Cougars split with EWC

TORRINGTON, Wyo. – Mikayla Brower made the most of her return home as the Torrington graduate poured in 15 founts, including going 5 of 6 form the 3-point line in helping the No. 21-ranked Western Nebraska Community College women's basketball team to 60-49 win over Eastern Wyoming College Thursday night in Torrington, Wyo.

The loss stopped a 9-game win streak by the Lancers, while the Cougars got back on the winning track after falling to McCook on Tuesday.

The Cougars offense and defense were key in the win Thursday. WNCC buried seven 3-pointers on the night, connecting on 46.7 percent of their long range shots.

The early going was tight as WNCC held a slim 7-6 lead. WNCC then started to open up the contest on a 3-pointer by Mikayla Brower and then back-to-back buckets by Ashley Stevens and Simone Evans for a 16-9 lead. WNCC led 29-19 at intermission.

WNCC continued playing well defensively and offensively. WNCC widened the lead to 14 points at 37-23 on bucket's by Jessica Aratani and Gritt Ryder. WNCC then went on a 3-point shooting spree as Brower had two treys, and Shalisa Moffit and Laurin Rivera each had one to go up 55-32.

WNCC had just one player in double figures in Brower. Brower's long-range on the night helped her stay atop the NJCAA national rankings for 3-point shooting, where she is now connecting on 56.8 percent of her shots.

The Cougars also received a nine-point, 10-rebound effort from Aratani, while Stevens had eight points. Gritt Ryder, Rivera, and Moffit all had seven points.

EWC, who only shot 35 from the field and 27 percent from the 3-point line, was led by Jai Chandler with 12 points. JaiDah Richardson and Hazel Doe each pitched in eight points.

The Lancers have three home contests left as they host Northwest Kansas Technical College today, North Platte Community College on Saturday, and Casper College on Tuesday.

The Cougars have just one more regular season contest left as they host Northwest Kansas Technical College on Wednesday at 6 p.m. WNCC will then host the Region IX tournament beginning March 3. WNCC's first contest will be Sunday, March 3 at 7 p.m. against Little Big Horn College.



WNCC 29 31 – 60

EWC 19 30 – 49

WNCC

Mikayla Brower 15, Kelsey Doddridge 5, Gritt Ryder 7, Ashley Stevens 8, Jessica Aratani 9, Laurin Rivera 7, Shalisa Moffit 7, Simone Evans 2.

EWC

Jai Chandler 12, Megan Crenshaw 2, JaiDah Richardson 8, Brittany Cross 7, Courtney Peterson 2, Hazel Doe 8, Shayna Shaffer 3, Jeileen Mas 4, Bryana Larsen 3.



EWC men run past WNCC 76-52

TORRINGTON, Wyo. – The Eastern Wyoming College men's basketball team raced out to a 13-2 lead and put three players in double figures in registering a 76-52 South Sub-Region win over the Cougars on Thursday.

The Lancers received 17 points from Ryan Wilson and Jonathan Doss, and 13 points from Jason McClellan in registering their 16th win of the season. The Lancers moves to 8-7 in sub-region play with their last sub-region contest Saturday against North Platte Community College.

For the Cougars, they were led Scottsbluff graduate Rich Williams and Youssoupha Kane each with nine points. Williams' points were on three 3-pointers. The Cougars fell to 5-10 in sub-region play and 12-17 overall. WNCC will wrap up the regular season with a home contest against North Platte Community College today at 4 p.m.

The big key in the contest was turnovers, where WNCC committed 18 to EWC's six. The Lancers also connected on seven 3-pointers, three from Wilson, while WNCC had just four treys.

EWC bolted to a 13-2 lead before Chad Calcaterra stopped the run with a bucket with 11:30 to play. The Lancers came back to go up 17-4 and then went up 28-7 on a Jonathan Doss 3-ponter. EWC led 38-21 at intermission.

The second half was closer as EWC outscored the Cougars 37-31, but WNCC never could make up the early deficit.



WNCC 21 31 – 52

EWC 38 37 – 75

WNCC

Tahir Little 8, Quante Cooley 4, Charles Ward 6, Sebastian Suarez 2, Cody Johnson 5, Rich Williams 9, Isaiah Castellaw 2, Doudou Gueye 3, Youssoupha Kane 9, Chad Calcaterra 4.

EWC

Joel Nyembo 8, Jordan Dick 5, Prescott Williams 8, Ryan Wilson 17, Slade Spoonhunter 2, Jason McClellan 13, Jonathan Doss 17, Andre Norris 2, Marko Potkonjak 3.

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