Courtesy: Jason Kaufman/CMU Athletics
Central Michigan junior Taylor Johnson drives by Bowling Green's Jill Stein during last year's MAC Tournament semifinal in Cleveland, Ohio. The Chippewas and Falcons will square off in a quarterfinal matchup Thurssday afternoon at noon.
Game Notes: MAC Quarterfinal Features Rematch versus Falcons

No. 4 Central Michigan (18-11) vs. No. 5 Bowling Green (22-9)
Thursday, March 14, 12 p.m. | Cleveland, Ohio | Quicken Loans Arena

Broadcast Information
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Justin Hoff (play-by-play), Collin Hinman (color) and Matt Kearney (host)
Live Stats: EMUEagles.com | Twitter: @CMUWBBall | Facebook: /CMUWBBall

CMU Hoops Quick Hitters

  • CMU is seeking its first MAC Tournament championship since 1984 when it defeated Toledo, 71-55.
  • The Chippewas went 6-4 during the regular season versus the seven other teams to advance to Cleveland.
  • Sophomore Crystal Bradford was the only player in the conference to lead her team in all five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, steals, assists and blocks).
  • Bradford was honored by being named to the All- MAC first team for the first time in her career.
  • CMU advanced to the championship of last season’s MAC Tournament, falling to Eastern Michigan, 72-71.
  • CMU is 20-28 all-time in the MAC Tournament.
  • CMU went a perfect 11-0 during the regular season when allowing fewer than 60 points.
  • Coach Guevara is 7-5 in MAC Tournament play.

Probable Starters (Based on previous game)
            Name       Ht.       Yr.       GP-GS       PPG       RPG       Other
F   13       Jessica Schroll       6-0       Sr.       21-18       10.2
    4.7       1.7 APG
G   23       Crystal Bradford       6-2       So.       29-20       15.1       10.1       3.2 APG
G   24       Niki DiGuilio       5-8       Jr.       29-19       7.3       2.1       54 3FG
F   32       Jas'Mine Bracey       6-2       So.       28-13
    5.0       6.0       .466 FG%
G   33       Brandie Baker       6-0       Sr.       29-29       8.2       5.8       3.0 APG

 

What to Watch For

Baker is just 23 points shy of cracking the top 10 in scoring at CMU. She currently ranks No. 12 with 1,235 points

• With three field goals, Bradford will tie Betsy Yonkman (1985-86) and Britni Houghton (2008-09) for the ninth-best mark in single-season history at 183. 

Junior guard Niki DiGuilio from deep. DiGuilio has already moved into the top 10 in a single season for the third time in her career with 54 this season. Her career high is 69 in 2010-11.

A Look Back at Last Year’s Tournament

Bradford, Taylor Johnson and Jas’Mine Bracey became the first three players from the same program to be named to the All-Tournament Team since 2007. 

CMU set MAC Tournament records for the most points scored (362), field goals made (149) and field goals attempted (347).

Bradford set tournament records for field goals made (36), field goals attempted (80) and rebounds (53).

Four players averaged double figures scoring - Bradford (16.4), Bracey (12.4), Green (12.2) and Johnson (10.0).

Bradford averaged a double-double with 10.6 rebounds per game. 

CMU was 1.5 seconds away from punching its ticket to the NCAA Tournament before falling to Eastern Michigan, 72-71, when the Eagle’s Paige Reddit made a game-winning layup on an assist from Natachia Watkins. 

Scouting the Falcons
First-year head coach Jennifer Roos led the Falcons to a 20-9 record in the regular season and a No. 5 seed with an 11-5 record during conference play. The Falcons are led by All-MAC second-team selections Chrissy Steffen and Alexis Rogers. The squad won its final three regular season games of the season and advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Kent State, 76-35, and Western Michigan, 55-53.

Earlier this Season…
The Falcons handed Central Michigan its first Mid-American Conference loss, 84-59. CMU cut its deficit to two early in the second half, but BGSU scored the next 11 points and went on to shoot 66.7 percent in the second half, including 7-of-10 from behind the arc to run away with the victory. 

 

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