Women’s Basketball Comeback Falls Short vs. Bowling Green, 71-60

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YPSILANTI, Michigan (EMUEagles.com) — Despite a late comeback attempt, the Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team dropped a Mid-American Conference affair at the hands of Bowling Green State University, 71-60, tonight, January 24 , at the George Gervin GameAbove Center.

Senior security guard red shirt Areanna Combs (Oklahoma City, Okla.-Putnam City West (Oklahoma State)) led the Eagles (4-10, 1-6 MAC) with 21 points and a pair of assists. Redshirt sophomores ahead Ce’Nara Sknes (Oklahoma City, Okla.-Putnam West (Florida International)) added nine points while redshirt senior Danielle Rainey (Washington DC-Vista Ridge (Florida)) came in with eight runs of his own to go along with two assists.

Led by Combs’ three offensive rebounds, East Michigan did a great job crashing the offensive glass and knocking down 13 boards, resulting in nine second chance points. In addition, the red shirt senior took eight rebounds within the team

The Eastern Michigan defense caused many errors in tonight’s game, forcing 18 Bowling Green turns while making 14. Those takeaways became 13 points across the floor. Combs’ three steals individually led the way for the Eagles.

How it happened
After trailing 10-4, Eastern Michigan went on a 6-0 run with 5:04 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 10. Bowling Green then moved forward, leading the Eagles into the second quarter with a 15-13 deficit. Bowling Green continued to extend that lead into the second quarter, building a 17-13 lead before Green and White took a 5-0 run to take an 18-17 lead. The Falcons came back roaring and took a 35-27 lead towards halftime.

The Eastern Michigan deficit continued to grow in the third stanza as the Eagles faced a 59-43 deficit heading into the fourth quarter. EMU played well near the basket, scoring 10 out of 16 points in the paint. Eastern narrowed BGSU’s advantage in the fourth quarter but failed to overcome the bulge and lost 71-60. Eastern Michigan got a boost from its bench in the period, with non-starters scoring eight of 17 total points.

Game Notes
» Eastern Michigan forced a total of 18 turnovers in the game. The game marks the sixth time this season that EMU has led the revenue battle and the fourth time the Eagles have won that battle in MAC play.
» EMU cleared the offensive glass and collected 13 offensive boards in the game. It is the ninth time this season that Green and White have tapped 10+ offensive boards in a match. It is also the fourth straight game that Eastern has racked up 10 or more rebounds on the offensive side.
” To comb led the attack by 21 points. Tonight marked its fourth game this season, scoring 20+ points for Eastern Michigan and the fifth time this season that an eagle has scored 20 or more in a game. Eastern has a record of 1-3 in those games. Individually, Combs has scored 20+ points in 23 career games (a total of 58 career games).
» The Eagles got a team-high eight rebounds from Combs. The guard now led the team in rebounds three times in the 2021-22 season and 14 times while donning green and white.
» Eight different players scored points in the game for Eastern Michigan. It marks the eighth time this season that Eastern has scored eight or more players in a game.
» Junior red shirt Toyosi Abiola (London, England.-City of London Academy (Iona)) played her first minutes of basketball as an Eastern Michigan Eagle. Abiola was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in the 2017-18 season at Iona College.
» With 21 points, Combs has now scored double-digit goals in 55 of her 58 games in her Green-White career (94.8%). That number is the highest percentage in the Mid-American Conference.

Historical Notes
» Tonight was the 73rd all-time meeting between the Eagles and the Falcons. BGSU leads the all-time series, 53-20.

Next one
Eastern Michigan travels to Northeastern Ohio to take on the Zips of Akron University on Wednesday, January 26. Tipoff is set at 7pm at the James A. Rhodes Arena. The game will air on ESPN3 and fans can hear the game on WEMU 89.1 FM or on the Varsity Network app, featuring Tom Helmer providing the play-by-play and Alex Jewell serve as an analyst.

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