Women's basketball starts cold, ends with win

KALAMAZOO – The Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Western Michigan University 61-52.

The Broncos (5-10, 0-2) jumped out to an early 13-3 lead with 14:38 left to play in the first, but EMU managed to close the gap nearly five minutes later when Chenise Miller tipped in her own miss to make it 15-14.

“This Eastern Michigan team is a no quit, continue to fight team,” coach AnnMarie Gilbert said. “And we were able to pull away through solid defense.”

With EMU leading 32-29 at the half, the Eagles went on to outscore WMU 29-23 in the second behind Tavelyn James 10 points in the period. James ended the contest with 18.

Kristin Thomas continued to be the Eagles’ leader in rebounding. She had a career-high 16 to go along with her four points.

The win pushes EMU’s record to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in Mid-American Conference play.

The Eagles’ next game is against the University of Toledo (12-3, 2-0) at Toledo. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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