Feddersen scores 32, WNCC women run past Lamar 95-57
     2016-01-15      By The Gering Citizen    editor@geringcitizen.com
Kalli Feddersen 
LAMAR, Colo. – Kalli Feddersen finished with a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds in leading the Western Nebraska Community College women to a convincing 95-57 Region IX South win last Saturday afternoon in Lamar, Colo.

Feddersen’s 32 points is the most points by a Cougar since Jess Samorodova had 31 points in 2012. Feddersen’s career best is 37 points while at Rawlins High School in Wyoming. Feddersen was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line.

“I think the scoring was free throws for the whole team this weekend,” she said. “We shot well from the line and it's what we needed since both teams got in foul trouble early. It is the most I've scored in college.”

The win, more importantly, kept the Cougars on top of the Region IX South standings with a 4-0 mark. It was also the team’s 14th win of the season and seventh straight victory.

Saturday’s win didn’t start great as both teams were tied 13 after the first quarter. Lamar even held a 28-24 lead in the second quarter before the Cougars rebounded.

“I think we started out really slow and we weren't really executing our game plan,” Feddersen said. “I think we finally got it together the second half. We actually followed through with the plan and we tried to change a lot and it helped and showed in the second half.”

Feddersen hit back-to-back buckets in the second quarter to tie things at 28. The Cougars went on a 14-3 run to close out the half leading 38-31.

The third quarter was all WNCC as the Cougar’s defense stepped up and pushed a seven-point halftime lead to double digits to open the quarter, 46-32. WNCC led 65-46 after three periods.

The Cougars continued excelling even stronger in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Runnin’ Lopes 30-11 for the win.

Feddersen said defense was a big key in the second half performance. WNCC out-rebounded Lamar 50-44 and recorded nine blocks and 15 steals.

“I think it's very important for defense,” she said. “We need to still get better on blocking out, being aggressive and getting rebounds.”
Feddersen paced the team with 10 rebounds along with getting three steals and a block.

Myriam Garcia also had a big defensive effort, recording six blocks in the win. Zeynep Canbaz and Kylie Hager also recorded blocks in the win.

WNCC shot 49 percent from the field and was 70 percent (29-of-41) from the charity stripe.

WNCC also had balanced scoring with four players in double figures. Besides Feddersen’s 32, Sladjana Rakovic finished with 14 followed by 12 points from Rylee Ward, and 11 from Ozge Yarga.

The Cougars also received eight points each from Bree Paulson and Canbaz.

WNCC, 14-2, will be back in action Jan. 21 when they travel to Eastern Wyoming College before hosting Otero Junior College on Jan. 22.

Women get 13th win of the season

STERLING, Colo. – Kalli Feddersen poured in 19 points and the Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team opened the second semester in style with an 81-47 win over Northeastern Junior College Friday in Sterling, Colo.

The win was the Cougars 13th of the season and moves WNCC to 3-0 in Region IX South play.

Feddersen was one of three players to finish with double figure scoring. Ozge Yarga finished with 15 points, including two 3-pointers and Mikayla Gonzales 12 points.

The contest between the two NJCAA national tournament qualifiers a year ago was close in the first quarter as WNCC held a slim 15-13 lead. After that, though, the Cougars opened up the offense jumping out to a 20-15 lead and went on to lead 40-23 at intermission.

WNCC never let up on the gas pedal in the second half, outscoring the Plainswomen 27-16 in the third quarter for a 67-39 lead.

WNCC shot 44 percent from the field, but it was their free throw shooting that was sparkling, connecting on 81 percent (13 of 15).

WNCC’s defense also stepped up, holding NJC to 31 percent shooting and forcing 25 Plainswomen turnovers.

WNCC, 13-2, will be back in action today when they travel to face Lamar Community College at 2 p.m. Lamar dropped an 81-65 contest to Eastern Wyoming College on Friday.


WNCC (14-2) 13 25 27 30 – 95
Lamar (4-12) 13 18 15 11 – 57

WNCC

Kalli Feddersen 32, Sladjana Rakovic 14, Bree Paulson 8, Mikayla Gonzales 2, Ozge Yarga 11, Luize Skrastina 2, Zeynep Canbaz 8, Rylee Ward 12, Myriam Garcia 6.

WNCC men fall to Lamar 95-90

LAMAR, Colo. – Michael Connor scored 24 points but it wasn’t enough as the Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team lost to Lamar Community College 95-90 in Region IX South action Saturday evening.

The loss drops the Cougars to 10-7 on the season and 2-5 in South play while Lamar goes to 2-2 in the South and 11-6 overall.

Saturday’s contest was a contest of runs. WNCC led 46-45 late in the first half before the Runnin’ Lopes scored the final four points for a 49-46 halftime lead.

In the second half, Lamar led 53-52 early before watching WNCC 17-3 to grab a 69-56 lead. WNCC led 83-71 after a RJ Palmer dunk and a Connor 3-pointer. That was when Lamar went on a run that saw the Runnin’ Lopes sliced the lead to 85-82.

