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Posted on Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 5:31 p.m.

Eastern Michigan women's basketball loses battle of MAC division leaders at Bowling Green

By AnnArbor.com Staff

High-scoring Eastern Michigan senior guard Tavelyn James narrowly missed out on a game-high point total at Bowling Green on Sunday.

The battle of Mid-American Conference division leaders in front of 2,539 at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, wasn’t nearly as close.

Bowling Green’s Alexis Rogers scored 30 points -- topping James’ 29-point output -- in a 70-54 win, extending the Falcons’ (16-3, 6-0 MAC East) win streak against Eastern Michigan (12-7, 4-2 MAC West) to 10 games.

The Eagles went scoreless over a six-minute stretch late in the first half and trailed 41-25 at halftime. The Falcons, who made more than half of their shots (25-of-49), extended the lead to as many as 22 points in the second half. Eastern Michigan shot 27 percent (15-of-55) from the floor.

Sophomore Natachia Watkins scored 10 points and senior Paige Redditt added seven points and 14 rebounds for the Eagles.

The game was a rematch of last year’s MAC tournament title game, which the Falcons won 51-46.