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Central Michigan (10-8, 6-0 MAC) at Western Michigan (8-9, 4-2 MAC)
Saturday, January 25 | 2 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. | University Arena
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Jared Sandler (play-by-play), David Lyden (color) and Brad Tunney (host)
Live Stats: CMUChippewas.com | Twitter: @CMUWBBall | Facebook: /CMUWBBall
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||3||Jessica Green||5-10||Jr.||18-16||12.2||2.9||4.0 APG|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-10||Jr.||18-18||6.9||4.1||33 3FGM|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-0||Jr.||17-8||20.1||11.2||3.1 SPG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Sr.||18-18||13.5||1.6||60 3FGM|
|F||32||Jas'Mine Bracey||6-2||Jr.||18-18||9.8||9.2||0.8 BPG|
CMU Hoops Quick Hitterst
• CMU enters Saturday’s contest riding a six-game winning streak and is looking for its’ second-consecutive 7-0 MAC start.
• The Chippewas have claimed each of the last six meeting versus the Broncos and nine of the last 10 dating back to 2009.
• Sophomore Da’Jourie Turner has scored in double figures in each of the last two games, including a career-high 14 versus BGSU.
• Head Coach Sue Guevara is 10-3 versus Western Michigan during her CMU tenure.
• Junior Crystal Bradford was named the NCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Tuesday.
• CMU had a season-high 22 assists in the win at Kent State Wednesday, a career-high five of which came from senior NIki DiGuilio.
Lend a Helping Hand
The Chippewas dished out a season-high 22 assists in their 87-53 victory at Kent State on Thursday, led by senior Niki DiGuilio’s career-high five assists. CMU has dished out at least 20 assists five different times season and are 4-1 when doing so.
CMU is looking to open MAC play 7-0 for the second-straight season, matching the best mark under Guevara. It would also be the third seven-game winning streak under Guevara.
The Crystal Bradford Award
If Bradford continues to win MAC West Player of the Week awards, the league might have to consider renaming the award. Bradford has won the award in three-straight weeks and five times this season. She has now earned the award 12 times, tying former BGSU star Lauren Prochaska’s record of 12 Player of the Week awards.
The Nation is Recognizing Too
Bradford also was named the NCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the week by the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday. This is the first time in her career she has earned National Player of the Week honors.
What a Comeback
CMU trailed Bowling Green by 11 points with under 3:00 to play only to close regulation on a 12-1 run and eventually pull off a win in overtime, 82-79. The record improved the Chippewas’ to 5-0 in the MAC for the second-straight season. Sophomore Da’Jourie Turner matched her career high with 14 points, all of which came in the second half and overtime.
Welcome to the Club
Senior Taylor Johnson became the third player this season to join Central Michigan’s 1,000-point club, joining senior Niki DiGuilio and junior Crystal Bradford. This marks the first time in program history that the CMU lineup has featured three 1,000-point scorers in the same season.
Junior Jessica Green is also on pace to score her 1,000th career point this season, needing to average just 7.9 points per game over CMU’s final 13 guaranteed games. CMU would be just the 10th program in NCAA history to have four different 1,000-point scorers on the same roster should Green accomplish the feat.
Senior Niki DiGuilio became the leader of men and women at Central Michigan for most three-point field goals made versus Toledo, passing former CMU men’s star Robbie Harman’s record of 233. DiGuilio now has 245 triples in her career and is on pace to become just the third player in MAC history to eclipse 300 career triples.
One Night, Two Milestones
Senior Niki DiGuilio reached a pair of milestones in her home state of Ohio on Dec. 30, becoming the program’s all-time leader in three-point field goals and the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 points.
Three-Point Streaks to Watch
The Chippewas have made at least one three-point field goal in all 209 games coached under head coach Sue Guevara. DiGuilio also enters Saturday’s game with streak of 23 consecutive games with at least one made shot from behind the arc.
No team in the country played a non-conference schedule as tough as Central Michigan according to the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s College Basketball Rankings. CMU played three top-25 opponents, while 10 of its’ 12 games were against 2013 postseason teams.
Bradford and Green Preseason All-MAC
Juniors Crystal Bradford and Jessica Green were each named to the Preseason All-MAC West Team as voted by the leagues’ coaches. The tandem returns as the Chippewas’ top two scorers from a season ago and are both on pass to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau in 2013-14.
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Central Michigan was a unanimous choice to win the Mid-American Conference West title and received nine of 12 votes to repeat at the MAC Tournament by the coaches in the leagues’ preseason poll. CMU returns 10 letterwinners and three starters from last season’s MAC Tourney championship squad.