Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Junior forward Jas'Mine Bracey posted her second-straight double-double and sophomore Da'Jourie Turner scored a career-high 15 points as Central Michigan remained perfect in Mid-American Conference play with a win over East Division foe Ohio Sunday afternoon, 80-63.
Bracey scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. The junior's play helped the Chippewas (13-8, 9-0 MAC) hold a 38-28 advantage in the paint and a 41-36 edge on the glass despite being outrebounded in the first half by the Bobcats (8-12, 3-6 MAC).
Turner came off the bench and hit 4-of-7 from the field and 7-of-9 from the charity stripe to set her new career high in 23 minutes of play.
The Chippewas opened the game on a 10-3 run capped on a three by senior guard Niki DiGuilio at the 16:48 mark and extended the lead to ten points, 18-8, on another three by the senior sharp shooter with 15:16 to go in the first half.
The Bobcats responded however with a mini 5-0 run to pull within five after a three by Kat Yelle, but were unable to get any closer the rest of the game. The Chippewas led at the break by eight, 36-28, but head coach Sue Guevara wasn't quite satisfied.
"We have to play we are like the number one team in our conference," Guevara said. "We were uninspired early. Thank goodness for halftime. We got a little more behind us and were able to pull away."
After a three by Kiyanna Black pulled the Bobcats back within five, 38-33, early in the second half, CMU heated up from beyond the arc as DiGuilio sandwhiched a pair of threes around a triple by junior Kerby Tamm to extend the lead back to 10, 47-37, with 16:03 to play.
Junior Jessica Green found Bracey streaking down the floor like an open wide receiver with 11:14 on the clock to push the lead to 58-44 and the junior forward again ran the floor like a pro a minute and a half later to give CMU a 17-point advantage, 65-48.
Turner would score seven of the Chippewas' next nine points to keep the game out of reach, finishing with a fastbreak layup over a pair of defenders with 4:04 to play to give CMU a 74-59 lead.
CMU outrebounded the Bobcats 20-to-13 in the second half in what proved to be the key in extending the lead and winning its' nine consecutive contest.
DiGuilio went 4-for-4 from three to score 14 points for CMU, while Green and junior Crystal Bradford both scored 10 points. CMU is now 9-2 this season when at least four players score in double figures.
CMU is back in action Thursday night when it travels to Muncie, Ind., to take on Ball State at 7 p.m.