Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Eastern Michigan 64, Monmouth 53
Notre Dame 106, Central Michigan 72
Dayton 87, Toledo 75
Oakland 72, Western Michigan 62
Purdue 57, Bowling Green 48
STONY BROOK, N.Y. (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team capped off the Seawolves Holiday Classic Presented by Hilton Garden Inn with a 64-53 win over Monmouth University, Saturday, Dec. 22. The Green and White struggled from the field, shooting a mere 19-for-72 for 26.4 percent, however, the squad mustered a season-high 91.3 percent from the charity stripe, sinking 21-of-23 free throws. The team also came away with 16 steals and passed out 12 total assists.
With the win, the Eagles jump to a record of 9-1, while the Hawks fall to 1-10. The Eagles have already surpassed their entire win total from the 2012-13 season after their first 10 games, as the squad from the previous campaign had an 8-22 record.
The Eagles had a balanced scoring attack as it boasted five players in double-digit scoring figures. Freshman Janay Morton (Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo) notched 13 points backed by a game-high three triples. Junior Jamaica Bucknor (New Haven, Conn.-Weaver (ASA College)) recorded 12 points in the victory, thanks in large part to a flawless 8-of-8 performance from the free throw line. Senior Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) dropped in 11 points and dished out six assists for the Green and White, and redshirt-junior Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio-Sylvania Northview) recorded her fifth double-double of the 2013-14 season as she went 10 and 10 on the afternoon.
The Hawks were more efficient from the floor, shooting 40.4 percent for the game, but they were not allowed as many scoring opportunites as they shot 21-of-52. The Hawks also came out aggressively on rebounding, grabbing 52 boards. Monmouth was led by Chevannah Paalvast, who contributed 14 points and handed out seven dimes before fouling out in the final minutes of play.
Eastern got out to an early lead thanks to a quick-release jumper from Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush). Though Monmouth moved the ball around quickly on offense, the Green and White was spry enough to pressure a series of forced shots from the Hawks. Monmouth was able to find a few opportunites to convert, but the matchup remained a low-scoring affair, standing 4-4 after the opening seven minutes of play.
Monmouth's Sara English was able to end the five-minute scoring drought on both sides with a free throw and a layup off a steal, putting the Hawks up 7-4 with 12:34 remaining in the half. The Green and White put up a multitude of shots before a triple from Morton was able to notch the Eagles' first points in nearly six minutes and tie the contest at 7-7. An inside shot from Fouty would give the Eagles the edge over the Hawks.
Following a layup from Thomas, the Eagles were finally able to get in a groove and extend their run up to 9-0 after Morton found Sara Stone (Plymouth, Mich.-Salem) open on the right baseline for a glass shot to put the Green and White up 13-7.
The Hawks went away from their usual inside scoring game and looked to Paalvast from mid-range to drop in the next couple of points, but the Eagles continued to find opportunities to score as Cha Sweeney (Toledo, Ohio-Rogers) found a clear lane through the paint to Fouty for an easy double. A technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct put Sweeney at the line to hit two free throws and give the Eagles a 21-13 edge.
Eastern was able to shake off the rust from the first ten minutes and finish out the half with an 11-4 run thanks to the trio of Morton, Watkins, and Thomas. As the clock ticked down, Thomas pulled back to sink a jumper and give the Eagles a 32-17 lead.
Morton and Watkins led the Eagle attack for the first half, each contributing eight points. Fouty pulled down the most rebounds of any player with six, and Watkins and Thomas each came away with four steals against the Hawks.
As a team, the Eagles shot 11-of-39 for a low 28.2 percent clip in the first half, but they showed more success from behind the charity stripe, going 88.9 percent off 8-of-9 shots. The Green and White recorded 12 steals while only having its pocket picked on two occasions, and they kept the Hawks shooting under 30 percent in the opening period. The Hawks had the upper hand in rebounding, grabbing 27 off the glass while the Eagles pulled down 21 boards.
The second half opened with a look to Bucknor for a quick layup off the glass. Having ignited its usual high-scoring firepower, the Green and White sank three triples in three minutes as Thomas, Morton, and Fouty each nailed one from behind the arc to give the squad a commanding 47-21 advantage.
After putting in a taller lineup, boasting two 6'4" players on the court at the same time, Monmouth went off on an 11-4 run, relying heavily on the larger post players to make moves to the basket as well as draw the defense to open up opportunities for the guards to drive. Within seven minutes, the Hawks had cut their deficit yet still trailed by 18 points at 51-33.
