CHEYENNE – The Laramie County Community College women's basketball team battled #18 Casper College on Saturday, but fell 93-70 at home.
The Golden Eagles now sit at 10-6 this season while Casper improves to 11-2.
Sophomore Darian Hale (Briggsdale, Colorado) led the team with 11 points and was a perfect 6-6 from the foul line. Freshman Sarah Kruthaupt (Las Vegas, Nevada) and Skylar Backstrom (Castle Rock, Colorado) also put up double-figures scoring 10 points apiece. Kruthaupt pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Casper was led by a 20-point effort from Natalia Panufnik, followed by an 18-point performance from Ashlie Larson. Panufnik led the team in boards with six.
LCCC didn't have their best performance from long-range, shooting 9-of-28 for 32 percent from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles were outrebounded 38-31.
Casper had no problem scoring in the early minutes as they opened the game on a 7-0 run. LCCC would narrow the gap before the Thunderbirds went on another run for a 26-16 lead after the first quarter.
CC began to separate themselves in the second quarter after a series of three's from Larson built up a double-digit lead. Late baskets from the Thunderbirds gave them a 52-33 lead at halftime.
As has been the case throughout the season, the Golden Eagles put up a strong second half but couldn't cut into the deficit. The Thunderbirds shot an impressive 55.6 percent from the field while the Golden Eagles were held to 33.3 percent.
The Golden Eagles will take a week away from games to concentrate on finals and will be back in action against Casper College on Saturday Dec. 16 in Casper. The team will return home after the holiday break hosting Otero Junior College at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19. Tickets for this and all LCCC home basketball games are $5 dollars for adults, $3 student, $2 seniors and military & free to all LCCC staff and faculty with valid ID.
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