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Women’s basketball semifinal game: Toledo redux

March 9, 2012

With a 72-62 win over Northern Illinois yesterday afternoon, the Toledo Rockets earned a rematch with EMU in the MAC women’s basketball tournament semifinals. The Eagles swept the Rockets in the regular season, winning in Toledo on January 11, 70-66, and then dominating the Rockets in Ypsilanti 54-33 on February 21. But, in case anyone had forgotten, on Monday we were reminded that a regular-season sweep is no guarantee of a tournament win.

In addition to the hope of advancing to the championship game and potentially getting another shot at Bowling Green, there are several individual records at stake for the Eagles. With their 127th game this afternoon, seniors Tavelyn James and Paige Redditt will pass 2010-11 senior Cassie Schrock for the most games played at EMU. Redditt is currently fourth on the EMU all-time rebounding list, needing five to tie for third and ten to tie for second; first place is 37 rebounds away, which will take at least three or four games to reach. James is third on the MAC career-scoring list, needing 32 points — achievable today — to tie for second.

More importantly, EMU must win the MAC tournament to get into the NCAA tournament. The lost last week to Central Michigan dropped the Eagles off the tournament bubble, and a win today over Toledo followed by a loss tomorrow to Bowling Green (or worse, to Central Michigan) will not be enough to move them from their current RPI ranking of #62 into serious tournament consideration. With a loss today or tomorrow, EMU will find themselves back in the WNIT, which is not where they wanted to be this year.

This afternoon’s game, scheduled for a 2:30 PM tipoff (dependent on how long the Central Michigan-Bowling Green game goes), will be broadcast on WEMU, and can be watched online on ESPN3. Feel free to discuss it in the comments here.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2012 2:42 pm

    And EMU comes out slow, looking like they haven’t played a game in 10 days. Oh, wait, they haven’t.

  2. March 9, 2012 2:55 pm

    Eagles are warming up a little, but still getting badly outshot, 23.8% to 40%.

  3. March 9, 2012 3:20 pm

    After a very slow start that had them down 6-8 points most of the half, EMU narrowed the gap with 2 minutes left, and at halftime the Eagles trail by 5, 28-23.

  4. March 9, 2012 3:23 pm

    And since I didn’t mention it yet, Central Michigan beat Bowling Green in the early game, to advance to the championship game tomorrow. If EMU wins today, the Eagles will be a solid favorite tomorrow.

  5. March 9, 2012 4:03 pm

    Right now the Eagles are just not shooting well enough to make any kind of comeback. The two primary scoring threats, Watkins and James, are shooting just 33% and 25%, respectively. Meanwhile the Rockets have players who are 4-4 (100%), 5-6 (83%), and 5-8 (63%).

  6. March 9, 2012 4:05 pm

    Down 9 with 7 minutes left, EMU is running out of time to make a comeback.

  7. March 9, 2012 4:21 pm

    TAVELYN JAMES!!! Leading the way on a furious comeback, and the Eagles are only down 1 point with 1:42 left!

  8. March 9, 2012 4:24 pm

    With 1:06 left, EMU takes their first lead of the game, 58-57, on a layup by Redditt!

  9. Kenneth Barna permalink
    March 10, 2012 9:51 am

    Dear cmadler,
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, It is very difficult to beat a team three times in a row during a season. I don’t exactly know why, but it just seems to be that way. I’m not making any excuses for the men the other night, but that was the third game against Northern Illinois. I’m glad the women came through with the win, but it was a struggle, and you are right about the shooting. If, they don’t improve that, they can call it a day with Central. I did like Eastern’s swarming defense though, that seemed to cause all kinds of problems for Toledo, and I hope they keep that up with Central.

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