Region IX Team Selections

Region IX Team Selections

CWC has three selections to the Region 9 basketball teams.  They included Paulani Tarawa and Essy Latu from the Rustler women's team and David Simental from the CWC men's team.

Tarawa, a sophomore from Utah, will leave CWC as the modern day career scoring leader.  She set a single season mark for most points with 475 as a Freshman.  She also is #4 on the single season list for assists and is third in career blocked shots.   

Latu, a freshman from Queensland, Australia, made 60 three pointers this season.  That's the third best single season from behind the arc in modern day records.  She was 45% from the three point line this season, averaging 14.3 points per game while shooting 84% from the free throw line.  

Simental is a 2nd team All Region 9 pick.   The Freshman from Pueblo, Colorado, led the Rustlers in scoring at 16 points per game.  He was also 90 percent from the free throw line ending up #3 in the nation in free throw percentage.   He made a team high 71 three pointers connecting on 41% of shots behind the arc.

The CWC women ended the season 10-20 under first year head coach Lindsey Fearing.  The men were 11-20 under first year head coach Brad Schmit.  Both coaches are busy recruiting for next year.


Region 9 Champions, Casper College, landed two players on the first team and another on the 2nd team list.  Sheridan put one player on the 1st team and one on the 2nd team.

Both Casper and Sheridan will play in the Men's National NJCCA Tournament starting next week in Hutchinson, Kansas.  Casper goes in as a #9 seed and Sheridan is #13.  Rustler season opponent Williston State is also at the national tournament.
For the women, Region 9 Champions, Western Nebraska, is the only team still playing.  The Cougar women are the 20th seed at the tournament that will be held in Lubbock, Texas.