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Women's Basketball Stumbles Against Eastern Michigan

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 02/15/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan shot just 28.8 percent from the floor on its way to a 83-56 loss to Eastern Michigan Wednesday night in the Play 4Kay annual pink game. First team all-conference guard Tavelyn James led the Eagles with a game-high 30 points. James entered the contest ranked second in the nation with a 24.3 ppg scoring average.

Western Michigan post players Rachel Adaline and Robin Giden combined for 24 points, but the Broncos struggled otherwise offensively. Adaline recorded a team-high and career-best 14 points, while also hauling in seven rebounds. Giden came off the bench to tally 10 points and eight boards. Despite their efforts, WMU was outscored in the paint, 56-22. WMU leading scorer Maria Iaquaniello was held below her 13.5 ppg season average, finishing with eight points.

Natachia Watkins got things rolling for Eastern Michigan, scoring 10 of her team's first 14 points. James became active midway through the first half and both she and Watkins had 18 points at the break, as EMU led 43-24. Watkins was held to just two points the rest of the game but Olivia Fouty stepped up in her place, scoring all but three of her 13 points in second half. Fouty added 15 rebounds for a double-double.

Eastern Michigan scored 27 points off 23 WMU turnovers and shot 50.0 percent for the game. The Broncos outrebounded the Eagles by two, 45-43.

Western Michigan slips to 6-19 overall, 3-9 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Eagles remain atop the West division with a 10-2 MAC, 18-7 overall record. WMU travels to Toledo Saturday to face the Rockets at noon. The game will be aired live on SportsTime Ohio.