Mar. 11, 2015


Five Rustlers Recognized by Region IX



Five students and the men's basketball coach received recognition during the NJCAA DI Region IX tournament last week. 

After the women's team made it to the semi-finals and were beat by Western Nebraska Community College, Region IX recognized outstanding players during the tournament and the season. Three Central Wyoming College players from the team were named; two for All-Region Basketball team and for All-Tournament team and one for All Defensive team. 

Sophomores Jolanna Sazue from Pine Ridge, S.D., and Kiara Skinner from Cody, Wyo., both made the All-Region Basketball team and the All-Tournament team. 

"Both of these athletes are very deserving of this; all year they were consistent and brought that competitive edge, which helped them stand out," Steve Barlow, Athletic Director said.
In the 2014-15 season, Sazue averaged 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Skinner averaged 10.2 points and 5 rebounds per game.

Teammate Stephanie Smith from Mountain View, Wyo., made the All-Defensive team. Standing 6'6" this sophomore led the Nation in blocks with 166 overall.

"Her presence on the court changed the dynamics of the game, both offensively and defensively," Barlow said.

One player on the men's team, sophomore Bryce Canda from Portland, Ore., made First Team All-Region IX. Canda averaged 19.3 points and 6 rebounds per game, on the season.

"Bryce is a tenacious competitor, great teammate and respected leader," Barlow said. "He leads with what he does on and off the court and is one heck of a ball player."

"Each of these student athletes are deserving of the recognition they received by other teams in the region," Barlow said. 

The men's head basketball coach, Pat Rafferty, received coach of the year for NJCAA DI Region IX North sub-region. This is Rafferty's second year at CWC. Rafferty, originally from Buffalo, Wyo., started his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant at Eastern Montana. He soon became the interim head coach after the death of the Eastern Montana head coach. Rafferty has coached for other colleges around the United State including University of Louisville, University of Idaho, Drake University, Grayson College, Casper College and Midland College.

"Coach Rafferty did an outstanding job guiding this team to a successful season in a very competitive region in the NJCAA," Barlow said. "Our entire coaching staff is dedicated to helping our students succeed on the court and in the classroom.


Mar. 5, 2015


Rustler Women Reach Semi-Final of the Region IX Tournament


(Scottsbluff, Neb.) The Rustlers reached the Final Four of the Region IX tournament, with their win over Otero JC.  Two Rustlers, Hannah Beede and Stephanie Smith had double-doubles in the 75-54 win.  The Rustlers will meet tournament host and #1 seed from the South, Western Nebraska CC Friday at 7:00pm.


Mar. 3, 3015


Rustler Women Advance in Region IX Tournament


(Scottsbluff, Neb.) The Women's Basketball team defeated Trinidad State Junior College 67-47 to advance to the next roung of the Region IX tournament.  Sophomore Kiara Skinner led the Rustlers with 16 points as the Rustlers dominated the Trojans.


Next up for the Rustlers, they will play the winner of Otero v Western Wyoming, Thursday March 5th at 5:00pm.  For links to the livestream as well as the tournament bracket check out the schedule/results page on the website, under women's basketball.


Feb. 13, 2015


Both Rustler Teams Victorious on Sophomore Night


(Riverton, Wyo)  In the last regular home season games of the season, both the Men's and Women's basketball teams were victorious over Western Wyoming CC.  Behind a 30 point performance from Sophomore Jolonna Sazue, the Rustler women outscored the Mustangs 62-53. 


The men won 67-59, behind a 30 point performance from Sophomore Bryce Canda.  


Both teams will finish their regular season on the road, this week.  Tuesday they travel to Powell, WY and Saturday they conclude their season against Casper College.


Jan. 29, 2015


Rustler Women Roll Past Little Big Horn College, 92-47


(Riverton, Wyo.)  The Rustler Women defeated conference opponent Little Big Horn College handidly in front of a large crowd, Thursday night.  Sophomore Hannah Beede led the Rustlers in scoring with 20 points and 7 rebounds.  Lashyra Butler added another 18 points, 4 assists and 4 steals while Jolonna Sazue also netted 15 points along with 5 steals.  


The Rustlers are back in Rustler Gymnasium, tonight, as they take on Miles CC.  Tip of is 5:30pm.


Jan. 21, 2015


Rustler Women Defeat Northwest at Home, Improve to 4-1 in Conference Play


(Riverton, Wyo.)  The Rustler Women improved their conference record, Tuesday night, defeating a tough Trappers team 55-52.  In what turned out to be a close game through the entirety, the Rustlers played till the finish.  The Rustlers led the entire game till just under 3 minutes remained and the Trappers took a two point lead.  But, utilizing their 6'6" forward Sophomore Stephanie Smith and some clutch free throws made by the team in the late minutes, the Rustlers would take that lead back and hold on. 


The Rustlers hold on to 3rd place in the North Region.  They will play at Western Saturday.


Leading scorer for the Rustlers was Smith with 19.  Sophomore Kiara Skinner followed with 11.

Smith also brought down 7 rebounds and had 2 blocked shots.


