Dec. 1, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (5-1 overall) rebounded with a 73-50 victory over the Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-6 overall) on Saturday afternoon.
"I thought we had a true team effort with players stepping up and contributing along with a couple of individual efforts," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Kaitlyn Mileto got us off to a tremendous start and when she gets in the zone I don't want to take her out. I believe you go with them until you start missing some shots. Then in the second half, Chaundra Sewell just dominated the game. To get 20 points and 16 rebounds, you can see why she's an all-conference performer and that we need her on the flooe. For a stretch I challenged them to have someone rebound besides her because she seemed to be everywhere. The other thing I'm looking at is that we're able to we're able to win basketball games with my four and five player playing 25 and 26 minutes. That means we are getting some contributions from our bench players. This was a very good team effort"
Sewell finished her night with her second double-double of the season with 20 points and a career high 16 rebounds. She was 9-16 from the field in her 25 minutes of play. Mileto recorded 19 points, three assists and three steals, while Ashley Sickles and Fallon Lewis each chipped in eight points. Wyoming was 30-71 (.423) from the field 9-20 (.409) from beyond the arc and out rebounded the Eagles 50 to 36.
Eastern Michigan was led by Olivia Fouty with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Denaya Brazzle recorded eight points while Desyree Thomas added seven. The Eagles were 19-59 (.322) from the field.
The Eagles scored first with an India Hairston basket which Wyoming responded with a Kaitlyn Mileto three-point field goal. Eastern Michigan scored the next basket but the Cowgirls answered with an 11-0 run started by a Chaundra Sewell basket to give them a double-figure lead 14-4. A basket from Desyree Thomas finally ended the run and a four minute drought by EMU. Another three-point field goal by Mileto quickly put the Cowgirls back up by 10, 17-7. The two teams traded scores over the next couple of possessions until Wyoming extended the lead to 16, 30-14, with eight minutes remaining in the half. Olivia Fouty hit the next basket for EMU on the next possession which was answered with a 6-0 run by the Cowgirls to make it 37-16. The Eagles tried to chip away at the lead and closed out the half by scoring seven of the next nine points but Wyoming still took a 39-23 lead into the lockerroom.
Mileto led all scorers with 17 followed by Sewell with eight. Ashley Sickles and Sewell each had five rebounds. Wyoming shot 15-37 (.405) from the field and 7-16 (.438) from beyond the arc. Eastern Michigan was led by Fouty with seven points and four rebounds. The Eagles shot 10-25 (.400) from the field.
Wyoming opened up the half by scoring nine straight to increase the lead back to 25, 48-23. Over the next three minute stretch, the Eagles ran off six of the next eight to pull to within 21, 50-29. Free throws by Chaundra Sewell and a layup by Kayla Woodward started a 7-0 run by the Cowgirls to get the lead back to 29, 58-29. Eastern Michigan would keep battling as they went on an 8-2 run of their own to bring the score to within 23, 60-37. A field goal by Sewell stopped a three minute scoring drought for UW, but EMU continued to battle back. They scored six of eight points to close to within 21, 64-43, with 5:18 to go in the game. Wyoming's lead was never in jeopardy as they went on to the 73-50 victory.Wyoming resume play next week on the road. They will face the Montana Lady Griz, on Thursday, Dec. 6, and the Montana State Bobcats, on Saturday, Dec. 8. The first game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. followed by a 2:00 p.m. tip on Saturday.