Cody star highlights women's recruiting class for the Rustlers

May 24, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Things are clicking for Central Wyoming College women's basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg on the recruiting path. Seven players have signed national letter of intents.

Kiara Skinner of Cody will be playing both basketball and volleyball for CWC.

The rest of the class includes Tonya Busse (Klawock, Alaska), Jessica Raab (Orem, Utah), Stephanie Lwandowski (St. Ingnatius, Mont.,), Jocelyn Jones (Clearfield, Utah), Kendra Flasley (Benson, Utah), Lyndsee Robinson (Alpine, Utah) and McKenley Hellstern (Smithfield, Utah).

CWC finished the 2012-13 season with a 14-17 overall record.

CWC was 7-9 in the Region IX North division.

"It just varies from year to year," Stauffenberg said. "At least things went right this year. With only three returners we had a lot of spots to fill. I'm excited that it come together early. That usually is not the case."

The three returning players on the CWC roster are Stephanie Smith, Tina Hosea and Abbey Wilson.

Smith was the starting center for the Rustlers at 6-foot-6.

Smith led junior college basketball nationwide in blocked shots at 4.7 per game.

Wilson was one of the first players off the bench for Stauffenberg.

"I really like were we are at overall," Stauffenberg said. "I think that we have improved in a lot of areas. We have improved our shooting from the outside. We needed just about every position that there was."

Hosea started at the point guard position before a late-season knee injury put her on the bench.

"We have decent posts on the inside that are returning, then we can couple of them with some other post players," Stauffenberg said. "We have a couple of combinations that can either play in the post or on the outside."

Recruiting class

"Kiara is a phenomenal athlete," Stauffenberg said. "She has a Division I or II body. She is just strong."

The 6-foot Skinner won her fourth straight Class 3-A shot put title last weekend in Casper, throwing it 42-1.5.

"She is just an all-around great athlete," Stauffenberg said. "She was pretty attracted to the program. She gets to play both sports. We are excited about her. She plays the game of basketball very aggressively with her height. "

Stauffenberg said Burke poured in 49 points in a state semifinal game in Alaska.

"Her coach played for me at Dickinson State," Stauffenberg said.

Burke is listed at 5-11.

"She is just a great athlete," Stauffenberg said. "She had some offers up in Alaska and in Washington."

Point guard players in the mix are Robison, Hellstern and Raab.

"They all have very good experience at the point guard," Stauffenberg said. "It gives us an area where we have to improve on. All of them bring the 3-point ability."

Flasley is a left-handed shooter. She is listed 6-0 on the roster.

"She has a great hook shot," Stauffenberg said. "She can step out and hit the 3-pointers really well."

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