Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Eastern Michigan 84, Cleveland St. 70
Purdue 81, Toledo 79
Wright St. 90, Akron 80
Kentucky 96, Central Michigan 74
Wisconsin 71, Northern Illinois 51
Cincinnati 65, Kent State 46
CLEVELAND, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team improved to a perfect 3-0 on the season as it defeated Cleveland State University in its first road contest of the 2013-14 campaign. Two Ohio natives led the Eagles as redshirt-junior Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio-Sylvania Northview) tallied 19 points and freshman Cha Sweeney (Toledo, Ohio-Rogers) added 17 to the EMU effort.
Freshman Phillis Webb (Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo) contributed 10 points on the day, while Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) and Jamaica Bucknor (New Haven, Conn.-Weaver) each added nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 3-0 on the season, while the Vikings fell to 1-2 overall.
The Eagles used a season-high 50.8 shooting percentage and a 77.3 free throw percentage to secure its third victory of the season, going 31-for-61 from the floor, while holding CSU to a 35.9 field goal percentage and a 31.3 three point percentage.
The first five minutes of the contest were back-and-forth between the Eagles and the Vikings as it saw six lead changes including one tie before EMU broke open the scoreboard and never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the contest.
The Eagles went on an 11-0 run, charged by a Bucknor three-pointer and back-to-back layups from Sweeney and Fouty. Eastern took a 12-point lead when Webb forced Cleveland State's eighth turnover of the half and scored a fastbreak layup, allowing EMU to take a 21-9 lead with 12:18 left in the half.
Eastern continued to put pressure on the Viking offense as it forced two more turnovers in the half and converted 15 of its first 35 points off of Viking miscues.
Cleveland State looked to close the gap on the Eagles as it came within six with 1:42 left in the first half on a Haley Schmitt jump shot, but back-to-back makes from Fouty and a free throw from Sweeny gave EMU a 45-35 lead heading into the locker room.
Fouty led the Eagles in the first half of play with 11 points, while Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott), Bucknor and Sweeney added seven a piece. Bucknor led EMU on the glass as she pulled down five rebounds, while Sweeney had three steals and Sara Stone (Plymouth, Mich.-Salem) and Webb each grabbed two steals on the half.
The Eagles aggressive defense forced the Vikings to turn the ball over 16 times in the first 20 minutes with 10 steals and converting 20 points off of turnovers.
EMU used a 46.3 shooting percentage and went 4-for-8 from beyond the arc to take a 10-point margin over CSU.
The Green and White did not let up in the second half as it continued to build upon its lead, going up as many as 20 over Cleveland State. The Eagles took the 68-48 lead when Bucknor grabbed an offensive rebound and went up strong with the ball for a shot in the paint with 8:02 left in the contest.
Cleveland State did not give in as it battled its way back from the 20-point deficit as Schmitt went on a 5-0 run over Eastern, bringing the Vikings within 14. Cleveland State forced an EMU turnover, which turned into a CSU basket, allowing the Vikings to close the gap to 12.
Cleveland State continued to chip away as a shot from beyond the arc brought the Vikings within nine, but a series of fouls allowed the Eagles to make six shots from the charity stripe and take the 84-70 victory in its third contest of the young season.
Eastern closed the contest scoring 26 points off of 21 turnovers, but was unable to grab a steal in the second half of play as Fouty added eight more points to her final line score.
The Eagles will take a 13-day break before heading back to the hardwood to take on Marygrove College Saturday, Nov. 30. Tip off at the Convocation Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo sustained an 81-79 loss to No. 18/23 Purdue on Sunday before 4,012 fans in Savage Arena. With the setback, UT falls to 1-2 on the season.
Senior Andola Dortch led five Rockets in double figures with a season-high 22 points, four assists and two steals in a squad-best 37 minutes. Freshman Janice Monakana (season-high 15 pts.), senior Janelle Reed-Lewis (season-high 14 pts.), senior Brianna Jones (career-high 12 pts.) and junior Inma Zanoguera (11 pts.) also totaled double figures against the unbeaten Boilermakers (3-0).
A pleasant surprise for the four-time reigning Mid-American Conference West Division champions was the performance of Jones, who appeared in the lineup for the first time this season. The Toledo native fought through some pain while still recovering from a foot injury and added a team-high seven rebounds, to go along with her career-high point total, in her first collegiate start.
