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January 13, 2011

Ashlee Abraham was named the MAC Female Track Athlete of the Week.

Men’s and women’s track and field competed in the EMU Invitational at Bowen Field House on Saturday. The men picked up wins in four events, while the women wone eight (of 14) events, highlighted by sophomore Ashlee Abraham winning the 60-meter dash in 7.47 seconds, just 2 hundredths of a second off the Bowen record set in 2000. For her performances – she also finished second in 200-meter dash with the fastest time in the MAC this season – Abraham was named the MAC Female Track Athlete of the Week. The men’s 4×400 teams came in second, third, and fourth, behind Michigan. Both teams resume competition tomorrow, with the women competing in the Bob Eubanks Open in Allendale, Michigan, and the men travelling to Mount Pleasant for the Triangular Meet against Central Michigan and Detroit.

On Saturday, the EMU wrestlers competed in the Spartan Duals, where they defeated Lock Haven 34-6 before narrowly losing to Michigan State, 19-15. EMU’s third match was cancelled when Mott Community College couldn’t make it to the event due to bus trouble. The Eagles carry a 4-5 dual meet record into the Wendy’s Duals in Ashland, Ohio, this Saturday, where they’ll face Olivet College, Gardner-Webb, and Campbell. The matches start at 10 am.

EMU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both lost to Oakland University on Saturday. The men fell 184-116, while the women lost narrowly, 151-149. Next up for the women, who have yet to win a meet this season, is a trip to Bowling Green tomorrow evening. The men will make an even shorter trip on Saturday, when they travel to Ann Arbor to face #8 Michigan at Canham Natatorium (near Yost Ice Arena at the corner of State Street and Hoover) at noon.

Cassie Schrock was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week.

In women’s basketball, the Eagles won their sixth straight game on Saturday, defeating Ball State 70-62. Despite the close score, EMU never trailed after the first two minutes, and never lost the lead after the first four minutes. Unfortunately, EMU wasn’t able to run the win streak to seven games, and lost last night, 76-67, to Central Michigan. The Chippewas were led by senior guard Shonda Long, who scored 22 points and became Central Michigan’s all-time career leader in made three-point shots, with her 192nd. With the win, Central Michigan advances to 11-4, 3-0 in the MAC, while EMU drops to 11-6, 2-1 in the MAC. The Eagles will face another hot MAC West team this Saturday when they host Toledo (11-5, 3-0 MAC) at noon.

For her performances against Northern Illinois and Ball State last week, in which she averaged 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 6.0 assists, Cassie Schrock was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week. Schrock is now the EMU men’s and women’s career leader in both free throws attempted (658) and made (481) through last night.

Also of possible interest, The Eastern Echo ran a profile on Sydney Huntley-Rodgers, and MAC Sports has an interview up with Tavelyn James.

Just like everyone else, Ron English has an opinion on Michigan’s hiring of Brady Hoke.

I think right now, it’s a hard job because you’re going to have to get some pieces there…I think the problem with Michigan is that they’re under-sized. They’re a really under-sized team for the Big Ten. I think that’s a real issue. But he’s a defensive coach, and players understand what is important to the head coach and they’re going to know defense is important, Really, the foundation for Michigan football for many years was to play great defense and to run the ball, and so I’m positive Brady will get back to those

Finally, as I’m sure you know, the EMU men’s basketball team split their two games over the past week, winning big at hapless Toledo, 71-48, but losing to a bad Northern Illinois squad, 71-69. Against Northern Illinois, EMU was badly outshot, hitting 38.5% while allowing the Huskies to make 61%. Brandon Bowdry led the way against Toledo with 19 points and 13 rebounds for the 32nd double-double of his career. Against the Huskies, Derek Thompson stepped up in a big way, with a career-high 31 points, and tossing in a Convocation Center record-tying 8th three-point shot at the buzzer. Thompson seems to be emerging as a second scoring threat for the Eagles, and he’s now joined Bowdry in averaging double-digit points per game. EMU is now 4-11 (1-11 in Division I play) and 1-1 in the MAC, which puts them in a four-way tie for second in the West Division, behind Ball State and ahead of Toledo.

This Sunday afternoon, the Eagles travel to Kalamazoo to face Western Michigan (8-7, 1-1 MAC). There is no question in my mind that the Broncos are the better team, but things seem to be (very slowly) improving for EMU, and there’s certainly an outside chance that Ramsey’s squad could pull off an upset. Western Michigan in comes with a very balanced attack, with six players averaging between 8.5 and 12.7 points per game and five players averaging four or more rebounds per game.

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