CLEVELAND -- After winning a first-round Mid-American Conference tournament game for the second-consecutive season, the No. 6 seeded Central Michigan women's basketball team travels to Quicken Loans Arena for the remainder of the tournament, squaring off with No. 3 seed Kent State in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
The Chippewas are looking for their first semifinal berth since the tournament expanded to include all 12 programs in 2000. CMU is 2-2 in the MAC Tournament under third-year head coach Sue Guevara after going 16 seasons without a postseason victory prior to her arrival.
Live stats and a live audio stream will be made available for free to all fans. CMU Sports Zone subscribers can watch CMU's run through the tournament as part of their subscription. The MAC is also offering single game and tournament packages, where fans can catch all the action from Quicken Loans Arena.
Search for the Semifinals -- The Chippewas have not advanced past the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament since 1992, when CMU picked up a 69-59 victory over Miami in the quarterfinal round.
March Madness -- CMU snapped a 16-game losing streak in the MAC Tournament a year ago with a victory over Akron in the opening round before falling to top-seeded Bowling Green in the quarterfinals. The last win previous came in the 1992 quarterfinals against Miami.
- The Chippewas are 15-25 all-time in the MAC Tournament, 2-2 under Sue Guevara.
- CMU has now reached the quarterfinals in consecutive years after failing to do so since the tournament’s expansion to
include all 12 teams in 2000.
- The Chippewas played just the 34th game in the history of the MAC Tournament decided by three or fewer points against
Ohio in the opening round (69-66).
- CMU is 1-3 all-time at Quicken Loans Arena/Gund Arena.
Path to the Championship Game -- In postseason play, CMU is 0-2 against Kent State, 0-2 against Ball State and 3-6 against Toledo.
30 And Counting -- The Chippewas have won a combined 30 games already in the last two seasons, the most in a two-year span for the Chippewas since the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons (31). The 17 MAC wins over the last two regular seasons is also the most since the 18 won between 1992-93 and 1993-94.
All-MAC for Three -- Kaihla Szunko, Britni Houghton and Shonda Long each were tabbed with third-team All-MAC recognition, giving CMU three All-MAC selections for the first time since 1992, when Nikki Thompkins, Carrie Isanhart and Carla Sterk earned second-team laurels. It’s the third All-MAC selection in Houghton’s career (second-team in 2009, third-team in 2008) and the first in the careers of Szunko and Long.
All-Freshman Recognition -- Rachel Mauk earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman team this season, giving the Chippewas at least one member on the freshman squad in each of the last two seasons. Brandie Baker was on the All-Freshman squad and earned Freshman of the Year honors in 2009.