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Thursday, 16 February, 2012 1:14 AM

Tavelyn James sets EMU record in 83-47 win over Kent State

Photo by Lars Hjelmroth

Eastern Michigan University senior guard Tavelyn James scorched Kent State for 40 points. Here she drives to the basket for a layup against the Golden Flashes. EMU won 83-47.

 

by Raymond Rolak
AmericaJR.com Web Team

 

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YPSILANTI, Mich. — It was Polish-American Heritage Day at Eastern Michigan University and senior guard Tavelyn James entertained the home crowd as she lit up the scoreboard with 40 points. The EMU women beat Kent State 83-47. EMU coach AnnMarie Gilbert has her Eagles at 17-7 and they travel to Kalamazoo for their next Mid-American Conference game versus Western Michigan University.

The 5-foot-7 James broke the EMU school record for three-point field goals in a game with 10. Her effort got her named MAC Player of the Week for the seventh time in her career. The former Detroit PSL All-State selection from Mumford was all over the court, driving, pulling up and bombing three’s. She was 10 of 18 from beyond the arc.

Her scoring average at 24.3 per game is ranked second in the country (NCAA).

In addition to the sensational effort by James, EMU senior center Paige Reditt added 15 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore forward Natachia Watkins added six points and 11 rebounds.

James now has 2,293 career points at EMU, 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. Prochaska is currently playing professionally in Poland for LKS-Siemens Lodz this year.

The Convocation Center was the place to be as Polish pop-singer Magda Kaminski entertained between halftime and the bilingual newspaper Polish Times had historical and culture displays throughout the arena. Television features with game highlights were sent to Poland by a crew from PolVision and videographers from Telewizja-Detroit. Assistant women’s coach at Kent State, Anna Kowalska, a Polish National, was featured regarding her NCAA experiences.

The E-Club enshrined seven new members into the 36th EMU Athletics Hall of Fame class. The ceremony was held in the EMU Student Center. The Class of 2011 includes:  Howard Booth (men's gymnastics), Ingrid Boyce Benn (women's track), Traci Parsons McMullen (women's basketball, women's track), Linda Milholland (softball), Jamie Nieto (men's track), Norm Parker (football) and John Schmidt (football).

Related Story: Polish-American Heritage Day Festivities Part of EMU Basketball

 

 

 

 

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