Head coach Fred Castro and the Eastern Michigan University’s women’s basketball team won their season home opener 68-50 over the Ferris State University Bulldogs, Wednesday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Despite the struggles offensively from the Eagles, junior guard Sasha Dailey led EMU with 28 points to go along with nine rebounds and five steals. “Sasha continues to impress,” said coach Fred Castro. “Three games now with big time numbers and we’re really happy for her and she’s helping us and really coming off the bench gives us that spark – I think the best is in store for her.”
Second leading scorer for the Eagles actually came off the bench as – Ashley Nickens scored her career-high as an Eagle with 12 points followed by Micah Robinson with 10 points respectively.
“It’s the matter of finding Ashley when she’s in there – also us being able to execute the sets out of timeouts,” said Castro.
Although the Eagles struggled on the offensive end shooting only 35 percent from the field and 17 percent from beyond the arc, EMU held the Bulldogs to only 30 percent shooting including 17 percent from downtown. The Eagles also forced 19 turnovers that turned into 24 points.
Defensively the Eagles had seven blocks including five from Becca Turney. The Eagles also outperformed Ferris State on the glass – grabbing 56 rebounds with 18 of them on the offensive end.
The Eagles hit the road as they travel Winston-Salem, North Carolina to take on the Wake Forest Deacon Demons. Wake Forest has a 1-1 record so far this season. “We kept Ferris State to only 31 points after the first quarter which shows signs of life,” said Castro. “With that being said Wake Forest has a lot of firepower so we’re going to have to improve on today to be able to compete down there.”