The Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team dropped their most recent outing on the road against rival Central Michigan University, 71-61, inside of McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant on Jan. 26. Redshirt senior Danielle Minott led Eastern Michigan with 21 points.
The Eagles fell down 20-16 after one quarter, despite holding multiple leads in the first period. The second quarter wouldn’t get any better for Eastern Michigan as they missed their first 10 shots while allowing Central Michigan to go on a 10-0 spurt that went back to the first period.
EMU was forced to call a timeout to try and stop momentum. However, the Eagles did find their rhythm towards the end of the second quarter and ended the half on an 11-2 run, behind Minott’s scoring attack.
Trailing 35-28 at the break, the Eagles were still within striking distance, if they would start shooting the ball more consistently.
Unfortunately for head coach Fred Castro and his club, they weren’t able to get going offensively. A lot of that can be attributed to the Chippewas’ staunch defense. The Central Michigan lead grew to as much as 16 in the third quarter before getting cut back down to 10 heading into the fourth. Autumn Hudson scored six points for EMU in the third to keep it respectable.
Another Central Michigan run put the lead at 19, and the Eagles were never able to fully get back into the game, going down 71-61, for their second loss in the last three matches. Eastern Michigan falls to 10-8 (3-4) on the season, as they can’t seem to get above .500 in the MAC. The Eagles are now just 3-4 on the road, compared to an impressive 7-1 record at the Convocation Center. Central Michigan improves to 14-5 (5-2), as they rebound from a loss at Toledo on Jan. 23.
The Chippewas were led by Reyna Frost, who had a game-high 26 points and 14 rebounds. She was 11-22 from the field and 3-3 at the free throw line. Presley Hudson added 21 points and six assists on 8-15 shooting.
Minott, who played all 40 minutes for EMU, scored 21 on 5-8 shooting from 3-point range. She also added five rebounds. Sophomore Corrione Cardwell finished the game with 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
Eastern Michigan gets a week off before returning to the Convocation Center for a matchup with Northern Illinois University, which are 11-8 overall and 1-6 away from home.