CWC Women win, CWC Men lost in OT, Cowgirls won

The Central Wyoming College Rustler basketball teams split games on Friday, with the women getting a victory and the men a one point loss in overtime. The Women played the Wyoming All Stars at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs and came away with an 81 to 44 victory. Three players hit for double figures, with Olivia Eliss scoring 19, Kayla Paulus hitting for 17 and Taij Criss-Felton with 11 points. Samantha Fernandez hit for nine and Olivia Thompson has 8 points but ruled the boards with 12 caroms. Stacey Nutt was the only All-Star in double figures with 11. The Rustlers outrebounded the All-Stars 55 to 38 while shooting 42 percent from the field and 39 percent from long range. The All-Stars only managed 24 percent shooting from the field and 14 percent from three-point range. "We played much better in the second half. These types of games are difficult to prepare for, but I thought the players did their best,” Coach Serol Stauffenberg said. The women (5-3 on the year) play the Idaho All Stars at 3 p.m. today at Mustang Gym. Meanwhile, at the Casper Thanksgiving Tournament, the CWC men dropped an overtime contest that was close throughout to the Lamar Running Lopes 94-93 on a basket with just eight seconds remaining after CWC had taken the lead 24 seconds earlier. The Rustlers trailed by one at half-time, 37-36. The game ended tied at 80 apiece. Leading scorer for Central was was Brannon Cresanto with 29, Nicholas Anderson hit for 18, Justice Augomon had 14 and Marcus Nolan hit for 10. Gary Long Jr. just missed double figures with 9. Leading rebounder was Dennis Golovka with 7 as the Rustlers were out-rebounded by the Lopes 45 to 30. CWC 19 of 37 from the field for a game total of 43 percent while their three point shooting was 8 of 18 for 44 percent. They hit 92 percent of their free throws going 11 for 12. The Running Lopes shot 37 percent from the field and 46 percent from three but were only 81 percent from the line, 24 of 31 free throws. The men (4-8 on the season) play the host Casper College T-Birds at 5 p.m. toight. At Laramie, the Cowgirl basketball team (3-1 overall) earned its third win of the season with a 76-67 victory over UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (1-5 overall) on Friday night. Four starters finished the night in double-figures led by Marquelle Dent. She finished with 17 points and six assists in 26 minutes. Marta Gomez had 16 points, Jordan Kelley added 13 points and Liv Roberts recorded 12 points. Roberts also had a team-high seven rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 22-of-44 (.500) from the field and 27-of-35 (.771) from the free throw line. UW out rebounded UCSB 29-27 and had 24 points off turnovers. “We knew going in tonight that it would be a difficult contest. Both teams competed at a high level,” UW head coach Joe Legerski said. “UCSB has had a number of close games and that record is very deceiving. Wyoming will return to the court on Thursday night against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The game is set for a 7 p.m. MT tip-off in Spokane.