James Highsmith


Women's basketball hires coach

After a process that lasted exactly three weeks, Eastern Michigan University hired former Kansas assistant coach Tory Verdi to lead its women’s basketball team into the future.

EMU drops twice to Miami

The red-hot RedHawk offense proved to be too much for the Eastern Michigan University women’s softball team as it fell twice during the weekend series.

James leaves impressive legacy at EMU

“She just gets it.” You have no idea how many times I heard that while covering the Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team. But it’s true – Tavelyn James “gets” it. While every sport has its superstars, it’s rare to possess what James has.

Baseball, Softball teams compete

Baseball The Eastern Michigan University baseball team will look to continue its success at home during a three-game series against Central Michigan University starting at 6 p.m.

Coach AnnMarie Gilbert resigns

After five of the most successful years in Eastern Michigan women’s basketball history, EMU announced the resignation of coach AnnMarie Gilbert effective April 6.

Softball falls twice to Mastodons

The Eastern Michigan University softball team dropped both of its games in a doubleheader with Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on Tuesday in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Eagles (9-17) fell in the first game to IPFW (24-7) 5-0 and lost the second 4-3. In the first contest, junior pitcher Jenna Ignowski (6-4) fell to the Mastodons after allowing three runs on four hits in three innings of work.

Successful final year for seniors

Tavelyn James stepped on the basketball court as a highly touted freshman, earning all-state honors four times while in high school. James will step off as the most accomplished player in Eastern Michigan women’s basketball history.

Eagles drop in first round

For the No. 12 seeded Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team and senior guard Tavelyn James, the shots just wouldn’t fall. But ultimately, the Eagles would. EMU (23-9) lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks (24-9, No.

Eagles head toward NCAA tournament

Senior guard Tavelyn James and sophomore guard/forward Natachia Watkins have been a winning formula for the 12th-seeded Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team. And don’t expect that to change. “What I like about our chances is that she [University of South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley] plays a lot of man-to-man defense, [it’s] very aggressive,” Coach AnnMarie Gilbert said in an interview with emueagles.com.