WNCC women thump Central Wyo., 80-42, for season’s 10th victory
     2015-12-11      By The Gering Citizen    editor@geringcitizen.com
WNCC Myram Garcia drives toward the hoop past a Trinidad State Junior College defender in action on Dec. 3 at the Palace. The Cougars started a three-game win streak with the 64-32 victory over the South Region IX foe. Garcia with six points was one of 10 Cougars that scored. Courtesy photo 
RIVERTON, Wyo. — The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team put three players in double figures and had another strong defensive outing. WNCC downed Central Wyoming College 80-42 Saturday in the final day of the Wyoming Community Bank Classic here.

The win moves the Cougars to 10-2. WNCC has now won three straight as they return home for a pair of contests this weekend when they face the Nebraska All-stars Friday, Dec. 11 and then McCook Community College on Saturday, Dec. 12.

WNCC had another strong shooting contest, connecting on 49 percent from the field. WNCC made three 3-pointers in the contest.

Central Wyoming’s shooting was off the mark, making 26 percent from the field and three 3-pointers.

The big key was rebounding. WNCC out-rebounded the Rustlers 46-38 advantage, led by four players with four each. Kalli Feddersen, Sladjana Rakovic, Mikayla Gonzales, and Myram Garcia all led the team.

Offensively, the Cougars were sharp. Zeynep Canbaz led the way with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Rakovic also tossed in 14 points while Gonzales had 10.

WNCC also had 21 steals to aid in their defensive effort. Feddersen, who had eight points, finished the game with six steals followed by Canbaz with five.

WNCC had no problem controlling the pace of play, racing to a 19-12 first-quarter lead, and then widened the gap to 10 points with a 30-20 halftime advantage. WNCC opened the third quarter red hot, scoring 26 points to lead 56-34 after three periods.

Central Wyoming, who was defeated by WNCC a couple weeks ago, didn’t have any players finish with double digits. Olivia Ellis and Olivia Thompson each had nine points.

On Thursday, the WNCC women used balanced scoring and another solid defensive effort in downing Western Wyoming Community College 64-35 in the first day of the Community Bank Classic.

The Cougars defensive effort was highlighted by 14 steals and holding the Mustangs to 21 percent shooting.

WNCC had two players in double figures, led by Feddersen with 13 points and Hannah Sparks with 11. Ozge Yarga and Mikayla Gonzales pitched in eight points each.

The Cougars play was demonstrated from the start, holding a 17-12 lead after one period. WNCC doubled up the Mustangs at halftime, outscoring Western Wyoming 15-4 for a 32-16 halftime lead.

WNCC kept up the defensive effort as well as hitting shots in the second half. The Cougars outscored Western Wyoming 16-10 in the third quarter and then 16-9 in the final stanza for their ninth win of the season.

The Cougars shot 41 percent from the field, including connecting on 36 percent from beyond the arc with five 3-pointers. Yarga buried two treys while Feddersen, Oleida DeLeon, and Rylee Ward each had one.

The Cougars also cleaned the glass for 45 rebounds, led by Gonzales with eight and six each from Feddersen and Rakovic.

Sparks and Yarga each had three steals in the game, while Zeynep Canbaz had four assists.

WNCC 19 11 26 14 – 80
C. Wyoming 12 8 14 8 – 42

WNCC
Kallie Feddersen 8, Sladjana Rakovic 14, Hannah Sparks 4, Zeynep Canbaz 16, Kylie Hager 2, Luize Skrastina 6, Oleida DeLeon 4, Rylee Ward 6, Mikayla Gonzales 10, Myram Garcia 6.

CENTRAL WYOMING
Kyla Paulus 8, Olivia Ellis 9, Olivia Thompson 9, Samantha Fernandez 5, Loveeda White 7, Alexis Pickerd 3, Jess Underberg 1.

WNCC (9-2) 17 15 16 16 – 64
WWCC (7-2) 12 4 10 9 – 35

WNCC
Kalli Feddersen 13, Sladjana Rakovic 6, Hannah Sparks 11, Zeynep Canbaz 2, Bree Paulson 3, Ozge Yarga 8, Luize Skrastina 6, Oleida DeLeon 3, Rylee Ward 3, Mikayla Gonzales 8, Myram Garcia 1.

WWCC
Reece Bauer 11, Julia Hanni 2, Irene Garrido Perez 10, Shayla Strauss 3, Savannah Hunter 9.

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