Dec. 6, 2014


Rustler End Weekend Classic with a Come from Behind Win Over Eastern Wyoming


(Riverton, Wyo.)  The Lady Rustlers were home for the first time this season as they hosted the CWC Classic at Rustler Gymnasium.  The Rustlers opened the tournament against an undefeated Western Nebraska team.  The Cougars game away with another win as they defeated the hometown Rustlers 51-40.  The Rustlers failed to have anyone score in double digits as Kiara Skinner and Hannah Beede were leading scorers with 9 points each.  Skinner also led in rebounds with 7.


The Rustlers came back Saturday to defeat Eastern Wyoming 68-62, after being down by 17 at half-time.  The Rustlers were defeated by Eastern earlier this season, at Torrington.  The Rustlers were prepared for the press this time around.  The Rustlers were led in scoring by Beede with 20.  Stephanie Smith added another double-double to her career with 11 points, 12 rebounds and also had 5 blocks in the game.


The Rustlers head to San Diego to compete in a tournament before the break.  They will be back at Rustler Gymnasium with the men January 9 & 10 for their first conference matches, hosting Gillette College & Sheridan College.


Nov. 30, 2014


Women Win One, Lose One on the Road

(Rock Springs, Wyo) The Lady Rustlers traveled to Rock Springs, Wy over the weekend facing Salt Lake Community College and Utah State University – Eastern.  The Rustler opened the weekend falling to #10 Salt Lake CC 77-51.  The Bruins held the Rustlers to just 51 points.  Sophomore Jolonna Sazue scored 13 and Kiara Skinner scored 14.  
The Rustlers came back Saturday to defeat USU-E 80-79.  Stephanie Smith had 17 points, 18 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots.  Hannah Beede and Kiara Skinner each added an additional 16 points.  The Rustlers held the Golden Eagles to under 30% shooting.
The Rustlers are home for the first time this season as they host their classic December 5 & 6.  The Rustlers will host Western Nebraska, Friday 6:00pm and Eastern Wyoming, Saturday 2:00pm.


Nov. 22, 2014


Women Defeat Colby CC Before Falling to Nationally Ranked Western Nebraska 


(Scottsbluff, Neb) Over the weekend the women competed in Western Nebraska's Classic.  The women handled Colby CC, 71-44 Friday night.  Sophomore Jocelyn Jones scored a season high 20 points while also grabbing 7 rebounds for the Rustlers.  Sophomore Stephanie Smith grabbed 10 rebounds and made 5 blocks.


Saturday the Rustlers played tournament host, #16 ranked Western Nebraska.  The Rustlers fell to the Cougars 67-48.  Hannah Beede led the Rustlers with 12 points, Jolonna Sazue had 11, and Lashyra Butlerscored 10.  Smith once again made a defensive presence with 13 rebounds and 4 blocks.  Smith currently has 33 blocks in the first 7 games for the Rustlers, making her the 5th ranked blocker in the Nation.


The Lady Rustlers hit the Road over the Holiday Weekend to play Salt Lake CC and Utah State University-Eastern in Rock Springs, WY.


Nov. 15, 2014


Women Split on the Road at Northwest College Classic


(Powell, Wyo) The Lady Rustlers defeat former Region IX competitor Dawson CC 73-43 in the opening game of the Trappers Classic.  Sophomore Jolonna Sazue netted a season high 26 points, just three points shy of matching her career high of 29. 


The Rustlers fell by just two points the following day to Bismarck State College, 79-77. Sophomore Jocelyn Jones had 18 points & 19 rebounds, leading all Rustlers in Scoring.  Sophomore Tonya Busse grabbed 11 rebounds.


Nov. 12, 2014


Rustler Women Fall to Eastern Wyoming on the Road


The Rustler Women's Basketball team fell to Eastern Wyoming on the road in Torrington, Tuesday, 68-52.  Eastern grabbed the lead from the start and never looked back, putting on a full court press that the Rustlers struggled to get by.  The Rustlers were able to get within single-digits of Eastern, but were unable to take the lead.
Sophomore Stephanie Smith grabbed a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots.  Sophomores Jolonna Sazue and Kiara Skinner each scored 8 points as well, for the Rustlers.
The Rustlers are back on the road this weekend.  They will compete in Powell, WY at the Northwest College Classic where they will take on Bismarck State College and former Region IX competitor Dawson Community College.  They will meet Eastern Wyoming again on December 5th for the Classic held at Rustler Gymnasium.

Nov. 1, 2014


Rustlers Hit the Road and Open Season 2-0


(Casper, Wyo) In their season opener the Women's Basketball team started strong defeating Otero JC and Lamar CC in the Casper College Tip-Off Tournament.  Sophomore Jolonna Sazue led the Rustlers with 18 points and 9 rebounds.  Sophomore Stephanie Smith brought down 11 rebounds to go with her 14 points. Transfer Lashyra Butler also netted 14 points for the Rustlers, as they defeated Otero 63-58.


In game two, the Rustlers dominated Lamar CC 99-68.  Sophomores Hannah Beede and Smith each scored 18, while Sazue scored 16.  The Rustlers were 50% from the field.



Online Basketball Form

Athletes interested in more information on the CWC Women's Basketball Program should complete an online Basketball Form and email it or send a printed copy to the CWC Athletic Department, attn: Athletic Director, 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, WY 82501.







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