Eastern Michigan University head coach Tory Verdi knew foul trouble and the inability to get stops on defense led to the second-half collapse against Bowling Green State University Jan. 23.
“We struggled to stop (BGSU) defensively,” Verdi said on emueagles.com after the game. “I thought getting in foul trouble hurt us a lot. We committed our 10th foul at the 14-minute mark. Therefore, we could not get steals and deflections like we did in the first half.”
Cha Sweeney, Desyree Thomas and Jamaica Bucknor finished with four fouls each and sat at various points in the second half as EMU dropped its third straight game on the road in Mid-American Conference play by the score of 71-57 to BGSU at the Stroh Center.
For Eastern Michigan (12-5, 2-4 MAC), Janay Morton and Sweeney led the way with 18 points each.
Alexis Rogers scored a game-high 24 on 7-of-10 shooting, one three-point make and 9-for-9 from the free-throw line for BGSU (15-3, 5-1 MAC).
EMU returns to the Convocation Center tomorrow for a 2 p.m. contest against the University of Akron.
The Eagles will show its support for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association breast cancer awareness and fundraising program, “Play 4Kay” by wearing pink in the game.
Akron comes into the game with a 9-8 record and 3-3 in MAC play.
Chad Bush and Greg Steiner will have the call on WEMU 89.1 FM beginning at 1:50 p.m.
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