In a matchup against Western Michigan, the Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team (13-10, 5-7 MAC) defeated the Broncos (10-13, 5-7 MAC), 68-58, on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Junior Ce'Nara Skanes, Sophomore Tayra Eke, and Senior Irekpitan Ozzy-Momodu led the Eagles in scoring, combining for 51 points.
Skanes finished the contest with her 30th career double-double recording 26 points and 15 rebounds, her 12th career game with 20 or more points.
On Skanes’ performance, head coach Fred Castro said in a postgame interview held by EMUAthletics, “You can tell how she impacted the game on both the offensive and defensive side Ce’Nara knows we need her to perform at a high level to win tough games.”
Eke recorded 14 points and three blocks for the green and white making this the sixth time this season that she’s recorded multiple blocks and scored double-digit points.
Ozzy-Momodu scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, and two blocks against the Broncos, her seventh game scoring double-digits.
The Eagles had a rocky start in the beginning of the game trailing the Broncos 17-9 at the end of the first quarter.
This is the 15th time this season that EMU has held a team under 30 points in the first half.
Going into the locker room at halftime up 31-23 against the Broncos, the Eagles held onto the lead until the Broncos attempted to cut into that lead during the third quarter.
With 2:26 left on the clock the Eagles continued to widen their lead that led them to victory.
“Western Michigan is a team that have some pieces that are really really dangerous and their defense, their zone is unlike anything that we see all year so preparing for it is not always the easiest thing to do but we found a way today to get a great home win,” Castro said.
Next up, the Eagles are scheduled for a road game against the University of Akron on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with a 7 p.m. tip off that will be broadcasted on ESPN+.
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