Central Wyoming College basketball swept by nationally ranked Casper College

by | Jan 9, 2020 5:54PM

Central Wyoming College release:

The CWC Rustler Men’s Basketball team took the court last night in what would be the opening conference game of the season, facing off against #19 Casper College.  Central would end up losing the game, 90-103.  “Props to Casper for leveling up their play to start conference. I had built the game up with our guys, ultimately leading them to play a little tight. The entire program lost this game and we have a lot to learn from it. I told the guys before the game this is a journey. This one game will not determine our conference season. Time to move forward and improve,” commented Coach Brad Schmit.

From the opening tip, Casper took control of the game, going into a halftime lead of 51-33.  Central would battle back after halftime, outscoring Casper 57-52.  Jerroda Briscoe and Darius Guinn both had 22 points for the Rustlers.  Briscoe had 11 rebounds and 5 blocks, and Guinn added 9 boards.  Freshman Treyton Paxton would add 14 points, going 3/3 from the arc.  Coach Schmit had this to say about the loss: “Overall I was very pleased with how the guys battled back after getting down 27 in the second half. The reality is, we dug ourselves to big a hole the first half by 8-38 from the field. We won’t win another game on our schedule shooting like that.”

Up Next:  The Rustlers will head to Gillette College on Saturday, January 11th.  Tip-off is scheduled for 4pm.

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Despite a well fought game by Central Wyoming, Casper College finished with the wi, Saturday night at Rustler Gym. The Central Wyoming women’s basketball team kept it close for most of the game, they went into halftime only down by 13. The team was led by sophomore guard, Essy Latu, who had 13 points by the half.  Essy Latu is leading Region IX in 3-point shooting percentage at 45.5%. 

Final Score: Central – 51, Casper – 63 

Location: Rustler Gym (Riverton, WY)

Records: Central (4-10, 0-1 Region IX) Casper  (14-2, 1-0 Region lX)

Players of the Game: 

Essy Latu led all scorers at 23 points, 5/6 3FG

Teammates Kai Ramos trailed with 10 points, Hayley Cotter added 8 points and 13 rebounds. 

By The Numbers:

Central won the game in many areas from a statistical perspective. Led in rebounds 39 – 38, free throw percentage 83% – 54%, 3FG 31% compared to 26%, and shooting percentage was tied at 36%. Casper’s top scorers were Natalia Otkhmezuri with 14 points, teammate Mya Jones trailed with a close 13 pts, and Ashley Tehau with 10 points to follow. The most notable statistic difference from Central to Casper was the turnover ratio. Central had almost double the turnovers as Casper at 22 to 12.  

Up Next:  Central hits the road to Gillette College on Saturday, Jan 11th @ 2:00PM. The game will be live streamed on the Pronghorn athletic page.

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