Tavelyn James scores 40, climbs MAC all-time lists in Eastern Michigan women's basketball win
Jeffrey Smith | for AnnArbor.com
Eastern Michigan senior guard Tavelyn James continued her rise up the Mid-American Conference record books on Saturday while a fifth straight conference rival fell to the Eagles.
James scored 40 points, hitting 10-of-19 shots from 3-point range in the process, as the Eastern Michigan women’s basketball team cruised past Kent State 83-47 at the Convocation Center.
Her scoring total gave James 2,293 career points, pushing her three points ahead of Bowling Green’s Lauren Prochaska (2007-11) and into third-place on the conference’s all-time scoring list.
James’ 10 3-point baskets set the EMU school record and moved her two spots up that all-time MAC list, into fourth place in conference history.
She came two points shy of her own single-game scoring record of 42 points, set against Northeastern early this season.
Senior forward Paige Redditt added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles (17-7, 9-2 MAC West), who won their fifth straight overall and eighth consecutive at the Convocation Center.
EMU remains tied with Toledo atop the MAC West standings. The Rockets (16-7, 9-2) handed East Division-leading Bowling Green their first MAC loss, 52-50, on Saturday.
James hit three of her 3-pointers during a 16-3, three-minute scoring run that gave the Eagles a 23-14 lead with 10:24 left in the first half. She finished 6-of-12 from long range in the first half as EMU built a 37-23 halftime lead.
Kent State (5-16, 4-7 MAC East) threatened to get back in the game early in the second half, cutting the Eagles' lead to 39-32 with 17:11 left to play.
But Eastern Michigan then put together a 15-6 run to lead 54-36 with 12:01 left and extended its lead from there.
Itziar Llobet led Kent State with 15 points.