As a team, the Midnight Blue & Gold shot a season-high 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the field, including 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from three-point land, and a season-best 70.4 percent (19-of-27) from the charity stripe.
Toledo also did a good job of taking care of the basketball against the two-time defending Big Ten Tournament champions and finished with 18 assists, compared to only 12 turnovers. Reed-Lewis was the catalyst of UT’s offense, dishing out a career-high eight dimes with only one turnover in a collegiate-best 33 minutes.
Courtney Moses paced Purdue with a career-best 30 points, shooting 13-of-18 from the field. Whitney Bays added 19 points with a team-high nine rebounds off the bench, while KK Houser had 17 points and a squad-best eight dimes.
As a unit, the Boilermakers connected on an impressive 50.8 percent (30-of-59) from the floor, including 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from beyond the arc, and 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the free throw line to remain unbeaten against the Rockets in seven career matchups.
Purdue started fast in today’s non-league matchup and took advantage of three early triples by Houser to assume an 11-8 advantage at the 15:47 mark.
UT quickly countered with back-to-back jumpers from Dortch and Monakana to assume its first lead, 12-11, with 14:06 left in the opening stanza.
After PU’s Moses accounted for consecutive baskets, the Rockets went on a mini 9-2 burst to establish a 21-17 cushion at 11:48. Dortch buried a pair of treys to spark the run, while Zanoguera and Reed-Lewis also contributed points to help the home team build a four-point bulge.
Toledo maintained the lead for the next seven-plus minutes until Moses dialed up two more three-point field goals in the waning moments to give the visitors a 41-39 edge at the intermission. A preseason All-Big Ten selection by both the media and the coaches, Moses buried 6-of-8 shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes and finished with a contest-best 14 points before the break.
The Boilermakers sustained their momentum to start the second half and benefitted from a 9-4 run to open up a 51-45 margin at 15:56. A total of four different Purdue players were credited with points in this stretch.
Following a timeout, Toledo reeled off seven consecutive points to recapture the lead for the final time, 52-51, with 14:43 left in regulation. Monakana scored five of the seven points to spark the rally, before Dortch finished it off with a layup.
Like a heavyweight championship fight, Purdue quickly retaliated with a 16-5 run to create a 67-57 margin at the 11:23 mark. Moses and Houser were the driving forces behind the output, accounting for nine points to give the visitors a double-digit cushion.
The Rockets made one final push and took advantage of 14-4 burst to knot the score at 69-69 with 6:43 remaining in the second half. Zanoguera accounted for five points in the stretch to bring the teams even for a ninth time.
Unfortunately for UT, the Boilermakers’ Moses knocked down her fourth triple of the afternoon to retake the lead for good, 74-71, at 6:29.
Toledo pulled with a single point on three occasions in the waning moments of regulation and had the ball down two with a little over six seconds showing on the clock. UT’s Zanoguera took the ball the length of the court and fired up a shot that fell short of the mark, sealing the road victory for Purdue.
The Rockets will now hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to UMKC on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The opening tip against the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) member Kangaroos is slated for 7:00 p.m. (CT) in the Swinney Recreation Center (1,500).
DAYTON, Ohio -- Four of Akron's starters scored in double figures and the Zips out-rebounded Wright State 51-43, but it was not enough down the stretch as UA dropped a 90-80 decision to WSU on the road Sunday afternoon.
Rachel Tecca led all scorers with 33 points for Akron (2-2), reaching her second double-double of the season by halftime. The senior posted 17 of her points and 10 of her 15 rebounds in the first half alone.
Carly Young finished the day with a double-double as well, tallying 15 points and 10 boards, while Kacie Cassell dropped 10 assists.
Hanna Luburgh chipped in 16 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in the effort. Luburgh surpassed 1,000 career points on a 3-pointer at the 19:02 mark of the second half that would give the Zips a 46-44 lead.
Wright State (3-1) fielded four players in double figures as well, led by 18-point performances from Ivory James and Tay'ler Mingo.
The two teams played through nine tie scores and nine lead changes on the day, but Akron was hindered by its 25 turnovers and atypical 54.2 percent (13-of-24) showing from the free throw line.
