Central Michigan (11-7, 5-0 MAC) vs. Akron (12-5, 3-2 MAC)
Saturday, January 26 - 2 p.m.
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CMU Hoops Quick Hitters
- The Chippewas are off to their third 5-0 start in MAC play in program history and the first since the 1987-88 season.
- CMU is the only remaining undefeated team in Mid-American Conference play.
- During its’ five-game win streak, Central Michigan has outscored its opponents by an average of 20.6 points per game.
- The five-game winning streak is the longest of the season for the Chippewas. CMU won seven straight during a stretch last season.
- The Chippewas and Zips feature the two highest scoring offenses in MAC play. CMU leads the way scoring 76.4 points per game and Akron is just behind scoring 75.8 points per game.
- CMU features the two top three-point shooters during MAC play in sophomores Kerby Tamm (.625) and Jessica Green (.538).
- CMU has won 9 of the last 12 meetings over the Zips, but dropped a 97-84 decision in Akron last season.
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|F||3||Jessica Green||5-10||So.||18-15||11.7||3.6||2.3 SPG|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-2||So.||18-10||14.6||9.7||3.4 APG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Jr.||18-8||7.3||1.6||34 3FG|
|F||13||Jessica Schroll||6-0||Sr.||10-7||10.7||3.5||1.1 SPG|
|G||33||Brandie Baker||6-0||Sr.||18-18||6.8||5.4||2.7 APG|
Easy as 1, 2, 3...
Sophomore Crystal Bradford earned her third-straight MAC West Player of the Week award Monday, becoming just the second player in conference history to earn three straight. Bradford has earned the award five times this season and is just one shy of the conference record. No player in the MAC has ever won four consecutive player of the week awards.
Player of the Year?
Bradford has made a strong case that she is the early front runner for MAC player of the Year as she enters Saturday leading all players in conference play in scoring (18.0) and rebounding (12.6), is second in assists (5.6) and tied for fourth in steals (2.6) and blocks (1.7). She is also tied for fifth in three-point field goals per game (2.0) and eighth in free throw percentage (.769).
CMU 5-0 For First Time in 25 Years
Central Michigan is off to its first 4-0 start in Mid-American Conference play since 1988 when it started conference play 6-0. CMU has started 5-0 in MAC play just three times in program history, including in 1983-84 when it went a perfect 18-0.
Part of CMU’s 5-0 start can be credited to its’ defense as it has held its last four opponents under 60 points. The streak marks just the fourth in the program history as a Division I institution and the first under head coach Sue Guevara. The record for most consecutive opponents under 60 points is seven during the 2005-06 season.
Cleaning Up The Glass
The Chippewas pulled down a season-high 54 rebounds versus Ohio on Wednesday, limiting the Bobcats to just 28.8 percent shooting from the floor. All but two of CMU’s 13 players grabbed at least one rebound in the contest. The Chippewas are 9-1 this season when outrebounding their opponent.
Back on Track
After scoring just eight points in her previous three contests, junior Taylor Johnson has poured in 38 in the last two games. Johnson scored a career-high 25 points on a near perfect 9-of-10 shooting versus NIU last Saturday and led CMU with 13 points Wednesday at Ohio. The shooting effort versus the Huskies tied the third best percentage in program history and marked just the fourth time that a CMU player shot 90 percent or better in a game with a minimum of eight made attempts.
Making Their Case
Despite not being ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, the Chippewas continue to make a strong case to be included. As of Jan. 20:
- No team had a tougher strength of schedule than CMU (No. 13)
- Just eight teams in the top 25 had a higher NCAA RPI
- Only one team has more wins versus the top 25 mid majors (Gonzaga)
- CMU has wins versus No. 3 Toledo, No. 4 Green Bay and No. 17 South Dakota State
- Only one team in the top 25 had played more games versus opponents ranked in the top 25 nationally (Marist)
- CMU defeated No. 20/21 Texas at the Surf N’ Slam Classic Dec. 29
Handle with Care
Central Michigan committed a season-low seven turnovers last Saturday, while converting 15 NIU turnovers into 17 points. The seven total turnovers matched the fewest during Guevara’s tenure and were the fewest since CMU committed just six turnovers at Dayton on Dec. 30, 2007.