Lady Rustlers host Western WyomingJan 3, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Central Wyoming College women's basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg is expecting Western Wyoming to press his team the entire game Saturday night at Rustler Gym.
The key for the Rustlers will be limiting the turnovers vs. the Western Wyoming Mustangs. The game starts at 5:30 p.m.
"It's the turnovers that kill us," Stauffenberg said. "Teams are going to average 13 or 14 turnovers a game, but you can't have 25 to 30 turnovers."
Western Wyoming is 12-2 overall and 2-0 in the Region IX North division.
"The biggest thing for us is that Western will be a pressing team," Stauffenberg said. "We haven't handled the press all year. Hopefully, we can take care of the basketball."
The CWC Rustlers have a 7-8 overall mark and are 0-2 conference play.
"There is no easy game for us from this point on," Stauffenberg said. "You are just hoping that you improve more than the other teams that you play."
CWC lost to Casper College and Northwest College in its two league games before the holiday break.
"Western is a pretty solid team," Stauffenberg said.
"We spent a couple of different tournaments with Western. We have seen them play plenty of times."
The Rustlers have played the last 11 games on the road. CWC is 3-8 in that span.
"It will be nice to be back at home," Stauffenberg said.
"This game on Saturday is one of the games that you would like to play on the road because you are fresh out of the break. At this point, we will take a home game against anybody. We are excited to be at home."
CWC plays at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday against Sheridan College.
Sheridan College is 11-4 overall and 3-0 in the Region IX.
Tina Hosea has produced a 9.5 points per game average for the Rustlers.
"Tina is a key person in our offense," Stauffenberg said. "She is doing a great job."
Stephanie Smith is scoring 7.7 points per game and is pulling in 5.7 rebounds.
"Stephanie is another player that is important on the defensive end," Stauffenberg said. "She will pick up 10 points on the nature of just being in the game and where she is standing with her height."
Stauffenberg liked the way Smith progressed in a three-day tournament last month in Florida.
"Stephanie probably had 11 blocks in the first five minutes of the game in one of the games in Florida," Stauffenberg said. "Every game she is getting better. She is starting to slow down on offense and not hurry her shots."
Emily Smith is No. 1 in scoring for CWC at 12.1 points per game and taking in 5.9 rebounds.
Region IX women's
Overall, Region IX
Sheridan College 11-4, 3-0
Western Wyoming Community College 12-2, 2-0
Miles Community College 10-4, 1-0
Northwest College 9-8, 2-1
Casper College 12-2, 1-1
Gillette College 13-2, 1-1
Dawson Community College 7-6, 0-3
Central Wyoming College 7-8, 0-2
Little Big Horn College 2-13, 0-2