Central Michigan (2-3) at No. 14/13 Purdue (6-1)
Sunday, December 2 - 1:30 p.m. (Mackey Arena)
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Big Ten Network: Lise Byington (play-by-play), Mary Murphy t(color) and Rob Blackman (sideline)
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Justin Hoff (play-by-play), Adam Jaksa (color) and Matt Kearney (host)
After proving they can play with the nation’s elite in Thursday night’s 72-63 loss to No. 5 Notre Dame in front of a crowd of 3,879 inside McGuirk Arena, Central Michigan will test itself again Sunday when it takes on No. 14 Purdue in West Lafayette. The game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. Check local provider for listings.
Sophomore Jessica Green led the Chippewas in the loss, recording 19 points, five steals and four assists. Junior Niki DiGuilio continued her hot shooting, knocking down 4-of-5 threes and senior Jalisa Olive came off the bench to score 10 points in 10 minutes.
CMU will look to make it two straight wins againt Purdue, as it defeated the 2011 Boilermakers, then ranked No. 12, last season inside McGuirk Arena, 75-62.
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||3||Jessica Green||5-10||So.||5-5||16.2||5.0||3.0 SPG|
|G||4||Kylie Welch||5-4||Jr.||3-2||1.0||0.0||0.3 APG|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-11||So.||5-2||5.0||1.4||7 3FG|
|G||33||Brandie Baker||6-0||Sr.||5-5||4.0||5.4||3.6 APG|
|F||44||Taylor Johnson||5-11||Jr.||5-3||9.4||6.6||2.2 SPG|
News and Notes
Chippewas to be Tested
Central Michigan has arguably the toughest schedule of any team in the country this week as it is just one of three squads that will take on two ranked opponents. CMU fell to No. 5 Notre Dame Thursday, 72-63, and travels to No. 14 Purdue Sunday. Georgia Tech (at No. 14 Purdue/at No. 8 Georgia) and No. 22 North Carolina (vs. No. 15 Ohio State/at No. 16 Tennessee) will also play two ranked foes this week.
Down the Battle Tested Road
The Chippewas are in the midst of a stretch in which they play five straight contests against opponents that appeared in the NCAA Tournament last season. As a result, CMU’s strength of schedule is currently ranked 14th in the country by realtimerpi.com.
CMU vs. Ranked Opponents
The Maroon and Gold are just 2-6 versus opponents ranked in the AP top 25 poll poll under head coach Sue Guevara, but have defeated ranked opponent in two of the last three seasons. CMU defeated No. 23 Louisville in 2009, 84-75, and No. 12 Purdue last season, 75-62.
- 12/30/05 #10 Michigan State (A) L, 50-75
- 11/20/07 #23 Notre Dame (H) L, 41-94
- 12/29/08 #10 Louisville (A) L, 72-95
- 11/13/09 #17 DePaul (A) L, 76-86
- 12/02/09 #23 Louisville (H) W, 84-75
- 12/28/09 #17 Texas (N) L, 83-94
- 11/21/10 #22 Iowa (A) L, 79-90
- 12/11/11 #12 Purdue (H) W, 75-62
- 11/29/12 #5 Notre Dame (H) L, 72-63
CMU in its Last Two Wins vs. Ranked Opponents...
... erased first-half deficits
... held opponents to under 41-percent (Purdue: 40.3; Louisville: 33.3)
... outscored opponents by an average of 21.5 points in the second half
... shot better than 50 percent in the second half
... held the advantage in second chance points
Opponents in the Rankings
Three of Central Michigan’s non-conference opponents are currently ranked in the top 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. Defending national runner-up Notre Dame (5 AP/5 Coaches) visited CMU Thursday, while the Chippewas will travel to Purdue (14 AP/13 Coaches) Sunday. Texas, who the Chippewas could see depending on results at the Surf N’ Turf Classic in San Diego, also is among the top 25 teams in both polls, coming in at No. 13 and No. 18, respectively.
Sophomore guard Crystal Bradford tied her career high with five blocks Thursday versus No. 5 Notre Dame, moving her into seventh place all time with 72 career blocks. Bradford has already become one of the most prolific shot blockers in school history through just 35 career games. She entered the week tied for 31st in the country in blocks per game.
MAC West Player of the Week
Bradford earned her third career MAC West Player of the Week honor Monday after helping CMU defeat South Dakota State last Friday with 21 points, seven rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists. Bradford recorded her seventh career 20-plus point effort with an efficient 9-of-11 shooting from the field.
Chippewas Showing Off Depth
Eight players enter Sunday’s game averaging at least 10 minutes per game for the Cippewas as they have showed off their depth through the first five games of the season. The CMU bench has outscored its opponent in each game this season and holds a 144-80 overall advantage. CMU outscored Notre Dame’s bench Thursday night, 34-19.