The Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team continued their early season struggles, falling to 1-6 after a 73-50 loss to the University of Wyoming Cowgirls Saturday at Arena Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo.
This marks the sixth consecutive loss for the Eagles after their regular season opening win versus Northeastern University.
Leading the Eagles was junior forward Olivia Fouty who scored 13 points and added 12 rebounds on 6 for 14 shooting for her first double-double of the season.
The Eagles made the first basket of the game, but only held the lead once more in the game, by a 4-3 margin.
After keeping the game close for the first few minutes and having a slight 4-3 lead, the Cowgirls went on a run to take the lead to 14-4.
After the Cowgirls pulled ahead 17-7 with 13:48 to go in the first, the Eagles were never able to get the lead under 10 points.
A layup by Fouty cut the lead to 19-9 with 11:36 to go in the first half. This was the closest the Eagles came for the rest of the game.
The Eagles trailed by as much as 21 in the first half before going into halftime behind 39-23.
After the half, things didn’t get much better. The Cowgirls went on an immediate run, scoring nine consecutive points to start the half and stretch their lead to 48-23 with just over 18 minutes left in the game.
The Cowgirls doubled the Eagles’ score at one point, 58-29, with 13:19 left in the second half for a 29-point lead, their largest of the game.
The Eagles had one small run at the end of the game, scoring five consecutive points including a layup from junior guard Denaya Brazzle and a three-pointer by freshman guard Bianca Cage, to finish the game.
Also chipping for the Eagles was Brazzle, with a season-high eight points, and junior guard Desyree Thomas with seven points.
Top performers for the Cowgirls included Chaundra Sewell with 20 points and 16 rebounds and Kaitlyn Mileto with 19 points, three assists and three steals.
The Eagles managed to shoot 19 for 59, including 4 for 13 on three-point attempts. They also made eight of 11 free throw attempts.
The Cowgirls put up 30-71 shooting with 9 of 22 on three-pointers and 4 for 7 in free throws.
The Eagles were outrebounded by a tally of 50-36, including a 20-12 deficit in offensive rebounds and out-assisted 17-7. They also committed 11 turnovers leading to 12 points. The Eagles allowed 16-second chance points compared to the four they scored. The Cowgirls also managed to outscore the Eagles in the paint 40-24.
The Eagles now have three days off before heading to South Dakota State Tuesday. The game after, will be a Dec. 11 home meeting against the University of Michigan. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.