Central Michigan (17-9, 13-1 MAC) vs. Ball State (11-14, 6-8 MAC)
Thursday, February 27 | 7 p.m.
Mount Pleasant, Mich. | McGuirk Arena
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
TV: TWCS/ESPN3/Comcast Michigan/ESPN Full Court; Mike Cairns (PxP) and Jacki Windon (color)
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Jared Sandler (play-by-play), Matt Pocket (color) and Adam Jaksa (host)
Live Stats: BallStateSports.com | Twitter: @CMUWBBall | Facebook: /CMUWBBall
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||3||Jessica Green||5-10||Jr.||26-23||11.4||2.6||4.0 APG|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-10||Jr.||26-26||7.9||4.1||56 3FGM|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-0||Jr.||25-16||19.7||11.8||4.3 APG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Sr.||26-26||13.7||1.9||87 3FGM|
|F||32||Jas'Mine Bracey||6-2||Jr.||26-26||11.5||10.1||0.8 BPG|
CMU Hoops Quick Hitters
• CMU has already clinched its first MAC West title in program history and is guaranteed a top-3 seed in the MAC Tournament.
• Crystal Bradford was named MAC West Player of the Week for a conference-record seventh time this season on Monday.
• The Chippewas need just two wins over their last four games to secure a triple bye to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament.
• Junior Jessica Green needs just 14 points to reach 1,000 for her career.
How the West Was Won
With four games remaining in the regular season, CMU has already clinched its first MAC West division title in program history. The Chippewas are 13-1 in conference play and have outscored their opponents by 14.6 points per game. CMU is already guaranteed a top-3 seed at the MAC Tournament and can secure a triple bye to the semifinals with two wins in the final four contests.
Lucky Number Seven
Junior Crystal Bradford was named the MAC West Player of the Week for a record seventh time on Monday, extending her career conference record to 14. Bradford posted a pair of double-doubles last week, including 29 points and 10 boards in the Chippewas’ division-clinching win over NIU.
In the Last Meeting versus Ball State...
...CMU stormed back from down 19 in the second half to force overtime and eventually pull off an 84-81 road win. Bradford scored 24 of her game-high 26 points in the second half in overtime, adding 15 rebounds and 10 assists to become the first player in MAC history to record multiple triple-doubles in a season and a career.
Junior Jas’Mine Bracey has joined her classmate Crystal Bradford as a double-double machine, posting at least 10 points and 10 boards in seven of the last nine games and a total of 11 times this season. Bradford and Bracey are the only two players in the league averaging double figures in points and rebounds and are also the only two players in the league with at least 10 double-doubles.
Beyond the Arc
Senior Niki DiGuilio is the program leader with 275 career three-point field goals and is now just five triples shy of setting the CMU single season record set by Angel Chan (2008-09). Chan made 92 that season and DiGuilio is already second on the single-season list with 87 this season.
Junior Crystal Bradford is one of just two players in the country currently leading her team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game. Only seven other players lead their team in four of the five statistical categories.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Both of CMU’s games will be on Time Warner Cable Sports this week. The Chippewas are 4-1 this season in TV games and are a perfect 4-0 this season on TWCS. Mike Cairns (play-by-play) and Jacki Windon (color commentary) will be the talent for both games versus Ball State and Toledo.
Junior Jessica Green needs just 24 points to become the fourth player this season to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Green currently has 977 career points and should she reach 1,000 career points, CMU would become just the 12th program in NCAA history to feature four 1,000-point
Teams with four 1,000-point scorers in NCAA history
Navy (2013-14) - Jade Geif, Alix Membreno, Kara Pollinger, Audrey Bauer
Duke (2013-14) - Tricia Liston, Chelsea Gray, Haley Peters, Elizabeth Williams
Florida State (2012-13) - Alexa Deluzio, Natasha Howard, Chelsea Davis, Chasity Clayton
Connecticut (2012-13) - Bria Hartley, Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kelly Faris
Middle Tennessee St. (2009-10) - Alyshia Clark, Brandi Brown, Chelsia Lymon, Jackie Pickel
Texas A&M (2007-08) - Takia Starks, Danielle Gant, A’Quonesia Franklin, Morenike Atunrase
Bowling Green (2006-07) - Ali Mann, Liz Honegger, Carin Horne, Kate Achter
Georgia (1995-96) - La’Keshia Frett, Tracy Henderson, Kedra Holland-Corn, Saudia Roundtree
Northern Illinois (1988-89) - Lisa Foss, Carol Owens, Tammy Hinchee, Gena Stubbs
Missouri State (2012-13) - Christiana Shorter, Jasmine Malone, Jaleshia Roberson, Casey Garrison
Kansas State (2003-04) - Nicole Ohlde, Kendra Wecker, Meghan Mahoney, Laurie Koehn
Bradford Named to Watch List
The Detroit, Mich., product was one of 16 guards named to the Dawn Staley Award Watch List. The award is given to the top guard in the country that best exemplifies the career of Staley. Skylar Diggans of Notre Dame won the inaugural award last season.
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.
Three-Point Streaks to Watch
The Chippewas have made at least one three-point field goal in all 217 games coached under head coach Sue Guevara. DiGuilio also enters Saturday’s game with streak of 31 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.