ROCK SPRINGS — Mustang men’s and women’s basketball will be in action at Rushmore Gymnasium this Friday, Nov. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 28, as part of the annual Mustang Invitational Tournament. Four other teams will participate in the tournament, which will mark the Mustang women’s first home games of the 2015-16 season.
On Friday, the Mustang women will take the floor at 6 p.m. versus the Utah All-Stars, and the men will play at 8 p.m. versus Utah State University- Eastern.
On Saturday, the Mustang women will play at 4 p.m. versus the Idaho All-Stars, and the men will play at 6 p.m. versus TaylorMade Prep, a college prep program in Phoenix.
The complete tournament scheduled is listed below.
Both WWCC squads are enjoying early success this season; the women’s team comes into this week’s tournament with a 5-2 record, while the men are undefeated in their first six games.
Men’s head coach Ryan Orton said tough defense has been key to his team’s success in the early going.
“We set a goal of 33 points per half for our defense. We don’t want to give up any more than that,” he said. “We have managed to do that in 10 out of 12 halves so far this season. The guys see positive results from that, they buy into that system, and they have success. Hopefully, this is preparing them to play against some very tough teams during our region schedule.”
Now in his second year as women’s head coach, Garett Sherman is leading a young team that features no returning starters from last season. But the Mustangs’ strong start early is indicative of his squad’s level of talent, he said, and playing seven road games to start the season probably has been more benefit than obstacle for the Mustangs.
“It’s kind of just us out there, and there are fewer distractions. I actually think it’s been a good thing for us,” Sherman said. “We should be 6-1 right now. We lost to McCook at their tournament against a team that was really more polished than we are; they had five returning starters. And we dropped an easy one to Northwest Kansas Tech that we really should have won.
“But I am tickled to be 5-2 right now,” he added. “We are very talented, and the girls get along great. I don’t remember the last time I had this much fun coaching a group of kids.”
Following the Mustang Invitational Tournament, the men’s team will spend about six weeks playing on the road before playing its next home game versus Casper College on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
The women’s team will be back in Rushmore Gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. versus the Wyoming All-Stars and again on Saturday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. versus the WWCC Alumni, before also playing Casper on Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Mustang Invitational Tournament Schedule:
Friday, Nov. 27
Central Wyoming College vs. Idaho All-Stars – 2 p.m.
Western Wyoming Community College vs. Utah All-Stars – 6 p.m.
TaylorMade Prep vs. Planet Athlete Academy – 4 p.m.
Western Wyoming Community College vs. Utah State University-Eastern – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28
Utah All-Stars vs. Central Wyoming College – 12 p.m.
Western Wyoming Community College vs. Idaho All-Stars – 4 p.m.
Planet Athlete Academy vs. Utah State University – Eastern – 2 p.m.
Western Wyoming Community College vs. TaylorMade Prep – 6 p.m.