Nov 18, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorFreshman Tina Hosea hit a 3-pointer with 1:18 left in regulation play to give Central Wyoming College a 41-40 lead, and teammate Elise Keller stole the ball and converted a layup to ice a 43-40 victory over the Montana Western junior varsity basketball team Saturday afternoon at Rustler Gym. .
After being routed Friday night, the points in crunch time gave CWC a much needed victory early in the season during the two-day Bailey Tire Tip-Off.
Hosea scored five points in the low-scoring game, and Keller had seven. Keller snagged 12 rebounds.
"Tina's 3-pointer was huge," CWC women's basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "That changed the course of the game. We just haven't shot the ball well this year."
"We are just not real comfortable right now," Stauffenberg said. "We have some pretty quick people.
That is going to have to be our strength to holding people down scoring-wise."
The Rustlers suffered an 80-48 loss to the Western Nebraska Cougars on Friday night. CWC had eliminated the Cougars last year from the Region IX tournament held at Casper College.
"I don't think that it mattered who we played (Friday)," Stauffenberg said.
"We were not ready to play, and it showed."
The Rustlers had 27 turnovers in the loss and 25 turnovers in Saturday's win.
"We had 14 turnovers in the first half," Stauffenberg said. "That is the goal that you want to have for the entire game. You are going to make some mistakes along the way, but you can't have 27 turnovers. We didn't play very smart basketball. "
CWC is now 2-2 on the season.
"We are in a tough spot," Stauffenberg said. "We got beaten badly on Friday night. It was important for us to come out and get a win."
CWC plays the Rocky Mountain junior varsity team at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rustler Gym.
CWC 43, Montana Western 40
Playing their second game in less than 24 hours, the teams didn't have a lot of offensive firepower left in the tank.
In the second half, Montana Western went on a 7-0 run for a 32-24 lead.
Montana's McCall Hasquet hit a 3-pointer to build the cushion up to 35-24 with 12 minutes left in the half.
The Rustlers slowly climbed back into the game behind the play of Porsha Wadsworth and Stephanie Smith to pull within 35-30.
CWC's defense "created some bad shots down there," Stauffenberg said.
CWC's Kaylee Walker scored six straight points to deadlock the score at 36-36.
Western went up 39-37 before the Rustlers closed out the victory.
Smith had a team-high 10 points and 12 rebounds. CWC won the rebounding war 51-41.
"Stephanie is getting better and better each game," Stauffenberg said of his 6-foot-6 freshman. "I'm just so pleased with her. She has all kinds of room for improvement, which is exciting for her."
Western Nebraska 80, CWC 48
Western took the lead right away Friday night with four quick points at the start of the game, forcing Stauffenberg to call a quick timeout when the contest wasn't even a minute old.
Western continued to pour it on, as the visiting squad build a 30-13 lead with five minutes in the half.
CWC played its best basketball of the game in the final few minutes of the half, as Tina Hosea and Stephanie Smith scored four points each and Shay Cooper added a field goal to pull the Rustlers to 38-27 at the break.
Western had a 9-0- run to start the game and built a 19-point advantage with 16 minutes left in the contest to never look back.
"We did make a little run at the end of the first half," Stauffenberg said.
"We came out of the locker room, and then we did the same exact mistakes.
We had turnovers, and we didn't guard the defenders the right way you should."
Western had eight 3-pointers in the big victory, but it was the close ones that drove Stauffenberg crazy.
"They got a lot of easy shots," Stauffenberg said.
"It was the same thing that we went over in practice on Wednesday and Thursday."
CWC 43, Western JV 40
CWC 20 23 -- 43
MWJV 22 18 -- 40
CWC -- Elise Keller 3 1-4 7, Kaylee Walker 2 (1) 2-5 9, Emily Smith 1 2-4 4, Tina Hosea 1 (1) 0-0 5, Stephanie Smith 4 2-4 10, Lauren Bond 0 2-3 2, Porsha Wadsworth 2 2-2 6, Shay Cooper 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 (2) 11-22 40.
Montana Western -- McCall Hasquet 2 (3) 0-0 13, Shelby Applegate 1 0-0 2, Emma Oostdyk 2 1-4 5, Melody McCloud 1 2-4 4, Breyenne Mosey 3 2-4 8, Alaysha Whitworth 2 1-2 5, Rosie O' Brian (1) 0-0 3. Totals 11 (4) 6-14 40.
WN 80, CWC 48
Western -- Gritt Ryder 4 (3) 0-0 17, Simone Evans 1 (1) 0-0 5, Idil Ozbyrak 1 0-0 2, Jessica Aratani 4 1-2 9, Evgenia Samdrodova 4 (2) 5-7 19, Mikayla Brower 0 1-2 5, Lauren Rivera 1 0-0 2, Katie Kerkoff 4 1-1 9, Alyssa Yates (2) 0-0 6, Ashley Stevens 3 0-0 6. Totals 24 (8) 8-12 80.
CWC -- Elise Keller 1 0-0 2, Emily Smith 4 2-3 10, Tina Hosea 2 8-8 12 Marrisa Hogan 1 3-4 5, Shay Cooper 1 0-0 2, Stephanie Smith 3 0-2 6, Lauren Bond 2 0-1 4, Porsha Wadsworth 2 0-0 4, Kaylee Walker 1 1-1 3. Totals 17 14-19 48.
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