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Light schedule for Cougar basketball this week

Light schedule for Cougar basketball this week
(Photo courtesy of WNCC)

The Western Nebraska Community College men’s and women’s basketball team has a busy Thanksgiving by hosting a classic and this week it will be light in action.

The Cougar women will play two games while the men play just once.

The WNCC women, 7-2 on the season, will be at home on Tuesday, November 27 when they host the Colorado State Club team at 6 p.m. at Cougar Palace. The Cougar women have scored over 90 points in all seven wins this season. WNCC is ranked fourth in the nation in offensive points at 92.4 points a game. Harford leads the nation at 106.3 followed by Tallahassee at 96.6 and South Plains at 93.2.

On the same token, the Cougar women lead the nation in made 3-pointers with 106, where they are making 38.1 percent of their shots, which is 15th in the nation.

Individually, WNCC sophomore Merle Wiehl has scored the most points so far in the nation at 205 and ranks sixth overall in average at 22.8. Wiehl is second in the nation in made treys with 32

Tishara Morehouse is 15th in the nation in scoring points with 153 points scored.

After Tuesday, both Cougar teams travel to Torrington, Wyoming, to take on Eastern Wyoming College. The EWC women are 8-0 on the season while the Lancer men are 3-6 on the season.

The WNCC and EWC women’s game has two offensive-minded teams. The Lancers area averaging 88.1 points a game and shooting 34.7 percent from beyond arc. Last week at the WNCC Thanksgiving Classic, the Lancers beat the Nebraska All-stars 108-73 and then Trinidad State 85-67.

WNCC also defeated the same teams, topping Trinidad 110-62 and then the Nebraska All-stars 102-33.

The Cougar men are on a five-game winning streak. Last weekend, the No. 14 Cougars topped No. 12 Indian Hills 89-81 in overtime in the first day of the Thanksgiving Classic. The Cougars wrapped up the classic with a 104-83 win over Rainy River Community College.

WNCC’s offense has been high-octane having scored 90 or more points in eight of the 10 games played. The Cougars have hit the century mark just four times this season.

The WNCC men are 30th in the nation in scoring points at 96.3 points. Casper College is the highest Region IX team in scoring in the nation at 102.3 points.

Individually, sophomore Jervay Green is 12th in the nation in scoring at 23.7 points a game. Green, the University of Nebraska recruit, is 13th in made 3-pointers with 28.

Sophomore Dru Kuxausen is ranked fifth in the nation in made treys with 35. Kuzhausen is making 47.3 percent of his 3-pointers while averaging 17.5 points a game. Kuxhausen buried a season-best seven treys in a 93-90 win over Western Wyoming on Nov. 16.

After this week, the Cougar men will have one more home game before Christmas when they host Laramie County Community College on Dec. 11. Other than that, the two teams will hit the road for games before the holiday break.

While the schedule for Cougar basketball is light this week, basketball action at the Palace will be strong for a fourth-straight weekend when high school basketball takes center stage with the

Western Conference Tournament. Play in the WC tourney opens up with first-round games on Thursday at high school sites. Action heads to Cougar Palace on Friday with the semifinals and then the third-place games and finals on Saturday.

Eight teams will partake in the tourney. Girl’s first-round action at Gering High School has Mitchell taking on Sterling, Colorado at 4 p.m.; action at Mitchell High School has Denver School of Science and Technology Conservatory Green facing Scottsbluff at 7 p.m. and Chadron meeting Alliance at 4 p.m. The other first round action has Gering taking on Sidney at 4 p.m. at Scottsbluff High.

Boy’s first round action at Gering High School has Sterling, Colorado, facing Mitchell at 5:30 p.m., at Scottsbluff High, Gering meeting DSST Conservatory Green at 5:30 p.m. and then Sidney facing Alliance at 7 p.m., and at Mitchell High, Chadron takes on Scottsbluff at 5:30 p.m.

The winners will advance to the college on Friday, while the losers will play at Scottsbluff High School in consolation action.

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