Wyoming Basketball Struggles In 65-43 Loss Against Eastern Michigan

Jan. 2, 2012

YPSILANTI, Mich. -

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Despite a 19-point effort from junior Chaundra Sewell, the Cowgirl basketball team closed out the non-conference season with a 22-point loss, 65-43, against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Wyoming drops to 4-9 overall while Eastern Michigan is 8-5 on the year.

"The biggest key to this game was the rebounding discrepancy," said head coach Joe Legerski. "They had 20 offensive rebounds in the first half and we talked that we needed to limit them to one shot and out. They ended up crashing the boards and the game was very physical. At halftime, we discussed was stepping out and making sure that everyone takes it as an individual responsibility to compete on the glass. I thought we did better with that and offensively in the second half. You could see the frustration set in and the players looking for someone else other than being aggressive."

Junior Chaundra Sewell led the way for the Cowgirls recording a team high 19 points plus four rebounds and five blocked shots. Kayla Woodward followed with eight points and Kaitlyn Mileto added seven. Ashley Sickles finished with a team high eight rebounds. Wyoming shot 14-42 (.333) from the field and 14-19 (.737) from the free throw line.

"Chaundra Sewell came out and played well for us with 19 points. She started going to the basket and attacking the way we wanted her to. I also thought Kayla Woodward with eight points and four rebounds had a solid night."

Eastern Michigan was led by Tavelyn James with 27 points and five steals in 36 minutes of play. Paige Redditt added ten points, while Olivia Fouty recorded 18 rebounds. The Eagles were 23-72 (.319) from the field, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 54-28.

The Cowgirls dug themselves a hole early as they fell behind 11-0 in the first four minutes of the game. Two free throws by Kayla Woodward finally got Wyoming on the board with 15:28 on the clock. Tavelyn James answered with a layup to make it a double-digit lead, 13-2. The Cowgirls would battle their way back into it which began with a three point play from Chelan Landry. It would start an 11-0 run to even the score up at 13 all with 9:27 left in the first half. Eastern Michigan ran off the next eight straight points to regain a 21-13 advantage. A free throw from Chaundra Sewell ended a three minute drought, but it was quickly answered with another seven points to increase the lead to 14, 28-14. The Eagles scored the final four of five points to close out the half taking a 32-15 lead into the lockeroom.

It was a struggle for the Cowgirls as they shot just 5-20 (.250) from the field going almost ten minutes without scoring a field goal to close out the half. Chaundra Sewell led all scorers for Wyoming with five points, while Chelan Landry and Kayla Woodward each added three points. Ashley Sickles finished the half with a team high four points.

The Eagles were led by Tavelyn James who finished with 14 points and three steals. Olivia Fouty added five points and 15 rebounds. They were 11-41 (.270) from the field while out rebounding the Cowgirls 34-14.

The teams combined for nine points through the first four minutes of the second half as the Eagles continued to maintain a 37-19 lead. The Cowgirls tried to chip into the lead as Chaundra Sewell would score eight of the next 13 points to bring them to within 15, 47-32, with 11 minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately, they could never get any momentum going and pull closer than that. Eastern Michigan ran off the final 18 of 29 points to earn the 65-43 victory.

The Cowgirls will begin the 2012 Mountain West season on Wednesday, Jan. 11. They will host the UNLV Lady Rebels beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.