Tavelyn James scores 34 points, EMU women's basketball wins at Buffalo
Eastern Michigan senior guard Tavelyn James scored 34 points, taking over fifth-place on the Mid-American Conference’s all-time scoring list in the process, and the Eagles cruised to a 72-54 win at Buffalo on Wednesday night.
Already EMU’s career leading scorer, James made 12-of-23 shots, including 5-of-10 attempts from 3-point range, to increase her four-year total to 2,175 points. Carrie Moore, who played at Western Michigan from 2004-07, is fourth on the MAC all-time list with 2,224 points.
James, the only EMU player to attempt a 3-point basket, hit back-to-back long distance shots over the final 1:38 of the first half to give the Eagles (13-7, 5-2 MAC West) a 34-23 halftime lead.
Desyree Thomas (9 points, 7 assists) opened the second half with a traditional three-point play to continue the Eagles' momentum. Buffalo (6-15, 1-6 MAC East) wouldn’t get within nine points again.
A Paige Redditt (11 points, 7 rebounds) layup gave EMU its largest lead of the game, 70-50, with 1:51 to play.
Eastern Michigan forced 29 Buffalo turnovers and turned them into 30 points. Thomas led the team with five steals. James and Olivia Fouty added four apiece.
Christa Baccas came off the bench to lead Buffalo with 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting. The rest of the Bulls’ roster went 9-for-40 from the floor.
The Eagles host Akron at 2 p.m. Saturday, part of a doubleheader at the Convocation Center. The EMU men host Bowling Green at 6 p.m.