Eastern Michigan University’s women’s basketball team defeated the Northwood University Timberwolves, 92-84, inside the George Gervin GameAbove Center on Thursday, Nov. 2.
Leading the Eagles, sophomore Lachelle Austin scored 31 points. Senior Irekpitan Ozzy-Momodu added 21.
Austin recorded seven rebounds and six assists while Ozzy-Momodu tallied six rebounds, two steals and three blocks.
Junior Ce’Nara Skanes scored 14 points in addition to six rebounds and two blocks for the Eagles.
The Eagles went on a 7-0 run with 8:16 left in the first quarter, culminating in a bucket from Ozzy-Momodu, to take a 12-6 lead. EMU would then enter the second quarter down 23-20, surrendering their lead.
The Eagles went on a 6-0 run, highlighted by a bucket from Austin, to tie the game at 34. EMU broke the tie during halftime with a 45-42 lead.
Following intermission, the Eagles continued to expand its advantage, pushing it to 57-49 before going on an 8-0 run, increasing the score to 65-49 with 4:22 left in the third period.
The Timberwolves added to their score, but the Eagles still entered the fourth quarter strong with a 70-63 edge. The team played well near the basket, scoring 14 of its 25 points in the paint.
EMU held the lead before going on a 10-0 run, finished off by freshman Elena Cabello’s three, to grow the lead to 80-66 with 6:55 left in the game. The Eagles cruised the rest of the way for the 92-84 win, taking advantage of four Timberwolves turnovers, in the final period, scoring seven points off of those takeaways.
EMU piled up 17 assists and the team shot well from the three-point range, knocking down 7-of-16 long-range attempts.
The regular season play will begin Monday, Nov. 7, as the Eagles will open their 2022-23 season by inviting everyone to the George Gervin GameAbove Center for the ultimate “Season Premiere,” which will include both the men's and women's teams.
The women are set to face Lindenwood University with a 5 p.m. tip-off while the men take on Wayne State at 7:30 p.m.