Kalamazoo, Mich. - Central Michigan tied a program record with 68 first-half points and made a season-high 45 field goals Saturday afternoon en route to a dominant victory over rival Western Michigan, 113-87.
The Chippewas' (11-8, 7-0 MAC) matched their best Mid-American Conference start under head coach Sue Guevara with the victory, while the Broncos (8-10, 4-3 MAC) fell three games behind in the MAC West division.
CMU's 113 points and 45 made field goals both tied the third best marks in a single game in program history.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Maroon and Gold, including sharp shooters Niki DiGuilio and Kerby Tamm who each recorded new career highs with 27 and 20 points. The fearsome twosome combined to go 12-for-22 from behind the arc in the game.
The Chippewas were off and running from the start as junior Crystal Bradford found DiGuilio in transition for a corner three, the first of 13 for CMU in the game. The Broncos held the lead at the 12:55 mark when Jazmine Windham finished a layup to put them in front, 22-21, but the Chippewas responded with an 8-2 run to reclaim the lead, 30-24, and never look back.
A three-point play by redshirt freshman Jewel Cotton extended the lead to 11, 44-33, with 5:29 to go in the first half and a rare four-point play by DiGuilio at the 2:10 mark pushed the lead to 22, 61-39.
Junior Jessica Green closed the record-setting first half with a little trickery, throwing the ball off her defenders' back and laying it in on an inbound play to cap a 24-10 run over the final 5:29 of the half and give the Chippewas a 25-point advantage, 68-43.
CMU cooled off slightly in the second half, but it didn't make much of a difference as the Broncos were unable to erase the insurmountable lead. The Chippewas still shot 42.2 percent (19-for-45) in the second half and Tamm put on a shooting clinic.
The starting five of Bradford, junior Jas'Mine Bracey, Green, DiGuilio and Tamm combined to score 43 of CMU's 45 points in the second half, 15 of which came on five three-point field goals by Tamm.
Bradford scored 23 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season, while Bracey had 17 points and 11 boards for her fifth.
Green scored 12 points and dished out five assists, while Cotton came off the bench to score seven points and pull down five rebounds.
Central Michigan will be look to remain unbeaten on next Thursday, Jan. 30 when it hosts in-state rival Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m.