Central Michigan (4-5) at No. 4/4 Notre Dame (9-0)
Sunday, December 22 | 2 p.m | South Bend, Ind. | Purcell Pavilion
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; David Lyden (play-by-play), Jim Costa (color) and Matt Kearney (host)
Live Stats/Video: UND.com | Twitter: @CMUWBBall | Facebook: /CMUWBBall
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||3||Jessica Green||5-10||Jr.||9-8||10.8||3.0||4.4 APG|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-10||Jr.||9-9||6.2||4.6||17 3FGM|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-0||Jr.||8-3||19.9||10.1||2.6 SPG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Sr.||9-9||15.1||2.2||35 3FGM|
|F||32||Jas'Mine Bracey||6-2||Jr.||8-8||10.6||10.3||1.1 BPG|
Double Doubles for B&B
Juniors Crystal Bradford and Jas’Mine Bracey are the only two players in the Mid-American Conference averaging double-digit rebounds per game and in doing so are each averaging a double-double entering Sunday’s contest. Bradford has recorded four double-doubles this season, while Bracey has accomplished the feat three times.
Bradford on a Tear
Three of Bradford’s four double-doubles have come in consecutive games leading up to Sunday’s matchup versus Notre Dame. Since being limited to nine points and seven rebounds in a win over Xavier on Nov. 30, Bradford is averaging 25 points, 14.6 rebounds and 4.6 steals per game.
CMU has been one of the top shooting three-point teams in the country in 2013 thanks in large part to senior Niki DiGuilio. The senior is fourth in the country with 3.9 three-point field goals per game and has scored in double digits in eight of nine contests this season. DiGuilio has 35 three-point field goals already and has hit at least two in all nine games.
The Chippewas’ lineup features four players scoring in double figures led by Bradford’s 19.9 points per game. CMU has had four players score 10-plus points in five games this season, posting a 4-1 recording in the process.
Led by Crystal Bradford’s career-high seven steals Wednesday, Central Michigan had a season-high 14 steals in its 90-66 win over Prairie View A&M. CMU was 14-5 last season when recording 10-plus steals.
The Last Time They Met...
...Central Michigan was handed a nine-point loss by No. 5 Notre Dame on Nov. 29, 2012 inside McGuirk Arena. All-American Skylar Diggins scored a game-high 25 points, but the Chippewas gave the Irish their toughest test of the early season. CMU pulled within four, 64-60, late in the second half, but five straight by the Irish put the game out of reach with just over a minute to play.