WNCC women blow past Tabor JV
     2015-11-12      By The Gering Citizen    editor@geringcitizen.com
COLBY, Kans. – The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team found their offense Saturday against Tabor College junior varsity as the 25th ranked Cougars scored at least 20 points in each 10-minute quarter for the 86-63 win.

The Cougars, 3-0, had five players in double figures in the win. Zeynap Canbez led the team with 15 points followed by Myram Garcia with 14 points. Garcia also pulled down seven boards.

Cougars opened the season with an 80-56 win over Hesston College on Nov. 5 at the Ambassador Classic in Colby, Kan., and followed the victory by trouncing tourney host Colby Community College, 80-40, the next day.

In the win against Tabor, WNCC received a solid performance from Hannah Sparks, who finished with 11 points. Luize Skrastina and Sladjana Rakovic each had 10 points. Skrastina also pulled down nine boards in the win.

The Cougars found themselves in tight contest early on as Tabor held just a two-point advantage, 23-21, after the first quarter. In the second and third quarters, WNCC’s defense stiffened, which triggered the offense. WNCC outscored Tabor 20-11 in the second quarter to take a 41-34 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the Cougars kept their strong defense going, outscoring Tabor 24-9 to grab a 65-43 lead heading into the fourth. The final 10 minutes saw WNCC outscore Tabor 21-20 for the 23-point win.

The defense was huge Saturday as the Cougars had 13 steals and 41 rebounds. Canbaz and Skrastina each had four steals, while Hannah Sparks recorded three.

WNCC also shot the ball better Saturday, connecting on 49 percent of their shots. The Cougars were also 3-of-9 for 33 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Canbaz, Rylee Ward, and Mikayla Gonzales delivered most of the Cougar’s outside shots.

Free throw shooting was also better against Tabor. The Cougars sank 13-of-16 for 81 percent.

WNCC was back in action yesterday (Nov. 12) and today when they travel to take part in the Air Force Prep Classic, a tourney in which they will face Sheridan College and Salt Lake Community College.

Tabor JV 23 11 9 20 – 63
WNCC (3-0) 21 20 24 21 – 86
WNCC
Sladjana Rakovic 10, Hannah Sparks 11, Luize Skrastina 10, Zeynap Canbaz 15, Ozge Yarga 6, Kylie Hager 2, Oleida DeLeon 6, Bree Paulson 2, Rylee Ward 5, Mikayla Gonzales 3, Myram Garcia 14.

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