Eastern Michigan 67, Michigan 59
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team was not ready to end its season and the Eagles came up with an outstanding effort on both ends of the court to post a thrilling 67-59 win over the University of Michigan here Thursday evening, March 18, in the Convocation Center.
The Eagles won the battle of Washtenaw County by holding the visitors to just 38.7 percent from the field, hitting just 24-of-62 attempts, forcing 19 turnovers, making 25-of-63 field goals for 39.7 percent while also making 8-of-21 three-point attempts for 38.1 percent.
Eastern, now 23-12 on the year, advances to round two of the WNIT, playing Monday, March 21, in Wilmington, N.C. against the SeaHawks of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Eagles had three players in double figures, led by junior guard Tavelyn James (Detroit, Mich.-Mumford) with 21 while senior guard Sydney Huntley (Cincinnati, Ohio-Purcell Marian) added 17, and junior Paige Redditt (Kansas City, Mo.-Belton) chipped in 10. Senior guard Cassie Schrock (Wadsworth, Ohio-Wadsworth) scored just six points but had a career-best 13 assists.
Michigan, which closed its season with a 17-13 record, had two players in double figures, led by Rachel Sheffer with 20 and Courtney Boylan with 10.
Boylan staked the Wolverines to a quick 2-0 lead with a layup at the 18:25 mark.
James would then go on an offensive tear, scoring all seven EMU points to give the home squad a 7-6 lead at the 15:32 mark.
After building an 11-8 advantage, the Eagles saw Michigan claw its way back to knot the game at 11-all on a layup and free throw by Carmen Reynolds with 12:39 on the clock.
The two teams traded baskets for the next seven minutes before Michigan would take a 25-21 lead with 5:05 left in the half.
The stingy EMU defense then took over and held the Wolverines without a basket the rest of the half while ripping off 10 unanswered points to take a 31-25 lead into intermission.
James led the way in the first half with 10 points while Huntley added eight and Redditt six. Schrock was not score in the first 20 minutes but she dished off 11 assists.
Sheffer paced U-M in the first half with nine while the Wolverines were hitting 11-of-30 shots for 36.7 percent. Eastern made 12-of-31 field-goal attempts for 38.7 percent.
The Eagles roared out of the halftime intermission with two straight scores to up their lead to 10, 35-25, in the first two minutes.
Michigan would chip away at that lead, pulling within five, 40-35, before Huntley scored on a long three just before the shot clock expired to make it an eight-point game, 43-35, with 11:57 left.
Schrock would follow with her first bucket of the game on a driving layup and De'Ja Wills (Anderson, Ind.-Anderson) would add a quick three 27 seconds later to boost EMU's lead to 13, 48-35, at the 10:50 mark of the second half.
Once again the visitors managed to slice away at that large deficit, cutting it to three, 53-50, before James responded with a layup to boost it back to five with 4:13 remaining.
The Eagles moved the advantage to nine, 59-50, with 2:30 left after back-to-back baskets by Schrock and James.
After Michigan cut the deficit back to seven, Huntley came up with here second last-second shot clock three of the game to make it 62-52.
Michigan would get it to six, 65-59, but the Eagles would hold on for the eight-point win.
Duquesne 64, Kent State 56
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Kent State women's basketball team (20-10) fell behind late in the second half and could not recover as the Golden Flashes ended the 2010-11 season Thursday evening with a 64-56 loss at Duquesne.
"We gave ourselves a chance to win at the end," said head coach Bob Lindsay. "We just didn't make enough plays. We played hard enough, but we just couldn't get it."
Kent State senior Jamilah Humes (Saginaw, Mich.) ended her collegiate career with a game-high 23 points, giving her 1,485 career points, which ranks 11th all-time in team history.
Seniors Taisja Jones (Dallas, Texas) and Ellie Shields (Warren, Ohio) also were in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Shields also grabbed 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.
Kent State led by five early on, but a 14-0 Duquesne run over a seven minutes in the second part of the first half gave the host Dukes a double-digit lead. Duquesne, which shot 50 percent in the first half and 45 percent for the game, led by as much as 15 before settling on a 13-point margin at the break.
The Golden Flashes slowly chipped at the lead in the second half, getting to within six, 50-44, with 10:10 to go on a three-pointer by Humes. Duquesne responded to get its lead back in to double figures, including a 12-point lead with 6:30 to play. From there, Kent State could only get within seven.
Duquesne (23-8), who will play at Kansas Saturday in the WNIT second round, was led by Vanessa Abel's 18 points. Alex Gansler added 16 points, while Orsi Szecsi (13) and Wumi Agubiade (11) were also in double figures.
The Golden Flashes were plagued by 22 turnovers and were out-rebounded 41-34. For the game, Kent State shot 38.9 percent from the field and an uncharacteristic 57.9 percent from the free throw line.
Illinois State 72, Central Michigan 59
NORMAL, Ill. -- A tough night offensively in a hostile environment proved to be too much to overcome for Central Michigan against Illinois State in the opening round of the WNIT, dropping a 72-59 decision at Redbird Arena on Thursday.
The Chippewas (20-11) committed 19 first-half turnovers and shot 24 percent in the second half, as the defense of the Redbirds (21-10) helped them stay undefeated at home in 2010-11.
CMU trailed by five with eight minutes to go until the break, 23-18, but a 10-3 run pushed the margin to 12 with 3:05 remaining in the half and helped ISU take a 35-25 lead into the break.
Sophomore Brandie Baker turned a Illinois State miscue into two points to trim the lead to eight a minute into the second half, but an 11-3 run by the Redbirds blew the game open and the Chippewas couldn't recover, falling behind by 16 just three minutes later.
The lead would expand to a game-high 22, 59-37, with seven minutes left. The Chippewas used a 7-0 run to close the gap, but the Maroon and Gold would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Taylor Johnson led CMU with 17 points and Jalisa Olive added 13 more off the bench. Shonda Long gave Central Michigan three players in double-figures with 13 of her own. Johnson's effort came largely at the free throw line, where she went 15-for-17 to finish with the second-most made free throws in a game in program history.
Kaihla Szunko snared 11 rebounds, becoming just the seventh player in Mid-American Conference history to reach 1,000 career rebounds. She is the third player in CMU history, and one of just three current players in Division I basketball to have at least 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 200 steals. She joins Maya Moore of Connecticut and Victoria Dunlap of Kentucky as the only players to reach those marks, and is the first in MAC history.
Kenyatta Shelton paced the Redbirds with a double-double, scoring 10 points and adding a game-high 14 boards to go with four blocks. Shala Jackson led all scorers with 19 points and Katie Broadway added 18 off the bench.
The Chippewas shot 29 percent from the floor, 22 percent from the arc (5-for-23). The Redbirds connected at 48 percent from the field despite connecting on just 1-of-14 three-point attempts (seven percent).
The loss brings to an end the careers of Szunko, Long, Camille Ramsey and Laura Baker . The four were a part of two of the biggest single-season turnarounds in MAC history during their careers, and both Szunko and Long finish their playing days in the top-10 in program history in scoring.