Casper College Womens Basketball

Casper College guard Paula Orenes Sanchez brings the ball down the court during the T-Birds' game against Northwest College on Jan. 24 at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym in Casper.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

The Casper College basketball teams put the finishing touches on a month-long road trip Wednesday when the Thunderbirds play at Gillette College.

The games against the Pronghorns will mark the halfway point for both teams in the Region IX North schedule, with six of the first seven having been played away from Swede Erickson T-Bird Gym.

The 19th-ranked women’s team has a chance to increase its lead in the conference standings, while the men’s team could move into a tie for the conference lead if it can knock off the No. 9 Pronghorns.

The women’s team (20-2, 6-0 Region IX North) has won 10 in a row, all of them by double digits. The T-Birds have outscored their opponents by an average of 25.8 points during their current streak.

Freshman Lucie Hoskova leads the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game, followed by Paula Orenes Sanchez at 11.7, Emily Robertson (Natrona County) at 10.7 and Ashlie Larson at 9.3.

The men’s team (16-6, 4-2) has lost two of three, including a 66-62 defeat at No. 22 Sheridan College on Saturday. But with Gillette College’s 94-89 loss at Northwest College on Saturday, the conference race remains wide open.

The T-Birds are tied with three other teams one game back of the Pronghorns.

Chase Winchester leads the way with 14.8 points per game, with Antun Maricevic (14.7) and Damian Wilson (10.8) also averaging double-digit points.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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