WMU Women's Basketball

Multiple players dive for a loose ball in Western Michigan's game against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 8, 2020

Eastern Michigan came back and defeated Western Michigan women's basketball 83-79 on Saturday afternoon at Read Fieldhouse.

Here are three takeaways from the game.

Field goal percentage

Western Michigan started off the first quarter with a poor shooting performance, only shooting 2-for-12 from the field and trailing 16-8. The second quarter was a different story as the Broncos picked it up on the offensive side of the ball, going on a 19-8 run to end the quarter and lead 31-29 at the half. 

WMU continued shooting the ball more efficiently in the third quarter, going 9-for-19 from the field.

That led to a 10-0 WMU run in the third quarter led by Breanna Mobley and Jordan Walker to give WMU a 10-point lead in the third and a four-point lead going into the fourth.

The Broncos continued to make shots in the fourth, mainly from Jordan Walker, who had five of the first six points for the Broncos in the fourth.

 But when crunch time came, the Broncos really struggled in the final five minutes of the game. Multiple missed shots late allowed the Eagles to come back and defeat the Broncos. Poor defense from the Broncos led the Eagles to having more opportunities in the closing minutes of the game.

 Rebounding

Rebounding was also a factor for the Broncos. In the poor first quarter start for the Broncos, WMU was outrebounded 13-6 by the Eagles.

Like the field goal percentage, WMU picked it up in the second quarter gaining the rebound edge 14-8 from Eastern Michigan. Breanna Mobley was a big part of the Broncos success on the boards, becoming the all-time leading rebounder at WMU and securing rebounds in Saturday's game. 

Western continued to get better on the glass in the third quarter, coming down with 11 rebounds.

 Leighah-Amori Wool helped attack the glass, adding seven rebounds for the Broncos. Eastern went on a 6-0 run to tie the game early in the fourth quarter after coming down with 3 three straight defensive rebounds after the Broncos missed and scored on each possession.

Despite being outrebounded in the fourth quarter, the Broncos hot shooting helped make up for the lack of rebounds. Breanna Mobley got her 10th rebound with five minutes left in the fourth, giving her a double-double with 20 points. 

 Turnovers

The Broncos did a decent job of taking care of the ball in the first half. WMU committed five turnovers in the  half, mainly coming in the first quarter when the Broncos were shooting 2-for-12 from the field.

When the Broncos went on their run in the third, they did a nice job of taking care of the ball, committing only one turnover in the third.

 Six turnovers for WMU in the fourth quarter cost WMU the lead and the game. In the game's most critical moments, the Broncos had too many lapses, ultimately leading to their third straight loss.

Western looks to end a three game skid with another game at home on Wednesday, Feb. 12 against Buffalo.

 

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