Fouty was able to put a stop to a scoreless four minutes of play with a baseline drive to the hoop and a shot over a Hawk defender, after which Stone found her way to the center of the key to claim a putback to put the eagles up 55-40 with 3:30 left to play.
The Hawks cut the scoring gap to nine points after a pair of plays in the low post and two free throws. As the clock ran down, Monmouth forced fouls in an attempt to extend play, but the Green and White showed immense strength from behind the charity stripe as Watkins, Bucknor, Thomas, and Fouty went a combined 9-of-10 to end the contest. Despite a valiant effort by Monmouth in the final minutes of the half, the Eagles finished with the advantage, winning the matchup 64-53.
The Eagles return to the friendly confines of the Convocation Center for a New Year's Eve matinee when they will take on Lawrence Tech Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Eagle All-Access.
South Bend, Ind. - The Central Michigan women's basketball squad was unable to contain No. 4 Notre Dame inside Purcell Pavilion Sunday afternoon, giving up the most points scored by an opponent in a regulation game in program history in a 106-72 loss.
Junior guard Crystal Bradford did all she could to battle with the undefeated Fighting Irish (10-0), recording her fifth double-double of the season with 30 points, 13 rebounds and a game-high five steals. Senior Taylor Johnson posted her best game of the season, finishing 7-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-6 from behind the arc, to score a season-high 18 points.
Bradford and Johnson combined to finish the day 19-for-39, but the rest of the Chippewas' (4-6) squad went just 10-for-44 from the field. As a team the Chippewas shot just 39.7 percent (29-for-73).
The Irish led from start to finish as CMU was able to get to as close as one just once, 7-6, following a fastbreak layup by junior Jessica Green on an assist from Bradford with 16:44 to play. The Irish promptly went on a 13-2 run over the next 2:58 of the game however to take a 20-8 lead.
A layup by Bradford with 10:24 to play in the first half cut the Chippewas' deficit to single digits one last time, 22-18, but All-American Kayla McBride quickly thwarted any comeback by CMU with a three-point play on the other end to extend the lead to 25-14.
The Irish finished the first half shooting 54.1 percent (20-for-37) to take a 51-28 lead into the locker room. The Chippewas struggled to keep the ball in their own hands in the first half, committing 17 turnovers that led to 19 points by the Irish.
Bradford came out of the break hot for the Maroon and Gold, scoring seven points in the first two minutes of the second half, but CMU was unable to gain any momentum as the Irish's shooting touch only improved as the game went on.
Notre Dame built its lead to as large as 36 with 8:41 to play in the contest and finished the second half shooting 71 percent (22-for-31) to score the second most points ever by a CMU opponent.
The most points ever given up by CMU is 107, but the Chippewas prevailed in that contest versus Eastern Michigan in double overtime on Feb. 2, 2010, 113-107.
Jewel Loyd led the Irish with 30 points and 11 rebounds, finishing the day 12-for-15 from the floor. McBride had 18 points and sophomore Michaela Mabrey hit 4-of-5 shots from deep to score 17.
CMU is back in action Saturday, Dec. 28 when it takes on nationally ranked Purdue in West Lafayette.
TOLEDO, OH – Dayton led wire-to-wire and claimed an 87-75 victory over Toledo on Sunday before 3,932 fans in Savage Arena. With the non-conference loss, UT falls to 5-5 on the season.
Junior Inma Zanoguera led four Rockets in double figures with 20 points, a squad-best eight caroms and four helpers in a season-high 39 minutes. Zanoguera shot an efficient 7-of-12 from the field, including 1-of-2 from three-point range, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe to tally at least 20 points for a third time this season.
Joining Zanoguera in double figures were senior Brianna Jones and sophomore Ana Capotosto with 12 points each and senior Janelle Reed-Lewis had 11.
As a team, Toledo was limited to 39.4 percent (26-of-66) from the floor, including 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from beyond the arc, and 72.0 percent (18-of-25) from the free throw line to suffer its fourth home loss of the year. The Rockets’ four home setbacks are tied for the most in a season under sixth-year head coach Tricia Cullop.
UT also struggled taking care of the basketball for much of the afternoon and finished with a season-high 19 turnovers, which UD translated into 21 points. One of the main reasons for Toledo’s high miscue total was senior Andola Dortch played only 18 minutes due to foul trouble. Dortch came into today’s game leading the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (5.2), as well as ranking sixth in the Mid-American Conference in minutes played (32.1 mpg).
