the ball into her enough."

Lauren Bond had eight points. Kaylee Walker and Porsha Wadsworth registered six points apiece.

Elise Keller was CWC's leading w.

"Elise did a tremendous job on the board," Stauffenberg said.

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