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Women’s basketball senior night: 7 pm TONIGHT!

March 2, 2011

Although tonight’s home game against Western Michigan will be senior night for the women’s basketball team, it will probably not be the final home game for six senior Eagles. EMU had the following to write about each of the seniors:

Raina Spencer – A transfer from Fordam University, this senior played 33 games in her two years in Ypsilanti, racking up 112 career points and 44 career rebounds. Her best game as an Eagle occurred last season at Chicago State, when she scored 17 points off the bench en route to earning MAC West Division Player of the Week honors. Earlier this season, she was instrumental in the victory over Temple University, tallying eight points, three rebounds and two steals. She was lost for the rest of the season following an knee injury in practice during late December.

Tara Johnson – Having played in 102 career games for the Green and White, she has been the ultimate team player, providing energy and defense off the bench. In 2008, she scored a personal-best 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double in the setback to nationally-ranked Texas Christian. Then this season she came up big against No. 7 Ohio State, posting eight points and six rebounds off the bench.

Sydney Huntley – A lightning quick guard, she has averaged 10 points per game throughout her career, including making 115
three-pointers, which ranks as the eighth most in EMU history. Also known for her tenacious defense, she has grabbed 170 steals to rank 10th all-time in that category. Currently ranked 44th in the nation in swipes, she scored a school-record 36 off the bench in a
record-setting contest at Central Michigan.

De’Ja Wills – Having played in 83 career games for EMU, she has been known for her three-point shooting ability while donning the Green and White uniform. Her 35.1 percent clip from long distance ranks ninth-best in school history and she is just three triples shy of 100 for her career.

Cassie Schrock – She has earned four letters and numerous mentions in the EMU record book, including recording the third triple-double in school history. She is the only player in the MAC to currently rank in the top 10 in the league in scoring, rebounding and assists. An honorable mention All-MAC honoree as a sophomore, she is just the third player in EMU women’s basketball history with more than 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 175 steals in their career.

Kristin Thomas – A transfer from Hillsborough Community College, this senior has played in 60 games in her two years, racking up 386 career rebounds and 75 career blocks. She has at least six caroms in 18 games this season, including four double-figure rebounding performances. One of the toughest players to put on the EMU uniform, she notched a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds in a narrow setback at Toledo in 2009-10.

If EMU wins tonight, and if Kent State loses at Akron—unlikely, but in a rivalry, anything’s possible—then the Eagles would have the #4 seed, and a first round bye in the MAC tournament. Otherwise, the Eagles will be either the #5 or #6 seed and will host a game at 4:30 this Saturday, which would be a double-header with the men’s basketball senior day against Toledo at 2. The most likely opponents are Ohio, Miami, and Ball State, but since every MAC women’s basketball team plays at 7 pm tonight, we’ll have the whole tournament bracket by about 9.

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