12 Teams/12 Days: Eastern Michigan Eagles

Updated 10/25/2013


Courtesy of Eastern Michigan Athletic Communications
» ALL-TIME IN SEASON LID LIFTERS: The Nov. 8 contest against Madonna marks the start of Eastern Michigan University’s 38th year of women’s basketball which began in 1976-77. The Eagles’ first-ever collegiate contest since the school began offering scholarships was a 63-53 setback to the University of Michigan, Jan. 11, 1977.
    All-time the Eagles are 24-13 in season lid lifters, including winning 11 of their last 12 openers dating back to a 82-67 victory over Cornell University, Nov. 16, 2001 at the Convocation Center.
» AGAINST IN-STATE SCHOOLS: Eastern Michigan has had great success against other collegiate programs in the state of Michigan over the past 10 seasons. Since the beginning of the 2002-03 season, the Eagles are 45-20 (69.2 winning percentage) against in-state rivals. 
» EMU VERSUS THE MAC: This is EMU’s 33rd season competing in the Mid-American Conference. The Eagles hold a 237-292 record against conference foes and have posted winning seasons in the MAC in 11 of the last 13 campaigns. EMU has had the most success against Northern Illinois, going 30-9, and the least versus Bowling Green, 14-47. Western Michigan has been the Green and White’s most frequent opponent with 73 meetings, while Buffalo holds the distinction of the fewest conference games against the Eagles with 20. 
» HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: The Eagles have won 40 of the last 59 home games dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. Eastern Michigan has racked up a solid home-court advantage inside the friendly confines of the Convocation Center since the doors opened during the 1998-99 campaign. The Green and White has won 68.0 percent of the contests played in the building, piling up a 134-63 all-time mark. 
» ALLOWING 50 OR LESS: Eastern Michigan is 97-1 all time when allowing 50 points-or-less. Since 2003-04, the Green and White has accomplished the feat 53 times with 28 of those coming against Mid-American Conference foes. 
» EAGLES HONORED BY COLLEGIATE GIRLS BASKETBALL REPORT:  The EMU women’s basketball team has the top recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference and the 65th-best class in the nation, according to the Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. Olson and the site provide one of the top sources for women’s basketball recruiting in the nation.
    The Eagles have a strong class of six incoming student-athletes – Sashana Bucknor (New Haven, Conn.-Weaver-ASA College), Haley Moore (Milford, Neb.-Milford), Janay Morton (Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo), Cha’Ron Sweeney (Toledo, Ohio-Rogers) and Phillis Webb (Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo). Additionally, Shannise Heady (Hazel Crest, Ill.-Hillcrest), who transferred from Seton Hall University, will become eligible to play following the 2013 fall semester.
    EMU was the lone MAC institution represented inside Olsen’s top 90 ranked teams, and is three positions ahead of eight-time NCAA Division I National Champion, the University of Connecticut, which was tied for No. 68.
» CLIMBING THE ASSIST CHARTS: Junior Desyree Thomas is currently eighth in the EMU record book with 337 career assists. Stephanie Smiley (1998-02) holds the EMU standard with 577 helpers. 
» THE 700 CLUB: With her six point performance at Northern Illinois, Feb. 28, 2013, junior Natachia Watkins became just the 34th player in EMU women’s basketball history to score more than 700 points in a career. 
» INTERESTING STATS ABOUT EMU: In its eight victories last season, EMU scored 62.8 points while the opposition posted 55.3 points. In those games, opponents shot 38.9 percent from the field compared to 40.9 percent for the Eagles. In defeats, the Eagles only posted 53.0 points, while giving up 64.6. Another factor in the Eagles’ success was the ability to control the glass. EMU grabbed 36.2 rebounds in the wins, while in setbacks EMU was out-rebounded by its opponents (37.5 to 40.1). 
» WHAT A RALLY!: Despite trailing by 17 points, 43-26, with just 11:46 remaining in the contest, the Eagles used a 24-4 run to post a 50-47 win over Northeastern University, Nov. 11, 2012, at the Convocation Center. During Eastern’s impressive second-half rally, the team shot 6-of-14 from the field (43 percent), while holding NU without a basket (0-of-13). Additionally, the Eagles out-rebounded the Huskies, 16-6, during the run.
» SECOND CHANCES: The Eagles had plenty of second chances at the basket in the 2012-13 campaign as they ranked second in the league with 433 offensive rebounds in 30 games. The Green and White averaged 14.4 offensive rebounds per game, falling behind only MAC tournament champions CMU by 0.1 rebounds per game.
» I WOULD WALK 10,000 MILES: In past seasons the Eagles needed to grab some information about frequent flyer programs, as the team earned plenty of mileage in the non-conference portion of the schedule. Last year the team made stops in Indiana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Missouri, Louisiana and Michigan for a total of 9,670 miles during the non-conference season. 
    However, this season is the complete opposite, EMU will rack up only 2,336 miles of travel as they leave the state of Michigan just three times before Mid-American Conference play begins.
» FOUTY RETURNS FOR 2013-14 SEASON: After incurring an injury in the 2012-13 season redshirt junior Olivia Fouty will return to action for the Eagles. Fouty appeared in seven games for Eastern, starting six and averaging 10.7 points per game. The Toledo, Ohio native pulled down 58 rebounds for the Green and White, averaging 8.3 a game.
» EMU ON THE SMALL SCREEN: EMU will be a part of two televised games during the 2013-14 season. The EMU-Kent State University game set for Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (TWC), with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern will return to the small screen three days later when the Eagles travel to Ohio University Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. inside Ohio’s Convocation Center. The MAC Tournament Semifinals, March 14, and Championship Game, March 15, will also be carried live on TWC.
    Additionally, all Eastern Michigan women’s basketball home games will be video streamed on Eagle  All-Access. Eagle All-Access is a “virtual stadium” – a seamless Internet experience – where viewers can follow many of EMU’s athletic programs and all of the Eagles content they desire without ever having to leave home. Subscription packages are just $6.95 for a 24-hour pass, $10.95 for an entire month or $79.95 for a full calendar year.
HOOPS TO HEELS: The Eagles kicked off its Hoops to Heels program, Oct. 4. Hoops to Heels is a program designed to connect EMU student-athletes with successful women from various walks of life including academia, business, and the entertainment industry to act as a mentor.
    Each student-athlete is paired with one of the mentors and will be encouraged to keep in touch through text messages, notes, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings.


