Central Michigan (1-1) at Green Bay (1-0)
Saturday, Nov. 17 - 3 p.m. (Kress Events Center)
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Central Michigan and Green Bay will face off for the first of two games in 18 days against each other when they take the court inside the Kress Events Center Saturday at 3 p.m. The Phoenix will return to CMU on Dec. 5 for the annual Hoops for Hunger game at noon.
The Chippewas are coming off an opening weekend in which they went 1-1 with a win at Bradley, 73-58, on Friday, and a loss at Northwestern, 82-72, Sunday in Evanston, Ill. Head Coach Sue Guevara earned her 200th career win in the Maroon and Gold's victory over the Braves.
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||3||Jessica Green||5-10||So.||2-2||20.0||6.0||3.0 SPG|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-0||So.||2-2||14.0||11.5||4.5 APG|
|G||33||Brandie Baker||6-0||Sr.||2-2||6.5||6.0||2.5 SPG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-10||Jr.||2-2||6.5||1.0||0.5 SPG|
|F||32||Jas'Mine Bracey||6-2||So.||2-1||9.5||6.0||50 FG%|
|*All stats are from 2011-12 season|
News and Notes
Go, Go Green
Sophomore guard Jessica Green earned her first career MAC West Player of the Week honor Monday after averaging 20 points, six rebounds and three steals per game in the Chippewas' opening weekend. Green scored a career-high 25 points behind a career-high 11 field goals Sunday at Northwestern, while also tying her career high with six steals.
Former Michigan Coaches Square Off
CMU head coach and Sue Guevara and Green Bay head coach Kevin Borseth are both former head coaches at the University of Michigan. They are the only two coaches in U of M's history to have records above .500 at the helm of the Wolverines and have a combined 210 wins.
Senior guard Brandie Baker scored nine points in CMU's season opener at Bradley, becoming the 21st player in program history to go over the 1,000-point plateau. Baker enters Saturday's contest ranked 19th in program history with 1,010 points and would finish with 1,315 career points should she continue with her 10.9 points per game average.
Baker Can Dish It Too
The senior guard continues to climb up the all-time assists record list as well, averaging 4.0 assists per game over the first two contests. She now has 340 career helpers, just one shy of moving into a tie with Molli Munz for third place all time. Former Chippewa and current Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant holds the CMU record for assist with 463.
Sixth-year head coach Sue Guevara earned her 200th career win at Bradley. Guevara, who has led the Chippewas to back-to-back 20-plus win seasons and postseason appearances, has recorded 77 wins at the helm of the Chippewas and held a record of 123-82 at the University of Michigan over seven seasons.
Opponents in the Rankings
Three of Central Michigan's non-conference opponents are currently ranked in the top 25 in both the Associated Pree and USA Today Coaches polls. Defending national runner-up Notre Dame (7 AP/6 Coaches) will visit CMU Nov. 29, whilt the Chippewas will travel to Purdue (18 AP/14 Coaches) Dec. 2. Texas, who the Chippewas could see depending on results at the Surf N' Turf Classic in San Diego, also entered both polls this week, coming in at No. 19/No. 24.
Saturday's opponent Green Bay was ranked No. 25 in the preseason coaches' poll but fell out of the rankings this week. The Phoenix are still receiving votes in both polls.
Sophomore Crystal Bradford was in a league of her own in the Mid-American Conference as she was the only player in the conference, and just one of two in the nation (Elena Delle Donne - Delaware), to lead her team in scoring (455/14.7 ppg), rebounds (269/8.4 rpg), steals (69/2.2 spg) and blocks (57/1.8 bpg) last season. The all-freshman team and honorable mention All-MAC selection stepped her game up in the Chippewas MAC Tournament run, setting tournament records for most field goals made (36), field goals attempted (80) and rebounds (53), while averaging 16.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
The Chippewas, who ranked 32nd in the country in scoring last season with 71.1 points per game, return 94.2 percent of their scoring, including their top eight scorers from a year ago. In addition, CMU's top five scorers from last season were all underclassmen and each have at least two years of eligibility remaining. CMU is averaging 73.5 points per game through their first two contests.
Gotta Get to 70
Known for its high-octane offense, Central Michigan has gone 61-36 under Guevara when scoring 70 points or more. In contrast, the Chippewas have gone 16-47 when they fail to hit the 70-point threshold, with eight of the 16 wins coming last season. CMU scored 70-plus points in 19 of its 36 games last season, finishing second in the MAC in points per game. The Chippewas have accomplished the feat in each of their first two games, splitting with Bradley and Northwestern.
Bradford has continued her athletic, blocking ways through two games, moving into eighth place in CMU history already with 63 career blocks.
The Chippewas have had a player score 20-plus points on 106 occasions in head coach Sue Guevara's five-plus seasons (157 games). CMU had just 14 such scoring outputs in its previous 114 games prior to Guevara's tenure. Jessica Green was the first to accomplish the feat this season with her career-high 25 point effort Sunday at Northwestern.
With three three-point field goals in the Chippewas' first two games, junior guard Niki DiGuilioi s now tied for fourth place with Carrie Isanhart (1990-93) with 128 career three-point field goals. Of her 183 career field goals, just under 70 percent of them have come from behind the arc. Next in her sights is Angel Chan, who finished her career with 171 treys from 2006-09.
Living Up to the Hype
After being a part of the No. 43 ranked recruiting class in the country in 2010, Bradford, Green and Bracey lived up to the billing when they became just the second trio of players from one program selected to the MAC All-Freshman Team last season.
Chippewas Add Senior Schroll
Senior forward Jessica Schroll will join the Chippewas rotation following the completion of the first semester. Schroll was added to the program after starting the first 10 games for Iowa State last season where she averaged 6.9 points per game on 47.5 percent shooting.
Chippewas Picked Second in MAC West
Central Michigan received six first-place votes and was picked to finish second in the Mid-American Conference West Division behind preseason favorite Toledo (24 first place votes). The Rockets were also picked to win the MAC Tournament, receiving 18 votes to the Chippewas' 12.
Bradford Named Preseason All-MAC
An All-MAC honorable mention and All-Freshman Team selection a year ago, sophomore Crystal Bradford was named to the preseason All-MAC team. Bradford was joined by Naama Shafir, Andola Dortch and Yolanda Richardson of Toledo, as well as Natachia Watkins of Eastern Michigan.
Back-to-Back WNIT Appearances
Central Michigan has won 20-plus games each of the past two seasons to qualify for the Women's National Invitational Tournament. The back-to-back postseason appearances by the Chippewas marked the first time the feat had been accomplished since 1983-84 when CMU made back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.
Guevara Inks Bendle Star Jacqueline Simpson
CMU signed yet another high-profile Michigan recruit in the early signing period, inking Bendle High School star Jacqueline Simpson to a National Letter of Intent. Simpson (Burton, Mich./Bendle HS) averaged 16.6 points per game during her junior season with the Tigers, but gained national attention on the AAU circuit with the Michigan Mystics. She was named Genesee Area-Blue First-Team All-League following the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons and was a second-team selection her sophomore year.