Central Michigan (9-7, 3-0 MAC) vs. Northern Illinois (5-11, 0-3 MAC)
Saturday, January 19 - 2 p.m. (McGuirk Arena)
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CMU Hoops Quick Hitters
- The Chippewas are seeking their second 4-0 start in MAC play under Guevara.
- CMU is in the midst of a three-game homestand and is 5-2 inside McGuirk Arena in 2012-13.
- Crystal Bradford is averaging 22.0 points, 11.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.8 blocks through the first three conference games.
- Niki DiGuilio ranks eight in the country in three-point field goal percentage (45.8%)
- The Chippewas have won two straight and five of the last six versus Northern Illinois.
- CMU has made 10-plus threes four times this season and is 4-0 when doing so.
- A win over NIU would mark the Chippewas’ longest winning streak of the 2012-13 season.
- Brandie Baker is four points shy of moving into a tie for 15th place all time in scoring.
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|F||3||Jessica Green||5-10||So.||16-13||11.8||3.4||2.5 SPG|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-2||So.||16-8||14.9||9.2||3.1 APG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Jr.||16-6||7.9||1.6||33 3FG|
|F||13||Jessica Schroll||6-2||Sr.||8-5||10.9||3.8||1.1 SPG|
|G||33||Brandie Baker||6-0||Sr.||16-16||6.7||5.8||2.8 APG|
Off and Running
The Chippewas are off to a 3-0 start in MAC play for the third time under coach Sue Guevara and can make it their second 4-0 start in her tenure with a win over Northern Illinois.
Week One of MAC Play in the Books
Picked to finish second in the MAC West, Central Michigan quickly turned the tide by taking down MAC preseason favorite Toledo inside Savage Arena, 73-66. The Chippewas then avenged last season’s MAC Championship loss by taking down the defending MAC Champ Eastern Michigan Eagles inside McGuirk Arena, 77-51. The 2-0 start in MAC play is the second under head coach Sue Guevara.
Chippewas Step Up Defensively
The Chippewas rank 20th in the country in scoring average, but have amped up their defense during the first three games of conference play, limiting their opponents to just 58.3 points per game. Last week, CMU limitied Toledo and Eastern Michigan to a combined 20 points over a stretch of 22-plus minutes.
Heating Up The Hot
The Maroon and Gold averaged 7.6 three-point field goals made per game during the non-conference schedule, but heated up through the first two MAC contests, knocking down eight versus Toledo and 12 versus Eastern Michigan. The Chippewas currently rank 15th in the country with an average of 7.9 three-point field goals made per contest.
CMU Climbs Eight Spots in RPI
With a pair of victories last week, CMU improved its NCAA RPI eight spots to No. 46. The NCAA RPI is key when determining NCAA Tournament selection at the end of the season. Toledo, who ranks No. 37, is the only team in the MAC above CMU.
Filling the Trophy Case
Sophomore Crystal Bradford claimed her second-straight, and fourth overall, MAC West Player of the Week Monday for her outstanding performances versus Toledo and Eastern Michigan. Bradford averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block in the two games, matching a career high with 27 points versus the Rockets.
Sharing is Caring
Central dished out 21 assists versus Eastern Michigan, marking the second time this season that they have recorded 20-plus assists in a contest. Crystal Bradford tied a new career high with seven dimes while Jessica Green matched her career high for the sixth time in her career with six assists.
It’s Good to be Home
The month of January will be a friendly one to the Chippewas as they start conference play with five of their first six games inside McGuirk Arena. CMU is 4-2 at home this season and posts the third best home attendance in the MAC with an average of 1,578 fans per contest.
The Second Squad
CMU’s bench was outscored for the first time this season in Wednesday’s win over Western Michigan, 24-14. The Chippewas still hold a 566-267 advantage over their opponents this season. They have twice scored 50-plus points - 58 versus Robert Morris Dec. 17 and a season-high 59 versus Saint Joseph’s Dec. 20.
Something About MAC Openers...
Sophomore Crystal Bradford put together a repeat performance of her Mid-American Conference debut a year ago, matching a career high with 27 points at Toledo. Last season, Bradford also opened MAC play with 27 points at Northern Illinois.