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Women's NIT 2011: Michigan Eliminated By Eastern Michigan

After being left out of the 2011 NCAA tournament, the Michigan women's basketball team looked poised to make another run in the Women's NIT. After all, a year ago the Wolverines made it all the way to the semifinals of the 64-team tournament. This year, however, with seemingly a better team, Michigan was actually eliminated by Eastern Michigan in the first round.

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The Eagles hosted this game because of construction at Crisler Arena and they won by a score of 67-59 in front of their home crowd. Tavelyn James scored 21 points for Eastern MIchigan, and Sydney Huntley and Paige Redditt added 17 and 10, respectively.

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For Michigan, Rachel Sheffer led the team in scoring with 20 points. Courtney Boylan had 10 points for Michigan, but no other Wolverine scored in double figures.

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With the win, Eastern Michigan moves on to face UNC Wilmington on Monday. The game will be played at UNC Wilmington, and the winner will go up against Syracuse or St. Bonaventure later in the week. A full look at the 2011 WNIT bracket can be found here.