WNCC answered to stay in the lead at 9-85 after four points from Connor. Lamar, however, came back with two 3-pointers to take a 92-89 lead and won the game on clutch free throws.

WNCC had four players in double figures. After Connors’ 24 pints, Tyrell Williams pitched in 15, followed by Mason Smith and Michael Sparks each with 11 points.

Lamar finished the game connecting on 14 3-pointers, six from leading scorer Jon Dunmyer. Wayne Stewart also had seven treys to finish the game with 25 points.

WNCC will look to get back on track Thursday when they travel to Eastern Wyoming College followed by a game on Saturday against Dawson Community College.

NOTES:

The Western Nebraska Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams will get back into action this weekend with Region IX South contests on the road.

The two Cougar teams open second semester play Jan. 8 (Friday) when they travel to Northeastern Junior College with the women’s game starting at 5:30 p.m. The Cougars will finish off the weekend trip when they travel to Lamar Community College on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m.

The WNCC women look to stay on top the South standings. WNCC is 2-0 and 12-2 overall. NJC is 1-1 in South play and 5-8 overall. Lamar enters with a 0-1 conference record and 4-10 overall.

The contests won’t be easy ones, however. WNCC and NJC always have battles and the Plainswomen are coming off a 62-49 defeat to Colorado Northwestern on Wednesday.

The Cougar women come into the contest as one of the region’s top defensive teams, allowing just 652 points, 46.57 points a game.

WNCC also ranks 30th in scoring offense in the nation, averaging 78.7 points a game. McCook (85.9), Lamar (86.8) and Sheridan (82.1) are Region IX teams ranked higher than WNCC.

The Plainswomen enter with a tough defense themselves, giving up 66.6 points a game. The Plainswomen have had trouble scoring this season, however, coming in at 56.7 points a game.

Saturday’s contests could be high scoring as Lamar has given up over 1,200 points on offense and defense in 14 contests. The Runnin’ Lopes are scoring 86.8 points a game, seventh in the nation, but at the same time, Lamar is allowing 91.5 points a game.

The WNCC have balanced scoring this season with just two players averaging double figures. Zeynep Canbaz is scoring at 11.2 points a game followed by Sladjana Rakovic at 10.3 points. WNCC has seven players that are averaging six points or more a game this season. Kalli Feddersen is at 8.1 points followed by Bree Paulson at 7.6, Oleida DeLeon at 6.9, Myram Garcia and Ozge Yarga at 6.3, and Mikayla Gonzales and Luize Skrastina at 6.0 points.

A bit key for the Cougar women’s games this weekend is shooting. WNCC is connecting on 41.3 percent from the field and 31.7 from beyond the arc. Three-point shooting hasn’t been a strength for the team this season, connecting on just 58 treys. Rylee Ward leads the team with 11 treys followed by Canbaz and Yarga with 10 each.

What wins games for the Cougars is defense and that is where they excel. WNCC is allowing just 28.8 shooting from their opponents this season.
The Cougars have also out-rebounded their opponents 570-466 and picked off 201 steals. Most of the stealing comes from Canbaz with 37 followed by Feddersen with 33. Rakovic has also had 26 steals.

While the women will be looking to stay on top of the regional standings, the Cougar men look to stay among the leaders. The men’s South standings have a logjam with four teams have 2-2 marks in the conference. Otero leads the standings with a 4-0 mark followed by McCook at 3-1. After that, Laramie County, NJC, Trinidad, and North Platte are at 2-2 and WNCC is right behind at 2-3.

WNCC enters the weekend with a sparkling 10-5 mark and one of the top scoring teams in the South, averaging 86 points a game.

The Cougar men, after dropping its first three South contests, bounced back with big wins over North Platte (84-77) and previously unbeaten McCook 98-78.

Both opponents this weekend are looking to start winning streaks themselves. NJC is coming off a 100-94 loss to Otero on Dec. 12, while Lamar dropped its last two, falling to McCook 99-84 on Dec. 4 and North Platte 73-66 onDec. 5. Lamar returns to action Friday when they host Eastern Wyoming College.

The Cougar men’s first semester saw a balanced performance with four players averaging double figures. Phil Fayne led the team with a 12.1 scoring average followed by Tyrell Williams at 11.6 points. Chase Mason and Andrew Ramirez followed with 10 point averages.

WNCC also received 7.5 points from Michael Sparks and 7.2 points from RJ Palmer, while Mason Smith netted 6.7 points.

WNCC scoring potential comes from a variety of areas as they are shooting at a 49.2 percent clip while making 36.8 percent of their 3-point shots. The Cougars have connected on 96 treys so far this season, led by Mason with 24 and Ramirez with 18.

After this weekend, both teams will travel to Eastern Wyoming College on Thursday. The Cougar men will head to Dawson on Saturday, Jan. 16, while the women host Otero on Friday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

The games can be heard live on the radio at Sunny 99.3 FM this weekend.

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