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Posted on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 10:52 p.m.

Eastern Michigan women's basketball edged by Missouri-Kansas City in OT, 70-68

By Staff

A Tavelyn James 3-pointer bounced off the rim with 3 seconds to play and the Eastern Michigan women's basketball team lost 70-68 in overtime to Missouri-Kansas City on Friday night at the Convocation Center.

The Eagles, who lost in overtime at Michigan State last Saturday, played consecutive overtime games for the first time in 31 years, according to

The last time -- back-to-back wins over Pittsburgh and Northern Michigan in 1980 -- had happier outcomes.

Eastern Michigan got the ball out of bounds after James' late miss, but didn't get another shot off before time expired.

If the James shot had dropped, it would have made her Eastern Michigan's all-time career points leader. Her 19 points gives her 1,897 points, two shy of Laurie Byrd (1978-82).

The Eagles host Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Natachia Watkins added 18 points for Eastern Michigan (5-3).

UMKC's Dayon Hall-Jones led all scorers with 27 points.


Eagles/Rockets Holiday Meet: Eastern Michigan opened its season with a triangular meet win, scoring 123.5 points. Toledo (83) and Detroit-Mercy (64.5) also competed. Angela Scarber broke the Eastern Michigan school record with a 17.38-meter toss in the weight throw. (Details)