Women's Basketball: Eastern Michigan Knocks Off Miami 88-51

Updated 3/3/2000

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    CLEVELAND (Mar. 2 -- Eastern Michigan University tied a tournament record with 11 three-point field goals and defeated fourth-seeded Miami University 88-51 in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals on March 2 at Public Hall.

    The fifth-seeded Eagles (16-13) hit 11-of-29 from three-point range and held Miami (16-12) to only 25 percent shooting (17-of-67) for the game, including 2-of-11 from beyond the arc. Senior Jessica Henry made five three-pointers on her way to a game-high 22 points as Eastern Michigan became the first lower-seeded team to win in this year's tournament.

    Miami struggled offensively the entire game, hitting only 17 percent (6-of-35) from the field in the first half. Backup freshmen Kelli Stamper and Jana Butler had eight points apiece to top the RedHawks, who got only 17 points from their senior-dominated starting lineup.

    Eastern Michigan led 34-17 at halftime and pushed its advantage to as many as 38 points at 87-49 with 45 seconds remaining. Second-team All-MAC pick Stephanie Smiley had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles, while sophomore Kris Kachaturoff netted 12 of her 14 points in the second half.

    The Eagles' 11 three-pointers tied the tournament record set by the University of Toledo against Ohio University in 1993.

    Eastern Michigan, which advances to the MAC Tournament semifinals for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1982, will meet top-seeded Kent State University (23-5) in the first semifinal game on Friday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m.