2012-13 Record 8-22, 6-10 MAC (t-4th/West)  
2013 Postseason MAC Tournament First Round  
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2  
Letterwinners Returning/Lost 5/6  
Newcomers 7  
University Quick Facts    
Founded 1849  
Location Ypsilanti, Michigan  
Enrollment 23,341  
Nickname Eagles  
Mascot Swoop the Eagle  
Colors Green and White  
President Dr. Susan W. Martin  
Athletics Director Heather Lyke  
Senior Woman Administrator Dr. Melody Reifel Werner  
Faculty Representative Edward Sidlow  
Conference Mid-American Conference/West  
Arena (Capacity) Eastern Michigan Convocation Center (8,824)  
Press Row 734-484-0612/734-484-0637  
Website www.emueagles.com  
Women’s Basketball Quick Facts    
Head Coach Tory Verdi  
Alma Mater Keene State ‘96  
Record at Eastern Michigan 8-22 (Second Season)  
Career Record 11-29 (Second Season)  
MAC Record 6-10  
Assistant Coach Rob Norris  
Alma Mater IUPUI ‘99  
Assistant Coach Candice Finley  
Alma Mater Eastern Kentucky ‘02  
Assistant Coach Kristin Haynie  
Alma Mater Michigan State ‘05  
Director of Basketball Operations Joe Jordan  
Alma Mater Eastern Michigan ‘09  
Includes Record As Columbia Interim Head Coach In 2005-06 (3-7)  
Program History    
First Year of Women’s Basketball 1976-77  
All-Time Record  486-524  
Overall Record Since Joining MAC (Years) 419-478 (33rd Season)  
All-Time MAC Record 237-292  
NCAA Championship Appearances Two (2004, 12)  
NCAA Championship Record 0-2  
WNIT Appearances Four (2005,06, 10, 11)  
WNIT Record 2-4  
MAC Tournament Titles Two (2004, 12)  
MAC Regular Season Titles None  
MAC Divisional Titles Four (2004, 06, 08, 12)  
MAC Players of the Year (Most Recent) One (Tavelyn James, 2012)  
MAC Freshmen of the Year (Most Recent) Three (Alyssa Pittman, 2007)  
MAC Coaches of Year (Most Recent) None  
Defensive Players of the Year (Most Recent) One (Patrice McKinney, 2007)  
Sixth-Player Award (Most Recent) One (Sarah VanMetre, 2004)  
2013-2014 Schedule    
Tue., Nov. 5 Wayne State (Exh.) 7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 8 Madonna 2:30 PM
Wed., Nov. 13 Butler 7:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 17 at Cleveland State 2:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 30 Marygrove 2:00 PM
Wed., Dec. 4 at Loyola-Chicago 8:00 PM
Sat., Dec. 7 UMKC 12:00 PM
Wed., Dec. 11 at Michigan 7:00 PM
Sun., Dec. 15 at Detroit 12:00 PM
Sat., Dec. 21 vs. Wagner ! 12:00 PM
Sun., Dec. 22 vs. Monmouth ! 12:00PM
Tue., Dec. 31 Lawrence Tech 1:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 4 at Kent State * 2:00 PM
Thu., Jan. 9 Ball State * 7:00 PM
Sun., Jan. 12 at Northern Illinois * 3:00 PM
Wed., Jan. 15 Western Michigan * 7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 18 at Buffalo * 2:00 PM
Thu., Jan. 23 at Bowling Green * 7:00 PM
Sun., Jan. 26 Akron * 2:00 PM
Thu., Jan. 30 at Central Michigan * 7:00 PM
Sun., Feb. 2 Miami * 2:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 6 Kent State * 7:00 PM
Sun., Feb. 9 at Ohio * TBA
Sat., Feb. 15 Bowling Green * 4:30 PM
Wed., Feb. 19 Toledo * 7:00 PM
Sun., Feb. 23 at Ball State * 2:00 PM
Wed., Feb. 26 at Western Michigan * 7:00 PM
Sun., Mar. 2 Northern Illinois * 2:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 5 at Toledo * 7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 8 Central Michigan * 2:00 PM
Mon., Mar. 10 MAC Tournament First Round $ TBA
Wed., Mar. 12  MAC Tournament Second Round %  TBA
Thurs., Mar. 13 MAC Tournament Third Round % TBA
Fri., Mar. 14 MAC Tournament Semilfinals % TBA
Sat., Mar. 15 MAC Championship% TBA
All Times EST and subject to change    
! Stony Brook Tournament    
* Denotes Mid-American Conference Game    
$ Hosted By Seeds 5, 6, 7, 8    
% at Cleveland, Ohio (Quicken Loans Arena)