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Shelton: Broomfield grad Chaundra Sewell named All-American honorable mention for Wyoming

Chaundra Sewell had a huge finish in her final season with University of Wyoming women’s basketball. And her top-notch performances in the Cowgirls’ front court did not go unnoticed.

On Saturday , it was announced the former Broomfield High School star was selected to the 2013 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American Team, a rare honor for Wyoming players. Only three other players from the program have been selected for the WBCA teams.

“Chaundra joins an elite group of former Cowgirl players,” head coach Joe Legrski said in a press release. “She has shown a true commitment to the Wyoming program and demonstrated that excellence throughout her career. As a result, she was rewarded with the Honorable Mention All-American award.”

The 6-foot-1 forward led her team in several statistical categories this season, including, scoring (14.9 ppg), rebounding (9.7 rpg) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg). She also shot a team best .527 (175-532) from the field and .776 (128-165) from the free throw line.

In Mountain West Conference play, her performances were even more pronounced. She averaged a team high 15.3 points and 9.3 rebounds, while shooting 90-177 (.508) from the field and 64-75 (.853) from the charity stripe. Sewell was also honored as Mountain West Player of the Week three times this season.

Sewell earned a slew of conference accolades, including: First Team All-Mountain West plus to the All-MW Defensive team for the second straight year.

If the senior’s work on the court was not enough to impress, she was also selected for national academic honors. Sewell was named to the 2012-2013 Capital One Academic All-American Division I Women’s Basketball Third Team, it was announced Thursday.

She was chosen earlier this month as a First-Team Academic All-District VII honoree. And she is one of 15 individuals to receive first, second and third team honors on the national stage. She is the first player from Wyoming women’s basketball to earn the honor.

Sewell is a three-time Academic All-Mountain West and Scholar Athlete selection, while carrying a grade-point average of 3.85 in pre-pharmacy.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Sewell was an important part of Broomfield’s run to a state-record five consecutive state championships, helping the team to its first three titles.

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