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Central Michigan (16-8, 12-0 MAC) at Bowling Green (21-3, 11-1 MAC)
Wednesday, February 19 | 7 p.m.
Mount Pleasant, Mich. | McGuirk Arena (5,300)
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Jared Sandler (play-by-play) and Brad Tunney
Live Stats: BallStateSports.com | Twitter: @CMUWBBall | Facebook: /CMUWBBall
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||3||Jessica Green||5-10||Jr.||24-22||11.6||2.7||4.1 APG|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-10||Jr.||24-24||8.0||4.0||53 3FGM|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-0||Jr.||23-14||19.5||11.8||4.3 APG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Sr.||24-24||13.8||1.7||82 3FGM|
|F||32||Jas'Mine Bracey||6-2||Jr.||24-24||11.5||10.2||0.8 BPG|
CMU Hoops Quick Hitters
• CMU can clinch its first MAC West title in program history with a victory.
• A win would also mark the first three-game winning streak for CMU in the series.
• CMU has claimed three of the last four meetings versus BGSU, but has failed to win a road game in the series since 1995.
• The Chippewas defeated the Falcons in overtime, 82-79. CMU used a 12-1 run in the final 2:30 of regulation to force the extra session.
Battle of Division Leaders
The West Division and East Division leaders will meet for the second time this season Wednesday night in the Stroh Center. CMU handed Bowling Green its only conference loss of the season on Jan. 18 inside McGuirk Arena by erasing a late 11-point deficit with a 12-1 run to end regulation and force overtime. The Chippewas went on to extend the run to 17-1 and held on for an 82-79 win.
Senior sharp shooter Niki DiGuilio was named MAC West Player of the Week for the first time this season on Monday after knocking down 8-of-12 from behind the arc and scoring 24 points in CMU’s 88-47 win over Miami on Feb. 15. DiGuilio is the program’s all-time leading three-point shooter with 270 and currently ranks third in the country with 3.4 three-point field goals per game.
Power of the Bench
Senior Taylor Johnson and sophomore Da’Jourie Turner continue to provide a scoring punch off the bench for the Chippewas. Turner is averaging 7.9 points and shooting 51.9 percent in 16.8 minutes per game off the bench in MAC play, while Johnson has scored 6.6 points and pulled down 5.1 rebounds per MAC contest in 15.3 minutes of play.
A Win over Bowling Green Would...
• Clinch the first MAC West Title in program history.
• Secure the first three-game winning streak for CMU in the series history.
• Move CMU within one game of clinching a top-four seed in the MAC Tournament.
The Crystal Bradford Award
Junior Crystal Bradford matched the single-season MAC record with her sixth Player of the Week honor last while setting the record for most by a player in a career with her 13th.
Bradford Named to Watch List
The Detroit, Mich., product was one of 16 guards named to the Dawn Staley Award Watch List. The award is given to the top guard in the country that best exemplifies the career of Staley. Skylar Diggans of Notre Dame won the inaugural award last season.
Bradford Does It Again
Junior Crystal Bradford recorded her second triple-double of the season at Ball State with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Bradford is the first player in MAC history with multiple triple-doubles in a season and just the 39th player in NCAA history to accomplish the feat.
More on Bradford’s Triple-Double Accolades
• First player in MAC history with multiple triple-doubles in a career
• One of just three players in the country this season with multiple triple-doubles
• Fifth triple-double in program history, tying CMU for fourth all-time in NCAA history
Junior Jessica Green is on pace to score her 1,000th career point this season, needing to average just 4.5 points per game over CMU’s final seven guaranteed games. CMU would be just the 10th program in NCAA history to have four different 1,000-point scorers on the same roster should Green accomplish the feat.
Triple Tamm Time
Junior Kerby Tamm moved into a tie for seventh place all time in CMU history with 112 three-point field goals Saturday versus Miami. Tamm has hit at least two triples in 14 contests this season and ranks behind only teammate Niki DiGuilio in total three-point field goals made during conference play.
30 Years Later
CMU is off to its first 12-0 start in MAC play since the Chippewas went a perfect 18-0 during the 1983-84 season. The 12-game winning streak is the second longest in program history. The 1983-84 squad won a program-record 26 games straight en route to a NCAA Tournament appearance.
Welcome to the Club
Senior Taylor Johnson became the third player this season to join Central Michigan’s 1,000-point club, joining senior Niki DiGuilio and junior Crystal Bradford. This marks the first time in program history that the CMU lineup has featured three 1,000-point scorers in the same season.
Three-Point Streaks to Watch
The Chippewas have made at least one three-point field goal in all 215 games coached under head coach Sue Guevara. DiGuilio also enters Saturday’s game with streak of 29 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.