Women's basketball set for weekend matchup with Eastern Michigan

“This Saturday the Women’s basketball team (10-9) will travel up north to Ypsilanti Michigan to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Zips are going to have a handful on Saturday taking on the 14-4 Eagles who are currently second in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference, just behind Toledo (15-4).”

This Saturday the women’s basketball team (10-9) will travel up north to Ypsilanti, Michigan to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

The Zips are going to have a handful playing the 14-4 Eagles who are currently second in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference, just behind Toledo (15-4).

The Eagles only losses are to Temple, Notre Dame and MAC opponents Toledo and Bowling Green.

An Eastern Michigan player to keep an eye out for is Tavelyn James who leads the offensive attack with 384 points.

James is averaging 21.3 points a game and is shooting 36.3 percent from behind the arc. James also has 27 assists for the season.

Leading the defensive attack for the Eagles is Kristen Thomas with 152 rebounds. Thomas has 91 defensive rebounds and 61 offensive rebounds.

When the Zips plan on attacking the paint offensively they need to watch out for Thomas as she is a shot blocker with 26 blocks this season. She also has 28 steals this season.

Another key player to watch for is Cassie Schrock, who is averaging 12.7 points per game and is second on the team in scoring with 229 points and leading the team with 110 assists.

The Eagles are known for being a second half team. Out of there 1322 points this season, 703 came in the second half.

The Zips are coming off a strong win from last Saturday defeating the Western Michigan Broncos 58-44.

Leading the offensive attack for the Zips this season is small forward Kara Murphy who is averaging 16.2 points per game with 97 points this season.

Kara is starting to play the way we know she is capable of playing and I am pleased with her effort, Zips head coach Jodi Kest said.

Point guard Ayla Guzzardo has used her quickness and vision to lead the team in assists with 22.

Leading the defensive attack for the Zips is power forward Jolene Tamboue with 11.8 rebounds per game and 71 rebounds this season.

Freshman power forward Rachel Tecca provides a spark coming off the bench averaging 12.3 minutes per game and is second on the team with 74 points this season.

Center Kyle Baumgartner leads the Zips in shot blocking with six blocks.

The Zips have three players in the top 15 in rebounding in the MAC conference: Tamboue (7th), Tecca (11th), and Baumgartner (13th).

Murphy is third on the all time scoring list of Zips women’s basketball with 1,315 points, trailing past Zips player Pam Arnold’s record of 1,544 points.

The Zips beat the Ball State Cardinals 66-64 Jan. 27 in overtime.

The next time the Zips will return to James A. Rhodes arena will be on Thursday Feb. 4 when they take on the Central Michigan Chippewas (7-11).