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Clutch shooting late in game secures 52-47 win
Central Wyoming College basketball player Abbey Wilson (25) put up a layup against Miles Community College player Dragan Vukovic in the second half Wednesday night at Rustler Gym. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Clutch shooting late in game secures 52-47 win for CWC's women

Feb 14, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Marissa Hogan put Central Wyoming College ahead for good with a late 3-pointer Wednesday night at Rustler Gym to seal a 52-47 victory over Miles Community College.

Teammates Emily Smith and Abbey Wilson added two points apiece to give the CWC Rustlers the final five-point cushion.

Hogan's 3-pointer made the scoreboard read 48-47 with two minutes left in regulation.

Hogan led CWC with 16 points.

"That was a pretty big 3-pointer," Hogan said. "I knew that it was going in. I just have a lot of confidence. We needed the win."

Hogan played 31 minutes and shot 6-14 from the field.

"The nice thing is that Marissa hung in there," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "She hit some key 3-pointers for us.

That is a sign of a good shooter."

Right now, Hogan is the biggest offensive threat for CWC.

"Marissa is playing really well for us," Stauffenberg said. "She is going to the bucket a lot for us."

The win Wednesday night completed the regular season sweep over Miles City.

"We kind of messed up during the game," Hogan said. "We got back up and made some smart decisions at the end. It was a big win because this will separate us and Miles City."

Emily Smith scored 15 points, and Abbey Wilson finished with nine points to help CWC's attack.

Wilson is starting at the point guard spot for the injured Tina Hosea.

Hosea is done for the season with an injured knee.

"We manufactured the win," Stauffenberg said. "I thought that we got some great looks offensively they just didn't go in."

CWC center Stephanie Smith had seven points and 12 rebounds.

Smith was credited with nine defensive rebounds and three offensive rebounds.

"Once we did get the ball to the short corner, we were able to get some easy baskets," Stauffenberg said. "People are starting to key on Stephanie. At the start of the year, people didn't even know who Stephanie was."

CWC moved to 5-8 in conference play. Miles is 4-8.

The Rustlers are sixth in the league standings, but one game away from Northwest College. CWC has three games left on the schedule.

"It was a huge win for us just because we are in that some group with Northwest and Miles," Stauffenberg said.

"We need some help to get Northwest out of the way because they swept us."

CWC plays at 3 p.m. Saturday vs. Gillette College at Rustler Gym in its final home game of the season.

Gillette College is 21-5, and fell out of the top 25 junior college basketball poll this week. Gillette College is still receiving votes for the poll.

CWC 52, Miles Community College 47

CWC 22 30 -- 52

MILES 23 24 -- 47

CWC -- Stephanie Smith 1 5-7 7, Emily Smith 7 1-2 15, Abbey Wilson 1 (1) 4-4 9, Marissa Hogan 4 (2) 2-2 16, Shay Cooper (1) 0-0 3, Porsha Wadsworth 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 (4) 12-17 52.

Miles -- Taylor Lepley 1 2-4 4, Ashley Malmquist (2) 0-0 6, Janae Reynen 3 1-1 7, Ivana Gribic 8 0-0 16, Tess Blaquiere 1 2-2 4, Tessa Rouana 1 (1) 0-0 5. Totals 16 (3) 6-9 47.

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