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Central Michigan (8-8, 4-0 MAC) vs. Bowling Green (14-2, 4-0 MAC)
Saturday, January 18 | 12 p.m.
Mount Pleasant, Mich. | McGuirk Arena
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Jared Sandler (play-by-play), David Lyden (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.||16-14||11.7||3.0||4.1 APG|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-10||Jr.||16-16||6.8||3.9||28 3FGM|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-0||Jr.||15-6||20.5||11.3||3.7 APG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Sr.||16-16||13.9||1.6||54 3FGM|
|F||32||Jas'Mine Bracey||6-2||Jr.||16-16||10.3||9.7||0.9 BPG|
CMU Hoops Quick Hitterst
• CMU is looking for its second-straight 5-0 start in league play. The Chippewas started 7-0 last season before dropping a road contest to the Falcons.
• Junior Crystal Bradford has posted five-straight double-doubles. She currently leads all players in league play in rebounding and assists and ranks second in scoring.
• CMU has claimed the last two postseason contests over the Falcons, but have not won a regular-season meeting since 2010.
• The Chippewas are 4-0 inside the friendly confines of McGuirk Arena.
• CMU’s league-best offense will square off versus the top defense in the MAC Saturday. The Chippewas average 83.1 point per game, while the Falcons have given up just 56.1 points per game.
Junior Crystal Bradford has posted five-straight double-doubles and a league-best 10 entering Saturday’s contest. Bradford has scored in double figures in 14 of her 15 contests and has topped 20 points eight times. She leads MAC play in rebounding (14.0) and assists (5.8), ranks second in scoring (21.3), is fourth in blocks (1.4) and fifth in steals (2.4).
The Crystal Bradford Award
If Bradford continues to win MAC West Player of the Week awards, the league might have to consider renaming the award. Bradford has won the award in back-to-back weeks and four times this season. She has now earned the award 11 times, more than any other active player in the MAC. Bradford is just one shy of former BGSU star Lauren Prochaska’s record of 12 Player of the Week awards.
The Chippewas are off to their second-straight 4-0 start in conference play and are doing so in dominant fashion, defeating opponents by an average margin of 14.5 points. CMU has scored at least 82 points in three games, including 109 in a 26-point blowout of MAC East favorite Akron last Thursday, 109-83.
Bracey is a Beast
Junior Jas'Mine Bracey continued her stellar junior campaign last week, matching her career high with 21 points while pulling down 16 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Bracey averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in CMU’s two wins, shooting 81 percent (17-for-21) from the floor. Bracey picked things up Wednesday with 10 points and 14 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.
With Bradford and DiGuilio now a part of the 1,000-point club at CMU, senior Taylor Johnson (995) and junior Jessica Green (877) haver their sights set on the mark. CMU has had 23 players reach the mark in program history, with seven of them coming under the Guevara tenure. Should Johnson and Green join the club, CMU would become just the eighth program in NCAA history to feature four 1,000 point scorers on the same roster.
CB23 Puts Up First Triple Double
Junior Crystal Bradford posted the fourth triple-double in program history Sunday with 19 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists. Bradford joined CMU greats Carla Sterk, Kaihla Szunko and Brandie Baker as the only other players to accomplish the feat.
Seven different players scored in double figures as the Chippewas scored a season-high 109 points in their win at Akron. It marked the second time this season CMU has scored 100-plus points and the 16th time in program history.
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 242 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 207 games coached under head coach Sue Guevara. DiGuilio also enters Saturday’s game with streak of 21 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.