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Balanced game for CWC women in 66-40 win
Central Wyoming College sophomore Elise Keller was fouled by Rocky Mountain JV's Karlee Popp (42) Tuesday night at Rustler Gym. The Rustlers won a 66-40 decision. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Balanced game for CWC women in 66-40 win over Rocky Mountain JV

Nov 21, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College established an inside presence right away vs. the Rocky Mountain College junior varsity women's basketball team to post a 66-40 victory Tuesday night at Rustler Gym.

The Rustlers had a 44-percent shooting field goal percentage in the 26-point win.

Tina Hosea and Porsha Wadsworth led the attack with 12 points apiece.

"When you make some of your easy shots early that takes a lot of pressure off," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said.

"That is something that we struggled with. We haven't been very good with our shooting percentage. Our quality shots haven't been bad in all five of our games."

Shay Cooper had the only 3-pointer of the game for the Rustlers during her 16 minutes of playing time.

CWC was 1-of-5 from beyond the 3-point line.

"We established that 10- or 11-point cushion right away," Stauffenberg, "with all the post play.

"That is kind of what we are this year. When you can get those in early, then there is a little sense of relief."

Stauffenberg believes the Rustlers will be a balanced team all season.

"That is always going to be the case for us," Stauffenberg said.

"I don't think that we have a dominant scorer. It's tough to defend that. We didn't shoot the ball far out there very many times."

CWC is set to play at 2 p.m. Friday and then at noon at Saturday in a tournament at Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs.

The two games will be against former junior college players. CWC is 3-2 on the year.

"I'm not a big fan of those games but sometimes in tournaments you have to have some," Stauffenberg said.

CWC 66, Rocky Mountain JV 40

The Rustlers were in an early offensive flow against the Rocky Mountain Bears, taking a 20-15 lead.

CWC slowly built the advantage to 28-19.

Hosea and Elise Keller scored the final four points of the half for a 32-19 lead.

In the second half, Cooper hit her 3-pointer to make the scoreboard read 39-24.

Wadsworth muscled her way for four points, and teammate Lauren Bond scored one field for a 51-31 lead at the 10-minute mark of the second half.

CWC pulled in 44 rebounds, while Rocky had 35.

"I think that we do a pretty decent job on the boards," Stauffenberg said.

"The biggest key for us is that we have to be able to shoot a decent percentage.

You would hope that you would shoot 40 percent."

CWC was credited with 21 turnovers and the Bears had 30 turnovers.

"The 21 turnovers is an improvement, which might be scary because it's an improvement," Stauffenberg said.

"We are getting there. We had 13 in the first half."

CWC 66, Rocky Mountain JV 40

CWC 32 34 -- 66

ROCKY 19 21 -- 40

CWC -- Elise Keller 3 1-2 7, Kaylee Walker 4 0-0 8, Emily Smith 4 0-0 8, Tina Hosea 4 4-4 12, Marrisa Hogan 1 2-2 4, Shay Cooper (1) 0-0 3, Stephanie Smith 4 1-2 9, Lauren Bond 1 1-2 3, Porsha Wadsworth 5 2-5 12. Totals 26 (1) 11-17 66.

Rocky -- Peyton Spencer 2 1-2 5, Bailey Ward 1 (1) 1-2 6, Amanda Hayden 3 4-4 10, Katie Fitzpatrick (1) 0-1 5, Laura Wemple 2 1-1 5, Lenore Pierson 0 1-2 1, Tarah Anderson 1 (1) 0-0 5, Karlee Popp (1) 0-0 3. Totals 1 (4) 8-14.

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