Central Michigan (2-4) vs. Green Bay (5-1)
Wednesday, December 5 - Noon (McGuirk Arena)
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Justin Hoff (play-by-play), David Lyden (color) and Matt Kearney (host)
Central Michigan will wrap up a treacherous stretch Wednesday when it plays its fifth-straight game versus an opponent that qualified in the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Chippewas started the stretch at Green Bay on November 17 and will wrap up their rare in-season home-and-home series with the Phoenix when the two teams tip off at noon inside McGuirk Arena.
The game will be played in front of nearly 2,500 students from surrounding elementary and high schools as the schools have raising non-perishable food items and money in an effort to help those in need.
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||3||Jessica Green||5-10||So.||6-6||16.0||4.7||2.7 SPG|
|G||4||Kylie Welch||5-4||Jr.||4-3||0.8||0.0||0.25 APG|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-11||So.||6-3||4.2||1.3||7 3FG|
|G||33||Brandie Baker||6-0||Sr.||6-6||5.2||5.0||3.5 APG|
|F||44||Taylor Johnson||5-11||Jr.||6-4||7.8||6.0||1.8 SPG|
News and Notes
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.
Hoops for Hunger
Wednesday’s noon contest is a part of the third annual ‘Hoops for Hunger’ game and contest with local schools. Nearly 2,500 students from the surrounding area will be in attendance to cheer on the Chippewas. The students have been raising non-perishable food items and money in an effort to help families in need. The program has helped nearly 93,000 pounds in food over the last two years and will go over the 100,000 food mark Wednesday.
CMU’s Non-Conference Schedule on of Toughest in Country
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 second in the country by realtimerpi.com.
Chippewas Showing Off Depth
Eight players enter Wednesday’s game averaging at least 10 minutes per game for the Chippewas 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 199-105 overall advantage. CMU outscored Purdue’s bench Sunday, 45-25.
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 last Thursday, while the Chippewas traveled 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. 12 and No. 16, respectively.
CMU vs. Ranked Opponents
The Maroon and Gold are just 2-7 versus opponents ranked in the AP top 25 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.
Date Opponent Result
- 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
- 12/2/12 #14 Purdue (A) L, 71-87
Sophomore guard Crystal Bradford tied her career high with five blocks last Thursday versus No. 5 Notre Dame, and currently ranks seventh all time with 73 career blocks. Bradford has already become one of the most prolific shot blockers in school history through just 36 career games and with eight blocks will pass former CMU standout Kaihla Szunko for sixth in program history.
Chippewas Ready to Add Schroll to Lineup
Wednesday will mark the final game the Chippewas play without senior forward Jessica Schroll. The Midland, Mich., native transferred from Iowa State after starting the first 10 games last season where she averaged 6.9 points per game on 47.5 percent shooting. Schroll regularly guarded the opponents best offensive player while with the Cyclones and will add a key defensive element to the Maroon and Gold lineup when she makes her CMU debut versus Robert Morris on Dec. 17.