Eastern Michigan women's basketball team takes on Syracuse tonight
With the first two postseason wins in program history and a school record 24 wins already in hand, the Eastern Michigan women's basketball team travels to Syracuse tonight for a third-round Women's National Invitation Tournament game.
While the Eagles (24-12) are experiencing their first tournament success, Syracuse (24-9) is making its third straight appearance in the third round of the WNIT.
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Eastern junior Tavelyn James enters tonight's 7 p.m. game just 11 points shy of the school's single-season scoring record of 641 points, which she set a year ago.
James (17.5) and senior guards Cassie Schrock (14.6) and Sydney Huntley (11.3) all average double-digit points for the Eagles.
Syracuse is led by 6-foot-4 sophomore center Kayla Alexander (14.7 points, 7.0 rebounds) and junior forward Iasia Hemingway (12.5 points, 7.4 rebounds).
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, that duo guides the Orange’s offense off low-post (Alexander) and high-post (Hemingway) sets that have become the team’s staple in the second half of the season.
Eastern has a solid 9-4 record on the road this season. Syracuse is 13-0 at home against non-conference opponents and 19-2 overall at the Carrier Dome.
The Carrier Dome does hold some fond memories for Eastern Michigan basketball fans. In 1991, the No. 12-seeded EMU men's team beat Mississippi State and Penn State in the Carrier Dome to reach the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16.
The winner of tonight's EMU-Syracuse game will play at Toledo on Sunday. The Rockets beat Alabama, 74-59, on Tuesday night to become the first team to secure a quarterfinal berth.