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Posted on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 : 10:03 a.m.

Eastern Michigan women's basketball team takes on Syracuse tonight

By Staff

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.


Eastern Michigan fans celebrate with members of the women's basketball team after the Eagles beat Michigan 67-59 during the first round of the WNIT.

Melanie Maxwell |

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.

The game will be broadcast on WEMU 89.1 FM. Live internet audio is available on and live statistics are available at the Syracuse athletic department website.

Syracuse: Roster | Schedule/Results | Statistics

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Thu, Mar 24, 2011 : 9:54 p.m.

Go Eagles!!!!!! We will be watching !!


Thu, Mar 24, 2011 : 5:04 p.m.

Eastern 79 Syracuse 50


Thu, Mar 24, 2011 : 4:36 p.m.

Nice story - and great job by the EMU women ... nice to see is finally covering the ONLY hoops game in town with an actual preview of a game... of course a byline story and quotes from players and coaches would be asking too much I guess just think, if they made the NIT title game - we might get a quote in a story!!!