Dec. 29, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Behind a career high in points and rebounds from Chaundra Sewell, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (10-2 overall) recorded a 16-point win, 84-68, against the Loyola Marymount Lions (6-7 overall) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
"I think tonight's game was similar to the one's in the past that it's a team effort to win, but someone needs to step up," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Chaundra refused to lose today. She talked about it in shoot around and to come out and have 34 points and 17 rebounds. It was unbelievable how she came out and dominated. There was one player that stepped up. Kayla was the other with one assist away from a triple-double. I've had one in my career with Jade Kennedy and it speaks volumes of what she was able to do tonight. None bigger than the three-pointer she hit that gave us a cushion. This was a tough, hard fought victory against a team that's very good."
Three players finished the game in double-figures led by Sewell, who recorded her fourth double-double of the year with a career high 34 points and 17 rebounds. She was 11-19 (.579) from the field and a perfect 12-12 (1.00) from the free throw line. The 34 points is tied for fifth on the all-time single game list in school history. Sophomore Kayla Woodward finished one assist shy of a triple double with 14 points, a career high 11 rebounds and nine assists. Ashley Sickles added 14 points and five rebounds. Wyoming shot 27-57 (.474) from the field and 25-28 (.893) from the charity stripe. They out rebounded the Lions 49-32 and had 40 points in the paint.
LMU was led by Chelsea Barnes with a team high 16 points and four steals in her 25 minutes of play off the bench. Hazel Ramirez chipped in 14 points while Sophie Taylor recorded 11. They were 23-71 (.324) from the field.
Ashley Sickles scored the first points for the Cowgirls to begin the game. After a three-point field goal by the Lions put them up by one 3-2, Wyoming scored four straight to give them a 6-3 advantage. Loyola Marymount responded with six of the next nine to even it up at nine all through the first media timeout. The two teams traded scores over the next three minute stretch. With it all tied up at 13, Chaundra Sewell hit a jumper to start an 8-0 run Wyoming to extend the lead to eight, 23-15. A basket by Alex Cowling would end a four minute scoring drought for the Lions to make the score 23-18 with 7:56 left in the half. Wyoming answered by running off 8 of the next 11 to give them a double-digit lead, 31-21. LMU's Hazel Ramirez chipped into the Cowgirl lead with two free throws and a basket to make it a six point contest, 31-25, with four minutes left in the half. Finally a basket by Kayla Woodward stopped the UW drought and started a 5-0 run increasing the lead to 13, 38-25. The Lions scored the last four of six but the Cowgirls still took a 40-29 lead into the locker room.
Wyoming scored the first basket to start the second half, which was answered by five straight from LMU to make it 42-34. The Cowgirls responded back with eight points to increase the lead back to double-figures, 50-34. It was a game of runs as the Lions cameright back with another 7-0 run to close the gap to nine, 50-41, with 13 minutes on the clock. Woodward hit a three-point field goal to end a three-minute scoring drought for the Cowgirls making the score 53-41. The two teams traded scores over the next couple of minutes until Loyola Marymount scored eight of the next ten to make it a three-point contest, 58-55. Fallon Lewis scored a layup which would begin a 12-2 run for Wyoming including seven points from Sewell to give them a 70-57 lead with 3:44 remaining in the game. A layup by Deanna Johnson made it a ten point contest, 70-60, on the next possession. The Cowgirls responded by hitting 12 of 13 free throws and a layup over the final 3:24 of the game to wrap up the 84-68 victory over the Lions.
Wyoming will return to action on Thursday, January 3, as they host South Dakota School of Mines. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.