Nov 15, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College women's basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg says his team will be tested twice this weekend during the Bailey Tire Tip-Off at Rustler Gym.
The first comes at 5:30 p.m. Friday against Western Nebraska Community College. Western comes into the two-day tournament with a 4-0 record. The Rustlers are 1-1.
CWC eliminated Western last year in the Region IX tournament at Casper College. The Rustlers advanced to the Region IX semifinals.
"Western Nebraska is a good team," Stauffenberg said. "I'm all about early tests. I'm excited to play them. These are games where you truly find out where you stand and what things that you need to work on."
Stauffenberg said CWC and Western play the same kind of basketball.
"Western Nebraska is a solid favorite every year," Stauffenberg said. "They are tough inside. They get out and defend. They are a little more physical than the other teams. It's just a fun game to play."
The second contest for the Rustlers is at 3 p.m. Saturday vs. the University of Montana Western women's junior varsity team.
"They put together a pretty good squad," Stauffenberg said. "They have had some pretty good outings this year."
Stauffenberg wants the Rustlers to cut down on their turnovers.
CWC players Tina Hosea, Abbey Wilson and Shay Cooper will all handle the basketball in the bckcourt.
"We need to learn how to handle the pressure this weekend," Stauffenberg said. "It will be a great game on Friday to test us on that because they will get out and pressure us."
Ticket prices for the Bailey Tire Tip-off are $3 for adults and $2 for students.
"I think we are getting comfortable," CWC men's coach Shelby Lindley said. "We have a sickness that is going around right now. For the three days of practice this week, we haven't been able to practice with a full team."
CWC forwards Ryan Thomas and Austin Hudson have been out sick. The pair should be in the lineup for the tourney.
Lindley said guard Paris Burns has been back in Chicago on family business this week and will miss the two games.
"We won't have Paris this weekend," Lindley said.
The Rustler men are 3-0 on the season, with wins over Impact Academy, Colorado Northwestern and the Lamar College junior varsity.
"Our rotation is changing," Lindley said. "It all depends on who we are playing. We will probably start with a different lineup. We have a lot of guys that are still trying to find their way. That is part of the process and why we do the whole preseason thing. "
Lindley said he likes the way 6-foot-6 forward Isaiah Tademy is progressing.
"Isaiah is getting more confidence in himself," Lindley said.
Point guard Davion Pearson is feeling more comfortable with his teammates.
"Davion is starting to get back into the rhythm of things," Lindley said. "Wednesday, was one of his better practices."
CWC opens the Bailey Tire Tip-off at 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Salish Kootenai.
"We are learning how to play hard for 40 minutes," Lindley said. "That is a big thing for us. We are learning on how to play well when we are tired."
Salish Kootenai is from Montana.
"They will get up and down," Lindley said. "We will see how we can handle that."
The Rustlers play at 5 p.m. Saturday against University of Montana Western junior varsity team.
Bailey Tire Tipoff
1:30 p.m. -- Miles Community College (women) vs. UM-Western JV.
3:30 p.m. -- Miles Community College (men) vs. UM-Western JV.
5:30 p.m. -- Central Wyoming College (women) vs. Western Nebraska.
7:30 p.m.-- Central Wyoming College (men) vs. Salish Kootenai.
11 a.m. -- Miles Community College (women) vs. Western Nebraska.
1 p.m. -- Miles Community College (men) vs. Salish Kootenai.
3 p.m. -- Central Wyoming College (women) vs. UM-Western JV.
5 p.m. -- Central Wyoming College (men) vs. UM-Western JV.
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