Eagles defense propels them to fifth straight win

The Rockets went on a 15-4 run to close the game but it was not enough as the Eastern Michigan women’s basketball team defeated the University of Toledo Rockets, 58-46, Wednesday night in Toledo, Ohio.

The Eagles brought a home crowd with them on the road as they battled against the Toledo Rockets. Several EMU players are from the “Glass City” including starting guard Cha Sweeney, Tori Easley, Sasha Dailey and KaBria Walker – each had fans of their own in the rival matchup.

Just before first the media timeout of the game the Eagles began shooting 75 percent with a 10-point, 14-4 lead. In the last matchup between the two teams, there were 43 total turnovers – 12 were committed (Eagles five and Toledo seven) after the first quarter.

EMU led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter after Phillis Webb got going with seven first half points. Toledo natives Dailey and Sweeney got it going offensively for EMU combining for 19 points going into the locker room at the half.

Toledo guard Jay Bravo-Harriott struggled taking care of the ball with five of their 13 turnovers in the first half as the Rockets trailed by 15 points, 37-22.

EMU began the third quarter with an 11-2 run to go up 22 points thanks to Sweeney’s scoring against Toledo’s defense. Janay Morton got in the mix offensively knocking down shots and getting to the free throw line. The Eagles held Toledo to only six points in the third quarter – leading 54-27.

During the final quarter of the game, Chanise Baldwin fouled out finishing with only four points and five rebounds along with five blocks. The Eagles were led by Sweeney’s 18 points and Morton’s 14 points. Webb provided eight points and five boards while Dailey added seven off the bench.

The Eagles scored 22 points off 21 turnovers and held the Rockets to only 37 percent (18-48) and 28 percent (3-11) from beyond the arc. The Eagles outrebounded Toledo 34-29 led by Sweeney nine-rebound performance. EMU shot 44 percent (22-50) for the game.

Looking Forward:

The Eagles look to celebrate their seniors as they host Ball State Saturday for Senior Night. Rachel Kehoe, Sera Ozelci, KaBria Walker and Chanise Baldwin will be playing in their final home game.

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