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Rustler women gain hoops victory after Nebraska player ruled ineligible

Dec 27, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College learned its 80-48 women's basketball loss to Western Nebraska on Nov. 16 during the Bailey Tire Tipoff has turned into a victory for the Rustlers.

Western used an ineligible player, 6-foot-3 freshman Evgenia Samorodova from Russia.

The Rustlers are now 7-8 on the season.

In the game with the Rustlers, Samorodova paced Western with 19 points.

The college said Samorodova earlier had played as a professional, making her ineligible.

Western Nebraska is one of the powers in women's basketball and volleyball in Region IX. Before the ruling came out by the National Junior College Athletic Association, Western Nebraska was ranked No. 6 in the nation at the time at 14-0. WNCC must forfeit its first 13 games and now are 1-13 officially.

"I was surprised considering that they recruit internationally all of the time in women's basketball and volleyball," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said.

Samorodova averaged 14.2 points a game and pulled in seven rebounds she played in for Western.

"She was a huge part of their team, although they are a deep team this year," Stauffenberg said.

Western is still eligible for the Region IX and national tournaments. The first 13 games were not Region IX games. Western Nebraska played in the Region IX South division.

Lamar Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, McCook, Community College, Eastern Wyoming College, Northeastern Junior College and Otero Junior College make up Western's division.

CWC, Sheridan College, Western Wyoming Community College, Miles Community College, Northwest College, Casper College, Gillette College, Dawson Community College and Little Big Horn are in the Region IX North division. CWC's next home game is Saturday, Jan. 5, vs. Western Wyoming at Rustler Gym.

In late October, the Rustlers had to vacate wins from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 volleyball seasons because CWC used an ineligible player.

CWC also didn't participate in the 2012 Region IX volleyball tournament.

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