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Central Michigan (11-8, 7-0 MAC) vs. Eastern Michigan (12-6, 2-5 MAC)
Thursday, January 30 | 7 p.m.
Mount Pleasant, Mich. | McGuirk Arena
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Jared Sandler (play-by-play), Brad Tunney (color) and Matt Kearney (host)
Live Stats: CMUChippewas.com | Twitter: @CMUWBBall | Facebook: /CMUWBBall
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||3||Jessica Green||5-10||Jr.||19-17||12.2||2.9||4.1 APG|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-10||Jr.||19-19||7.6||4.1||39 3FGM|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-0||Jr.||18-9||20.3||11.3||3.1 SPG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Sr.||19-19||14.2||1.6||66 3FGM|
|F||32||Jas'Mine Bracey||6-2||Jr.||19-19||10.2||9.3||0.8 BPG|
CMU Hoops Quick Hitterst
• A win would improve CMU to 8-0 in MAC play, marking its’ best start under Guevara.
• CMU is looking for its third-straight win over in-state foe Eastern Michigan and fourth in the last five meetings.
• All five players scored in double figures for CMU at Western Michigan last Saturday, accounting for 99 of the team’s 113 points.
• A win Thursday would also give CMU its first perfect January since 1983-84. The Chippewas went a perfect 18-0 in MAC play during that season.
They Did What?
Central Michigan matched a program record last Saturday when it scored 68 points in the first half at Western Michigan. The Chippewas went on to eclipse the century mark for the third time this season, matching the third most points in program history with their 113-87 victory.
Starting Five Shine
The Chippewas’ starting five of Green, Tamm, DiGuilio, Bradford and Bracey scored 99 of the team’s 113 points last Saturday as all five players scored in double figures. DiGuilio led the way with a career-high 27 points, while Tamm posted her first career 20-point contest.
Triple Tamm Time
Junior Kerby Tamm continues to lead the Mid-American Conference in three-point field goal percentage, knocking down treys at a clip of 51.6 percent during league play. Tamm matched her career high with six triples at Western Michigan last Saturday and is now just six three-point field goals shy of cracking the top 10 all time.
Keep It In Our Hands
CMU has turned the ball over a season-low nine times in each of the last two games versus Kent State and Western Michigan. CMU enters Thursday’s contest ranked second in the league during conference play with a 1.2 assist/turnover ratio.
Lend a Helping Hand
The Chippewas dished out a season-high 22 assists in their 87-53 victory at Kent State on Thursday, led by senior Niki DiGuilio’s career-high five assists. CMU has dished out at least 20 assists five different times season and are 4-1 when doing so.
CMU is 7-0for the second-straight season, matching the best mark under Guevara. The Chippewas’ current win streak also matches the longest during Guevara’s tenure.
Welcome to the Club
Senior Taylor Johnson became the third player this season to join Central Michigan’s 1,000-point club, joining senior Niki DiGuilio and junior Crystal Bradford. This marks the first time in program history that the CMU lineup has featured three 1,000-point scorers in the same season.
Junior Jessica Green is also on pace to score her 1,000th career point this season, needing to average just 6.5 points per game over CMU’s final 12 guaranteed games. CMU would be just the 10th program in NCAA history to have four different 1,000-point scorers on the same roster should Green accomplish the feat.
Senior Niki DiGuilio became the leader of men and women at Central Michigan for most three-point field goals made versus Toledo, passing former CMU men’s star Robbie Harman’s record of 233. DiGuilio now has 251 triples in her career and is on pace to become just the third player in MAC history to eclipse 300 career triples.
One Night, Two Milestones
Senior Niki DiGuilio reached a pair of milestones in her home state of Ohio on Dec. 30, becoming the program’s all-time leader in three-point field goals and the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 points.
Three-Point Streaks to Watch
The Chippewas have made at least one three-point field goal in all 210 games coached under head coach Sue Guevara. DiGuilio also enters Saturday’s game with streak of 24 consecutive games with at least one made shot from behind the arc.
No team in the country played a non-conference schedule as tough as Central Michigan according to the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s College Basketball Rankings. CMU played three top-25 opponents, while 10 of its’ 12 games were against 2013 postseason teams.
Bradford and Green Preseason All-MAC
Juniors Crystal Bradford and Jessica Green were each named to the Preseason All-MAC West Team as voted by the leagues’ coaches. The tandem returns as the Chippewas’ top two scorers from a season ago and are both on pass to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau in 2013-14.
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Central Michigan was a unanimous choice to win the Mid-American Conference West title and received nine of 12 votes to repeat at the MAC Tournament by the coaches in the leagues’ preseason poll. CMU returns 10 letterwinners and three starters from last season’s MAC Tourney championship squad.