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Central Michigan (5-8, 1-0 MAC) at Akron (7-5, 1-0 MAC)
Thursday, January 9 | 7 p.m.
Akron, Ohio | James A. Rhodes Arena
TV: TWSC/Comcast Michigan/ESPN3/ESPN FullCourt; Mike Cairns (PxP) and Jacki Windon (color)
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Jared Sandler (play-by-play), Colin Hinman (color) and Brad Tunney (host)
Live Stats: CMUChippewas.com | Twitter: @CMUWBBall | Facebook: /CMUWBBall
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||3||Jessica Green||5-10||Jr.||13-11||11.5||2.7||4.0 APG|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-10||Jr.||13-13||7.1||4.2||24 3FGM|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Sr.||13-13||14.8||1.7||47 3FGM|
|F||31||Jordan LaDuke||5-11||Sr.||13-3||4.4||2.1||1.1 SPG|
|F||32||Jas'Mine Bracey||6-2||Jr.||13-13||9.1||9.2||0.9 BPG|
CMU Hoops Quick Hitters
• Thursday will mark the first meeting between CMU and Akron since the Chippewas defeated the Zips in the 2013 MAC Tournament title game, 86-68.
• CMU claimed both meetings with the Zips last season, winning by an average of 20.5 points.
• The Chippewas hit 14 three-point field goals Saturday versus Toledo and now rank fifth in the country with 9.5 made treys per contest.
• CMU won its fourth-straight MAC opener Saturday versus Toledo behind Crystal Bradford’s 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, 84-71.
• The Chippewas faced the toughest non-conference schedule in the country according to Jeff Sagarin’s Women’s College Basketball rankings.
Lights, Camera, Action!
The Chippewas will be playing their second of three straight on Time Warner Cable Sports. CMU has a league-high six games on the TWCS this season, including four of their first five conference games. Sunday’s game at Buffalo will also be on TWCS as will the Chippewas’ contest versus Bowling Green on Saturday, Jan. 17.
Three is a Trend
Junior Crystal Bradford earned her third MAC West Player of the Week honor Monday, marking the third-straight week in which a player doning the Maroon and Gold has taken home the award. Bradford nabbed her 10th career Player of the Week honor by averaging 24 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 blocks over the Chippewas’ two contests.
Bradford currently ranks among the nation’s top 50 players in scoring (20.6/30th), rebounding (10.6/35th), steals (2.58/44th) and double doubles (7/27th).
Thursday evening’s contest features two of the top scoring teams in the country as the Chippewas rank 19th at 82.6 points per game and Akron 15th at 83.5 points per game. The Zips’ Rachel Tecca (23.8) and Hanna Luburgh (23.6) are the league’s top two scorers, while Bradford (20.6) ranks third and DiGuilio (14.8) seventh.
The Last Time They Met...
...CMU ran away with a 86-68 victory in the MAC Tournament title game to earn its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1984. The Chippewas earned the victory behind a balanced offensive attack that saw six players score in double figures.
Senior Niki DiGuilio became the leader of men and women at Central Michigan for most three-point field goals made on Saturday, passing former CMU men’s star Robbie Harman’s record of 233. DiGuilio now has 235 triples in her career and is on pace to become just the third player in MAC history to eclipse 300 career triples.