Roundup: Men's basketball bounces back

The Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team started its three-game home stand during the holiday break with a tough loss to Samford, 58-57, but proved to be resilient after the defeat.

It won its next two games against Northwood, 72-58, and Chicago State, 59-47, respectively.

The story largely remains the same when it comes to one of EMU’s major contributors, as Brandon Bowdry remains a driving force.

The junior forward earned his 15th career double-double against Northwood (16 points, 11 rebounds), then narrowly missed another against Chicago State when he had 23 points and nine rebounds.

Bowdry is second in the Mid-American Conference in scoring (19.5) and first in rebounds (10.9).
EMU is set to take on Western Michigan University at 4 p.m. Saturday in Kalamazoo.

Women’s basketball keeps winning

The EMU women’s basketball team kept rolling over the holidays, picking up wins against Chicago State, Cleveland State and North Dakota.

Tavelyn James leads the MAC in scoring (21.0).

James was held to two points at Chicago State but bounced back, hitting six three-pointers en route to 24 points against Cleveland State. She nearly replicated her stat line from the previous game as she had 24 with five three-pointers against North Dakota.

“She’s a scorer,” fellow guard Cassie Schrock said after practice Tuesday. “She’s a true scorer. Every team needs one, and she’s ours.”

Men’s and women’s swimming place

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams kicked off the new year with second- and first-place finishes, respectively, at the Florida International University invitational in Ventura, Fla.

The men won the 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard medley relays. The 200-yard breaststroke relay team placed second, while the 200-yard freestyle relay team finished fourth.

The women’s team bested the men on the day, winning six of the eight events. Sarah Maraskine, Sheila Carson, Tracy Morgan and Sarah Kowalski formed the 400-yard medley relay team, winning in 4:02.39.

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