Women’s basketball semifinal game: Toledo redux
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.