Akron began to build momentum midway through in the opening period, taking a six-point lead after a 3-pointer from Hannah Plybon with 12:04 on the clock. The Zips took their largest lead of the half at the 7:32 mark, extending their advantage to nine at 31-22 courtesy of back-to-back 3-pointers at the hands of Young.
Wright State began to fight its way back into the game when Akron's play caller was forced to the bench – Cassell picked up her second foul with just over seven minutes left in the half. The Raiders went on a 14-7 run over the last six minutes to take a 43-40 lead into the locker room.
UA came out of intermission and scored six points on its first two possessions, thanks to triples from Cassell and Luburgh, to take back the lead at 46-44.
The Zips quickly found themselves in foul trouble, picking up five team fouls in the first five minutes of the second half. Wright State mustered a 17-4 run from that point on, going ahead by as many as 11 with the score at 61-50 and 12:55 left in the game.
A layup from Tecca cut the deficit to four at the 7:22 mark, but Akron would not be able to bridge the gap any further. With both teams in the double bonus, Wright State went 12-of-14 from the free throw line over the last two minutes of the game.
The Zips return to action on Friday, Nov. 22, when they travel to Canisius. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Koessler Athletic Center.
Lexington, Ky. - Central Michigan was unable to contain Kentucky's size in the second half Sunday afternoon as the No. 7/8 Wildcats ran away with a 96-74 victory in Memorial Coliseum.
Junior Crystal Bradford led the Chippewas (1-1) with 23 points, becoming the 22nd player in program history to join the 1,000-point club. Bradford hit the 1,000-point mark with a basket at the 13:59 mark of the second half.
The Chippewas were outrebounded 55-36 in the contest, including 26-15 on the offensive side, allowing the Wildcats (4-0) to score 16 points off second chances.
Despite the size discrepancy, the Chippewas kept the game within striking distance through the first 20 mintues and trailed by just nine at halftime, 46-37.
After senior Niki DiGuilio knocked down a jumper to even the game, 2-2, the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run over the next 4:20 to take a 14-2 lead. DiGuilio stopped the run with a corner three and the Chippewas were able to cut the deficit to eight, 24-16, on another triple by the senior sharp shooter at the 8:54 mark.
A bucket in the paint by Denesha Stallworth pushed the Wildcats' lead back to fourteen, 41-27, with 3:48 to play in the first half, but junior Jessica Green rained in a long triple and DiGuilio knocked down her third trey of the half to to pull CMU within nine at the half.
The Wildcats slowly but surely extended their lead in the second half, pushing their advantage to as much as 19 with 10:45 to play, 72-53.
CMU did not break however, using a 9-1 run to cut the lead to 73-62 with 8:32 to play. DiGuilio was fouled on a three and knocked down all three free throws to spark the run and junior Jas'Mine Bracey scored four of her eight points during the stretch.
Redshirt freshman Jewel Cotton scored six-straight points to keep the Chippewas within striking distance, but her layup with 5:53 to play that cut the lead to 12 was as close as the Maroon and Gold would get.
DiGuilio finished the day with 14 points on 3-of-6 shooting from deep, while Cotton finished with 12 points for her first career double-digit effort.
CMU shot just 60 percent (15-for-25) from the free throw line, while the Wildcats knocked down a 77.4 percent (24-for-31) clip.
The Chippewas are back in action Thursday, Nov. 21 when they travel to Marquette to take on the Golden Eagles at 8 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. - Against a formidable foe in Wisconsin, the Northern Illinois women's basketball team won the turnover battle against the Badgers but was unable to put up more points than UW as the Huskies fell, 71-51. Wisconsin committed 15 turnovers to the Huskies' 14. Danny Pulliam (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) led NIU with 11 points and was 5-for-5 at the free throw line.
The Huskies (1-2) aggressively worked the boards in the game, despite their height disadvantage in the post. Senior Alicia Johnson (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) embraced the challenge as she collected six rebounds, two on the offensive side, in the opening four minutes of the game.
"We wanted to take away (shots) from the midrange and in, and we knew with their size that offensive rebounding was going to be a factor today so we really worked hard on those things," said Head Coach Kathi Bennett.
