Cha Sweeney and the Eastern Michigan Eagles will look to rush past the Toledo Rockets on Wednesday and continue their push at winning five games in six days to make the NCAA tournament.
The women's tourney tipped-off on Monday with both teams snagging victories. EMU beat five-win Kent State by a score of 70-52. But at halftime, the Eagles were struggling to put away the inferior Golden Flashes, and held just 28-27 lead. About two minutes after the break, senior Jamaica Bucknor helped the Eagles string together a 15-2 run in following minutes to take the lead for good. Late triples and free throws by Sweeney helped her grab eight points in the four minutes to finish with a game high 21.
Toledo had no problem with 10th-seeded Miami on the same night, as the Rockets cruised to a 62-47 win. UT slowly broke the game wide open in the first half, taking their lead from a four point edge with seven minutes left in the first half to a 11-point advantage right before halftime. But the break didn't slow Toledo's momentum, as the Rockets had a 18-point lead by half way through the second half. Two Toledo players reached double figures in Jay Bravo-Harriot and Sophie Reecher, who scored 17 and 12.
On the season, Toledo's Inma Zanoguera is averaging a team high 15.8 points and is the only UT player averaging double figures. The senior guard and Toledo will probably spend a large portion of the game figuring out what to do about EMU's Cha Sweeney, who stands at just 5'2''. No one on the Toledo roster is shorter than 5'7'', meaning Sweeney might be able to use her quickness to make up for the height advantage.
Toledo and Eastern split their two meetings this season, with the away team winning both games. On Jan. 24, EMU beat the Rockets 75-61, with Sweeney scoring a game-high 23 on 34 minutes of action. Back on Feb. 21, Toledo pulled away to defeat Eastern by the score of 81-72, as Reecher had a career high 23 points in the Toledo victory.
The game is scheduled to begin 30 minutes after the Eastern Michigan-Central Michigan game ends. That game starts at noon ET. EMU radio 89.1 FM WEMU will be on the scene, as the Eagles play in Cleveland for the first time since 2012. You can listen to the online stream here.