Lady Rustlers earn post-season awardsMar 22, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Jacki Nicholson ran the offense for Central Wyoming College women on the basketball court, putting up 15.3 points per game.
She has secured a spot on the all-Region IX roster.
The 5-10 point guard, who missed five region games due to a hurt knee, averaged 4.9 rebounds per game.
Fifteen players were named all-region, covering the Region IX North and South conferences.
The Region IX coaches voted on the players.
"Jacki is well-deserving of the award," CWC women's basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "She missed five region games, and a lot of times the coaches look at that and don't put the player on the region team. That speaks volume of what coaches thought of her before the injury. "
Nicholson and sophomore Brynlie Nielsen helped the Rustlers, the No. 6 seed from the north division, qualified for a spot in the Region IX semifinals.
The pair played a big part in victories over Western Nebraska (No. 3 seed/south) and Sheridan College (No. 2 seed/north).
CWC fell to Otero Junior College 66-53 in the semifinals.
Sophomore Courtney Patterson chipped in with the scoring load.
"I thought that Courtney had her best combination of three games in a row," Stauffenberg said.
The Rustlers finished the season with a 15-17 overall record.
"Everybody played their part and did exactly what we needed to do to win at the tournament," Stauffenberg said.
Stauffenberg said Nielsen, Nicholson and Patterson will all have the opportunity to continue their basketball career on the next level.
"Going deeper into the tournament helped those options," Stauffenberg said. "There were probably 30 four-year coaches at the tournament. It's just a matter of finding a school that fits them, and making a decision."
Randi Prosenick and Brynn Foster were the other two sophomores on the squad.
Stauffenberg has focused his first week in the offseason trying to find a point guard to replace Nicholson.
"The huge void we have to fill right now is the point guard," Stauffenberg said. "It's not like we have the point guard in training. We have to find two point guards. Those aren't the easiest things to find. We have to find one that can come in and play. She will have to come in and take over right away."
Stauffenberg has a number of different players lined up to visit CWC.
"We have five coming in the next few weeks," Stauffenberg said. "We have to find two that like us in return."
Jordan Giles, Western Wyoming Community College; Kayla Kiriau, Sheridan College; Christen Lopez, Miles Community College; Kenosha Wright, Gillette College; Ivana Grbic, Miles Community College; Brodie Bennett, Sheridan College; Shelby Garska, Casper College; Jacki Nicholson, Central Wyoming College; Bailey Holland, Casper College; Brynlie Nielsen, Central Wyoming College; Haisaane Lo'amanu, Otero Junior College; Taylor Rock, Otero Junior College; Hannah Pollart, Northeastern Junior College; Aubry Boehme, Otero Junior College; Odaugo Osulala, Northeastern Junior College.
Aubry Boehme, Otero Junior College; Fallon Lewis, Sheridan College; Mayan Dodgo, Lamar Community College; Rosalie Cutri, Casper College; Sasha Carter, Northeastern Junior College; Laura Pelse, Sheridan College; Alicia Nichols, Northeastern Junior College; Alissa Willard, Western Wyoming Community College; Odaugo Osulala, Northeastern Junior College; Shelby Stewart, Casper College; Samantha Sanders, Western Nebraska Community College; Jacki Nicholson, Central Wyoming College; Hannah Pollart, Northeastern Junior College.
Coach of the Year -- Dwight Gunnare, Casper College.