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WNCC women top EWC, men fall to Lancers
 February 22, 2013

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.

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