Andrea Hoover paced Dayton (5-4) with a game-high 23 points, seven dimes and three thefts. Hoover knocked down a contest-best three treys and was a perfect 8-of-8 at the charity stripe to help the Flyers win their season-best third consecutive contest.
UD also received 18 points by Kelley Austria and 15 points each from Ally Malott and Amber Deane to register its first triumph in the Glass City since Nov. 27, 2004.
The Flyers hit the ground running and knocked down seven of their first nine shots from the floor to race out to a 15-8 lead at the 15:31 mark. Malott sparked the quick start with three layups.
Toledo tightened up the defense as the first half wore on and held the high-powered Flyers to only two points over the next six-plus minutes, making the margin 17-14 at 8:53. UT forced UD into committing four turnovers and caused them to misfire on four straight field-goal attempts during this stretch.
The Rockets capitalized on this opportunity to get back into the game and received baskets from freshman Janice Monakana and freshman Elena de Alfredo and Zanoguera to make to a one-possession difference.
Unfortunately for the Midnight Blue & Gold, they were not able to sustain that momentum, as UD’s Hoover scored 10-straight points to give the visitors a double-digit cushion, 29-18, with 5:17 remaining in the opening stanza.
Toledo would be unable to get closer than six points for the remainder of the half and allowed the Flyers to take a 36-25 cushion at the intermission.
UD started the second half the same way as the first, taking advantage of a 16-5 burst to open up a 52-34 margin with 12:57 left in regulation. A total of five different Flyers tallied points in the run to create a game-high 18-point lead.
The Rockets would not go quietly, though, and put together a 12-2 run to close within 56-48 at the 9:36 mark. The rally was fueled by a three-point play from freshman Sophie Reecher and a triple by Dortch.
Following a basket by UD’s Jodie Cornelie and one of two charity tosses from Malott, Toledo strung together a 9-3 rally to pull within 63-57 with 6:44 remaining, forcing the visitors into a timeout. Reed-Lewis began the run with a deep trey before Jones finished it off with back-to-back jumpers to make it a two-possession contest.
Dayton benefitted greatly from the stoppage in play and sealed the road triumph with consecutive triples by Deane and Austria to push the margin back to double digits, 69-57, at 5:54. The closest the Rockets would get the rest of the way was eight points in the waning seconds.
As a squad, UD connected on 46.0 percent (29-of-63) from the field, including an impressive 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from beyond the arc, and 78.6 percent (22-of-28) from the charity stripe to topple the 80-point barrier for the eighth time this season.
The Rockets will now take some time off for the holidays before wrapping up their non-conference slate at Missouri Valley Conference member Evansville on Monday, Dec. 30. The opening tip against the Purple Aces is slated for 2:00 p.m. (CT) in the Ford Center.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- A 15-0 run midway through the second half helped Oakland women's basketball team defeat Western Michigan Sunday at University Arena, 72-62. The Broncos have a week off before their next outing, traveling to Valparaiso, Dec. 29, for the final non-conference game of the season.
After trailing 34-28 at halftime, Western Michigan fought back in the first 10 minutes of the second half to lead by four, 48-44, with 11:48 remaining. The offense went stagnant for the next five minutes after that and the Golden Grizzlies rattled off 15 unanswered points to build an 11-point cushion. WMU twice cut the deficit to seven, but couldn't come any closer.
"This team did a lot of things we asked them to improve on, which we took care of the basketball better, we rebounded well, and got some second chance points," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "The thing we have to figure out now is can we put the ball in the basket."
Western Michigan (3-7) shot just 32.4 percent from the floor and 19 percent from behind the arc. Sophomore Miracle Woods had a team-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals. Junior Jazmine Windham totaled 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals while sophomore Alex Morton had 10 points, two rebounds and an assist.
The Broncos had trouble containing the tandem of Olivia Nash and Bethany Watterworth for Oakland (4-7). Nash buried five three-pointers and finished with a career-high 20 points. She also collected nine rebounds. Watterworth ended her afternoon with 17 points.
"We are a team that can't leave a lot of room for error and we need to become more consistent," Clipfell said. "We have another chance to continue to improve next Sunday at Valparaiso before we head into conference play."
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team outperformed host Purdue University in a number of statistical categories on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 22), but the Falcons could not overcome a poor shooting day. The result was a 57-48 loss to the nationally-ranked Boilermakers at Mackey Arena.
The result leaves with teams with identical 9-2 records heading into the holidays.
BGSU held a rebounding advantage, committed fewer fouls and forced the Boilermakers into nearly twice as many turnovers as the Falcons. But, Purdue held BG to just a 17-of-65 (26.2%) day from the field, and BG hit just two three-point field goals in 19 attempts.
