Tuesday's Women's Basketball Result
Michigan 55, Eastern Michigan 43
Courtesy of Eastern Michigan Sports Information
Michigan 55, Eastern Michigan 43
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – Despite victories in the previous three contests between the two Washtenaw County universities, the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team fell, 55-43, to the University of Michigan Wolverines Tuesday night, Dec. 11, in the Convocation Center.
India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) led EMU (1-8) in scoring with 16 points, and Miranda Tate (Bolingbrook, Ill.-Bolingbrook) nearly notched a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Redshirt freshman Bianca Cage (Memphis, Tenn.-Southwind) also added a career-high six points off the bench.
The Eagles outscored the Wolverines, 30-18, in the paint and scored 21 points off turnovers. Although the Green and White's strong defensive effort resulted in 18 Michigan turnovers, the Wolverines shot 39.6 percent from the floor, while Eastern could only muster a 27.0 shooting percentage. The visiting squad in maize shot 7-of-22 from three for the contest while the home squad in white shot 2-of-20 from the outside with both makes coming courtesy of Cage.
Michigan (8-2) had three players in double digits, led by Kate Thompson who scored a game-high 17 points with the help of five three-pointers. Sam Arnold and Nya Jordan followed with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Michigan scored the game's first points, but Eastern answered as Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) found Hairston down on the block. The good feed prompted the Wolverines to take an early timeout just 2:23 into the game.
With the game tied at six, Michigan held Eastern scoreless for nearly five minutes, going on an 8-0 run to take a 14-6 lead with 9:58. The Wolverines' shooting barrage continued as the score grew to 21-8, forcing EMU Head Coach Tory Verdi to ask for time with 7:01 remaining in the opening stanza.
After inspiring words from Coach Verdi, the Green and White responded with a 9-3 run to cut the lead to seven. However, Eastern shot 0-of-8 from three-point land in the first half, compared to Michigan making 4-of-11 from beyond the arc. The Eagles faced a 27-19 deficit as they headed into the locker room.
A bright spot in the first half came from inside as 16 of EMU's 19 points came from the paint. Michigan shot 40 percent in the opening 20 minutes while the Eagles were a cold 27.6 percent from the field.
The Maize and Blue came out firing in the second half, scoring 16 of the first 24 points to take a 43-25 lead with 12:48 to go in the game. Cage answered with back-to-back threes for the Eagles to shrink the deficit to a dozen.
Michigan countered, scoring seven straight points to make it 50-31 at the 7:32 mark of the second half. The final 20 minutes continued to be a half of runs as Eastern went on a 10-2 run to get within 11. Nonetheless, the Green and White ran out of time as Michigan maintained its lead for a 55-43 victory.
Following its only home contest in a seven-game stretch, Eastern Michigan hits the road for three straight games. The Eagles will travel to Kansas City, Mo. to face UMKC Saturday, Dec. 15, before taking a two-week break for the holidays. EMU will then head down to the Big Easy, New Orleans, La., for two games in the Tulane Holiday Tournament, Dec. 29-30. The first game will be against the host team Green Wave with the following game against McNeese State or Mississippi.