Sunday's MAC Women's Basketball Results

Updated 11/11/2012

Sunday's MAC Women's Basketball Results
Eastern Michigan 50, Northeastern 47
Northwestern 82, Central Michigan 72

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Eastern Michigan 50, Northeastern 47
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team opened up the 2012-13 regular season campaign with an impressive 17-point second-half comeback victory, 50-47, against the Northeastern University Huskies Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, at the Convocation Center.
 
Shooting only 29.8 percent from the floor and using stifling defense to prevent the Huskies from getting a bucket, EMU finished the game on a 19-1 run in the final 8:51 of the contest. Northeastern made only five baskets the entire second half, shooting 27.3 percent from the field (15-of-55) for the entire game.
 
With the solid defensive performance, Eastern improves to 95-0 all time when allowing 50 points-or-less in a game. The Eagles came back from a deficit of more than 10 points for the second time in their last four contests dating back to the semifinals of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament, March 9, when the Green and White downed the University of Toledo, 59-57.
 
Miranda Tate (Bolingbrook, Ill. – Bolinbrook) led the way for the Eagles (1-0), scoring 23 points that included making six three-pointers. Tate was 8-of-23 from the field.
 
In the loss, Deanna Tunstull had a double-double for Northeastern (0-1) with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Huskies. Jewel Tunstull followed with 13 points.
 
Both teams struggled to find an offensive flow early on, a trend that would continue the rest of the game. Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio – Sylvania Northview) picked up her second foul less than five minutes into the contest forcing her sit out for the remainder of the first half. With Fouty out for the half, the Huskies took advantage scoring 12 points in the paint.
 
A Tate three-pointer tied the game up, 10-10, with 10:44 remaining in the first half. However, the Eagles would go nearly the next seven minutes without scoring a bucket allowing Northeastern  to go on a 13-1 run to build a 23-11 lead. Another three from Tate broke the drought with 3:47 left in the opening half.
 
With Tate scoring 11 of her team's 17 points, Eastern headed into the half trailing 27-17 after shooting only 23.1 percent from the field.
 
The Huskies came out strong in the second half to increase their lead to 17, 43-26, with 12:20 remaining in the game.
 However, the Green and White did not give up as Tate hit her fifth three of the game that sparked the game's final run. Fouty converted two offensive put-backs, Tate hit yet another three, and Taylor Bird (Lawrence, Kan. – Lawrence) came off the bench with a trey of her own to cut the deficit to two, 45-47, with 3:40 left.
 
Following the final media timeout, Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich. – Mott) stole the ball to give EMU a chance to tie or take the lead.  Inbounding under the bucket, Thomas found India Hairston (Flint, Mich. – Hamandy) on the block to tie the game up at 47.
 
 With 1:38 remaining, Fouty converted 1-of-2 free throws to give the Eagles their first lead, 48-47, since the 13:26 mark in the first half.
 
Fifty seconds later, Bird came up with a huge rebound off a Northeastern missed three, giving the ball to Thomas on the outlet pass. With a two-second difference between the game clock and shot clock, the Huskies pressured the basketball forcing Head Coach Tory Verdi to call two consecutive timeouts.
 
Following the stoppage of play, Thomas was fouled and sent to the line where she converted both free throws to make the game 50-47 with 14 seconds to go. Needing a shot from beyond the arc to tie the game, Northeastern's Christine Huber sent a three flying from the corner, but it ricocheted off the side of the backboard. Tate secured the rebound as the clock expired giving the Eagles a victory in the first game of the season.
 
EMU is back in action at the Convocation Center Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. to take on the Michigan State Spartans, part of a five-game homestand to begin the season.
 
Northwestern 82, Central Michigan 72
EVANSTON, Ill. - Sophomore guard Jessica Green scored a career-high 25 points and tied a career high with six steals, but the Central Michigan women's basketball team was unable to overcome hot shooting by Northwestern in an 82-72 loss at Welsh-Ryan Arena Sunday afternoon.
 
The Wildcats (2-0) shot 52.5 percent in the game, including 69.2 percent (18-for-26) in the second half, and were able to hold off a rally by the Chippewas (1-1) late in the second half. 
 
Trailing by 12, 66-54, after a three from Lauren Douglas with 8:13 to go in the game the Chippewas went on a 7-0 run capped on a steal by senior Brandie Baker and fast break layup by Green in which the sophomore was fouled and hit the free throw to pull within four, 66-62. The lay up and free throw allowed Green to set a new career high. 
 
After a free throw by the Wildcats' Karly Roser, junior Taylor Johnson hit a three to pull CMU within two, 67-65, at 5:27 mark, but that would be as close as the Chippewas would get. 
 
Northwestern promptly went on a 7-0 run behind the play of its freshmen Maggie Lyon and Douglas as the two players scored six of the seven points to push the Wildcats' lead back to nine, 74-65. A layup and free throw by freshman Jas'Mine Bracey cut the deficit to six, 74-68, but NW was able to hit its free throws down the stretch to seal the game. 
 
"We dug ourselves a hole in the first half," head coach Sue Guevara said. "We picked up our intensity in the second half and got it within two with our press and then we turned it over. Then we missed a layup. We had a couple things that snowballed on us." 
 
Central and Northwestern battled back and forth throughout most of the first half with the Wildcats grabbing an early 9-7 lead on a jumper by Douglas at the 15:43 mark before junior Niki DiGuilio gave the Chippewas their first lead with a deep three 36 seconds later, 10-9. 
 
The Wildcats were able to reclaim the lead and held no more than a four-point advantage the rest of the half until the final seconds when Roser hit a layup with three seconds left and Lyon picked off the ensuing inbound pass only to hit a three at the buzzer to send the Chippewas to the locker room trailing by nine, 33-24. 
 
Despite a tremendous offensive output by Johnson in the second half in which she scored 15 of her 17 points, the Chippewas were unable to chip away at the Wildcats' lead until the run under the eight-minute mark. 
 
Sophomore Crystal Bradford gave the Chippewas three players in double figures as she recorded her second double-double in as many games, finishing the night with 12 points and 10 boards. 
 
Douglas led five Wildcats in double figures with 20 points, while Kendall Hackney and Roser each had 15, Lyon 13 and Dannielle Diamant 12. 
 
The Chippewas continue their season-opening three-game road trip next Saturday at No. 25 Green Bay before returning home for their home opener Nov. 23 versus South Dakota State.