The Boilermakers shot 38.3 percent from the floor, going 18-of-47 on the afternoon.
Senior Jillian Halfhill had a double-double, with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds as BG held a 39-36 advantage on the boards. Halfhill hit both of the Falcons' long-distance shots on the day. Alexis Rogers led the Brown and Orange with 16 points.
April Wilson had a game-high 18 points to pace four double-figure scorers for the Boilermakers. KK Houser scored 13 points, while Liza Clemons and Courtney Moses had 10 apiece.
The teams were tied, 23-23, at the half, but the Falcons got off to a slow second-half start. BG held the hosts off the scoreboard for over two minutes to start the period, but a pair of Clemons free throws gave the Boilermakers the lead for good.
Wilson got free for a corner three to give PU a five-point advantage. Junior Jasmine Matthews threw an entry pass to senior Jill Stein for a layup at the 16:41 mark, but Moses knocked down a three-pointer from the corner for a 31-25 Purdue lead.
Rogers hit a tough layup, but after a steal by Stein, the Falcons missed a pair of short layups, and Wilson hit another trey. The home team's lead was seven, 34-27, and the Falcons used a timeout with 14:27 on the clock.
After a Moses three-point try went in and out, the Falcons got the rebound and Halfhill was fouled on a drive. She converted a pair of free throws to cut the Purdue lead to five.
Houser answered with a pair of charity tosses, however, beginning a 6-0 run. The Falcons were scratching and clawing at the offensive end of the court, but couldn't get a shot to drop. Meanwhile, Houser threw in a wacky, two-handed overhead shot, and a jumper by Whitney Bays gave the Boilermakers an 11-point advantage, the largest of the game, with just over eight minutes remaining.
Matthews, however, helped the Falcons to a 6-1 run over the next several minutes. The Chicago native hit a pair of free throws, then sank a nifty floater to cut Purdue's lead to 40-33. After Wilson split two tosses from the stripe, Matthews knocked down a foul-line jumper, cutting BG's deficit to six points at the six-minute mark.
Moments later, however, a three-pointer by Houser gave Purdue a 46-37 lead. That shot came after a Matthews field-goal try went halfway down and came back out.
Halfhill answered the Houser trey, though, with one of her own, off of a give-and-go play with Rogers, cutting the Purdue lead to 46-40 with 4:14 left. Then, Halfhill converted a pull-up jumper in the paint, cutting the margin to just four points.
After Houser's layup with 3:28 left, sophomore Miriam Justinger eluded a defender with a shot fake and sank a long two-pointer.
BG forced a miss, and Halfhill was fouled and split two tries from the line. A Rogers steal gave BG the ball back with 1:40 to go, and Matthews hit a free throw with 1:30 remaining. Purdue's lead was just two points, 48-46.
But, Wilson threw up a crazy layup in traffic, getting the shot to drop while drawing a foul. She completed the three-point play to give her team a five-point advantage with 1:10 left.
Rogers hit a layup with 57.6 seconds to go, but Moses answered with 30.3 seconds remaining. The Falcons missed a shot the next time down the floor, and the home team closed out the game with four free throws in the final 21 seconds.
The Boilermakers had taken an early lead on Sunday, scoring the first six points of the game. Wilson hit a corner three, then found Clemons for an easy layup. But, Halfhill dribbled around a would-be defender at the top of the arc and knocked down a three-ball to cut the hosts' lead in half, and Rogers took a pass from redshirt sophomore Erica Donovan and hit a long two-pointer.
Moments later, Justinger's contested layup cut Purdue's lead to 8-7, and Rogers made a shot inside for a 9-8 BG advantage.
Moses scored for the Boilers, but junior Deborah Hoekstra came right back with a layup, and Donovan's putback gave the Falcons a three-point lead. A Rogers step-back jumper put the Brown and Orange up by a 15-10 count.
Purdue scored four-straight points before a Halfhill running one-hander gave BG a 17-14 lead. After Wilson scored an up-and-under layup, Moses was fouled on a three-point try and hit all three free throws. Halfhill's nifty spin move and pull-up J tied the score, but Clemons hit a pair of short shots to give her team a 23-19 lead. Four Rogers foul shots, however, tied the score, and BG got a steal in the final seconds, but missed a pair of layups as the first half came to a frenetic finish.
The Falcons' next game will be next Sunday afternoon, Dec. 29, as the Brown and Orange will face Saint Francis (Pa.) at the Stroh Center. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m.