NIU pressured the Badgers (3-0) in the paint as the Red and Black swarmed down low. The Badgers moved their efforts to the outside game, where they sank five shots from behind the arc, three of which were made by Jacki Gulczynski. UW finished 8-for-23 (.348) from behind the arc in the game.
The Huskies continued to fight as the team moved the ball around the basket to breakdown the Wisconsin defense in the post, searching for high percentage shots. NIU trailed 33-18 at the half and scored 14 of their points in the paint, compared to Wisconsin's 12.
Johnson and freshman Jazmine Harris (West Allis, Wis./Heritage Christian) each led NIU in scoring in the half with four points apiece. Of its nine players that appeared, Northern Illinois had seven different players score in the stanza, eight overall. Northern Illinois was only outscored by five points in the second half, 38-33.
"I think Wisconsin's a very smart team and they play well together. Their size length affected us today," continued Bennett. "I felt like there was never a moment in this game when they didn't think they could win this game and they fought like crazy to do that. We had great energy on the bench and everywhere and that's a positive step for us. We look forward to getting better from here."
In the second half, the Huskies continued to pressure in the paint, offensively and defensively. Natecia Augusta (Peoria, Ill./Limestone) stood firm down low in the half, providing a target for the Huskies and as a passing outlet for Northern Illinois, working the ball in and out. Augusta finished the game with six points, three rebounds and three assists, one off her career high.
After attempting zero free throws in the first half of play, the Huskies took advantage of their time at the line as the team finished 11-of-13 (.846) from the charity stripe.
After scoring only two points in the first half, Pulliam stepped up for the Huskies in the second stanza as she was 5-for-5 at the free throw line and closed the period with nine points for an 11 point total in the game. Harris was second amongst NIU scorers in the contest, slashing and shooting her way to eight points in the effort with two rebounds and a steal, going 4-for-8 (.500) from the field.
Ally Lehman (Nineveh, Ind./Indian Creek), Ashley Sneed (Harvey, Ill./Thornton) and Johnson led NIU in rebounds with six. Wisconsin's Gulczynski led all scorers in the game with 15. Wisconsin only outrebounds Northern Illinois, 47-36.
The Huskies will return to the NIU Convocation Center Thursday night for a matchup against in-state, Missouri Valley Conference foe Bradley. The contest will begin at 7 p.m.
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Kent State (1-2) battled with Cincinnati (1-2) in the first, finding themselves down just 29-32 at the half, but the Golden Flashes had a slow start out of the locker room in the second, resulting in a 46-65 defeat.
"I thought that this was certainly a game where you can say it was a tale of two halves," said Head Coach Danielle O'Banion. "I thought we started the game in a very aggressive way."
In the first, the game was tied on four different occasions and the lead changed hands eight times. The Golden Flashes' biggest lead came when they went up 9-7 five minutes into the game. Their last lead was at the 2:41 mark in the first after a layup by Montia Johnson gave them a one-point edge.
However, in the second half, Kent State was unable to find the basket until four minutes in and didn't get their first field goal until 12:38. They were only able to hit five field goals in the closing 20 minutes. Meanwhile, Cincinnati went on an 11-3 run to grab a double-digit lead they would not give up.
"In the second half they made an adjustment to force us to shoot from the outside," said O'Banion, "and we just didn't make shots. I've got to give a lot of credit to [Cincinnati] for getting to the free throw line today."
Both teams struggled with fouls at times, with a total of 46 being called in the game; Kent State had ten more than Cincinnati. The Bearcats made the most of their opportunities at the line, sinking 26 free throws on 32 attempts, including a perfect 14-for-14 performance from Alexis Durley who finished with a game-high 18 points.
Larissa Lurken led the way for the Golden Flashes with 11 points, including three successful shots from three-point range. Amber Dunlap followed close behind with ten points. Johnson had the best day on the boards with ten rebounds.
Kent State remains on the road for the rest of the month, continuing on with a game at Arkansas State next Friday (Nov. 22) at 7:00 pm.
"We're excited about this month," O'Banion said. "Arkansas State is a very storied basketball program and they are sure to challenge us to continue to manage the basketball versus the full-court press."
The Golden Flashes return home to the M.A.C. Center on December 4 as they host Niagara at 7:00pm. Tickets are available for all home games at kentstatesports.com.