BOSTON— Sophomore guard Desyree Thomas (Waterford Mott) had a good start in contributing to the Eastern Michigan Women’s basketball team and their first win of the season. She got 10 points in helping to the 83-53 road win over Northeastern University. Thomas was an All-State and All-Conference hoopster at Mott her senior season.

None of the efforts of Thomas took away from the 42-point performance from senior guard Tavelyn James (Detroit Mumford.) James supplied a majority of EMU’s offense with 27 first-half points, draining 11-of-13 shots for an incredible 84.6 percent shooting percentage. Because of her record scoring night and outstanding play in Boston, the Mid-American Conference named James, player of the week.

“Since Tavelyn got back from the Pan-Am Games everyone on the team has picked it up a notch in practice,” said head coach AnnaMarie Gilbert. Toledo, Central Michigan and EMU look to be the strong powers in the MAC-West for 2012 tourney.

In the last Pan-Am game for the USA women, with only limited playing time James scorched 19 as Argentina folded 87-41. The USA women were overpowered most of the tourney though, coming in seventh.

The Lady Eagles will be coming home to the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti after a five game road swing on Friday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m. against UMKC.