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Rustler women put up 1-2 record on Florida hoops trip

Dec 21, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College completed its journey to Palm Beach, Fla., with a 1-2 record in a three-day women's basketball tournament.

Behind 14 blocks from Stephanie Smith, the Rustlers beat Muskegon Community College 57-50. CWC lost to Owens Community College 70-54 and fell to Palm Beach State 69-40.

Palm Beach is the host team of the tourney. Owens is located in Toledo, Ohio. Muskegon is a school from Michigan.

The tournament was played Sunday through Tuesday to end the pre-Christmas schedule. CWC is 7-8 overall.

"We were able to beat an Owens CC team that is pretty good," CWC women's coach Stauffenberg said. "We competed well against a very good Owens and Palm Beach teams. We saw more all-around quickness at this tournament than we've seen all year."

Stauffenberg enjoyed seeing different teams they don't normally play in the Region IX.

"All of these teams were long and athletic and very quick at every position," Stauffenberg said. "We certainly got tested with our press offense and quick defenses. At times we showed improvement and other times we reverted back to having too many turnovers."

CWC made it back to Riverton Friday morning. "We went sightseeing to the beach and went to see some of the other sights around the Palm Beach area," Stauffenberg said. The Rustlers will be back in action on the court Saturday, Jan. 5, hosting Western Wyoming Community College at Rustler Gym.

CWC is 0-2 in the Region IX division and Western is 2-0. "This time of year is always good for a break," Stauffenberg said. "Players get to head home with family for the holidays and the stress of the classroom is behind them for a semester."

Good performances

Smith and Elise Keller were the top performers in the three games in Florida.

In the seven-point win for CWC, Keller pulled in a team-high 11 rebounds, and Tina Hosea scored 11 points. Smith netted 14 points in the loss to Owens and Marissa Hogan scored 13. Smith had four blocks and eight rebounds. Keller yanked in eight rebounds.

Against Palm Beach, Smith reached double figures with 10 points, and Hosea added eight.

Smith collected 13 rebounds and Keller nine.

"Right now, we just need to find some kind of flow offensively," Stauffenberg said.

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