Courtesy: Jason Kaufman/CMU Athletics
Central Michigan sophomore Crystal Bradford blocks the shot of Bowling Green's Alexis Rogers during Thursday's Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinal matchup at Quicken Loans Arena. Bradford scored 23 points and had four steals in a 81-48 win over the Falcons.
Chippewas "Turnover" Bowling Green in MAC Quarterfinal, 81-48

CLEVELAND - If you blinked you missed it.

The Central Michigan women's basketball team forced a season-high 34 turnovers and went on a 32-3 run in the first half to defeat No. 5 Bowling Green in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Thursday afternoon, 81-48.

The Chippewas (19-11) came out of the gates a bit slow and even went behind by two, 7-5, at the 15:40 mark of the first half, but that marked their only deficit of the game and it didn't last long.

After a layup by sophomore Crystal Bradford tied the game just 13 seconds later, the Chippewas promptly went on to score 32 of the game's next 35 points, holding the Falcons (22-10) to just one field goal over the next 11:05 of the contest. The run gave them a 37-10 lead with 5:37 to play in the first half.

Bradford started the stretch with five-straight points, but it was the Maroon and Gold's defense that fueled the run as they forced 14 turnovers and converted them into 15 points.

Tickets for Friday's noon semifinal game versus Toledo are available inside the arena turnstiles at the CMU table in the MAC Winners Circle (located directly in front of the CAVS team store.) 

Bowling Green freshman Bailey Cairnduff was the only Falcon to knock down a shot during the run as the Falcons went 1-for-11 during the stretch and twice were held without an attempt for stretches longer than two minutes.

The Falcons were able to slightly cut into the CMU lead with a 14-3 run that closed the half as the teams went to the break with the Chippewas in front, 40-24.

The trends continued out of the break for the Chippewas as they forced a turnover on Bowling Green's first possession and went on to outscore the Falcons 23-8 in the first 8:33 of the second half to claim a 31-point advantage, 63-32.

The Chippewas ended the afternoon with 39 points off the 34 BG turnovers and clicked on all cylinders as they knocked down 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) from long range and 17-of-19 (89.5 percent) at the line.

Bradford led the Chippewas with a game-high 23 points and four steals, while senior Brandie Baker scored 14 points and dished out a season-high eight assists. Senior Jessica Schroll chipped in with 10 points.

Senior Jalisa Olive and junior Taylor Johnson each had eight points and four steals.

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