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Rustler women let late lead slip away in loss
Central Wyoming College sophomore Emily Smith was double teamed by Northwest College on Wednesday night at Rustler Gym. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Rustler women let late lead slip away in 60-54 loss

Jan 31, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The setback dropped CWC to 3-6 in conference and 10-13 overall in the Region IX North division.

Back-to-back field goals by Central Wyoming College sophomore women's basketball player Kaylee Walker put her team up 52-48 late in the Region IX contest, but Northwest College stunned the home squad with a final 10-0 run to escape with a 60-54 win Wednesday night.

Marissa Hogan snapped the pivotal run by Northwest with only a few seconds left to make the final margin six points at Rustler Gym.

The setback dropped the CWC Rustlers to 3-6 in conference and 10-13 overall in the Region IX North division.

Northwest moved to 4-6 in league play.

"We aren't doing the little things when we have to do them to win the games that are close," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "We just can't have the turnovers and breakdowns defensively in the last two minutes. Then mentally we make mistakes. The other teams are doing the small things."

The Rustlers complete their home stand at 3 p.m. Saturday vs. Casper College.

Casper College had an overtime victory Wednesday night over Western Wyoming Community College.

Casper beat CWC in December at Casper College.

"I thought that we played pretty well last time against Casper, minus about 10 minutes," Stauffenberg said. "We weren't very good before Christmas. Casper is an outside shooting team that we have to control. We have to keep people off the boards."

Northwest College 60, CWC 54

Hogan was fresh off a 24-point performance Saturday night against Little Big Horn and kept the momentum going in the first 20 minutes with Northwest College, scoring nine points.

After a back-and-forth half, the Rustlers were deadlocked at 31-31.

In the second half, CWC was head 41-36 after four consecutive points from Tina Hosea and Hogan.

Hosea went to the floor with a knee injury with 14 minutes later.

She returned to the contest with 4:33, but injured her knee again in the final minute of the game. The second time, Hosea had to be helped off by her teammates.

"That is big when your team leader goes down," Stauffenberg said. "The long -erm concern is when she is going to come back. We will have to adjust and play with who is healthy."

Backup point guard Abbey Wilson hit a layup to make it a 47-44 lead for CWC.

Walker had her field goals for a 52-48 cushion. Northwest's Andressa Augusto ignited the run with a 3-pointer. Northwest scored inside on the next three buckets for a 58-52 lead and the win.

Hogan finished with 13 points, and Hosea scored 11 points.

Northwest was 22-29 from the free throw line, and CWC was only 8-13.

Northwest College 60, CWC 54

NORTHWEST 31 29 -- 60

CWC 31 23 -- 54

CWC -- Kaylee Walker 3 (1) 0-0 9, Stephanie Smith 3 2-4 8, Emily Smith 2 1-2 5, Tina Hosea 4 3-4 11, Marrisa Hogan 5 (1) 0-0 13, Abbey Ehlers 2 0-0 4, Abbey Wilson 1 2-2 4. Totals 20 (2) 8-13 54.

Northwest -- Savannah Minders 2 5-7 9, Andressa Augusto 3 (3) 3-4 18, Kennedy Allen 4 11-14 19, Leslie Thornburg 2 0-0 4, Leslie Blackburn 2 (1) 3-4 10. Totals 13 (4) 22-29 60.

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