Central Michigan (16-10, 10-3 MAC) vs. Ball State (13-13, 10-3 MAC)
Thursday, February 28 - 7 p.m. | McGuirk Arena (5,300)
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CMU Hoops Quick Hitters
- The Chippewas will close the home portion of their schedule Thursday night looking to avenge a loss at Ball State on Feb. 7.
- CMU and Ball State are currently tied for second in the MAC at 10-3. The Cardinals have the current tiebreaker with a head-to-head win, but a CMU win would flip-flop the two teams in the MAC Tournament seedings based on record versus ranked conference opponents top to bottom.
- Seniors Brandie Baker, Jalisa Olive and Jessica Schroll, as well as the CMU senior managers, will be recognized following Thursday’s contest.
- A win versus Ball State would...
...give CMU 10-plus home wins for the sixth time in program history.
...even the all-time series versus BSU at 34-34.
...split the season series with the Cardinals.
- CMU’s second-leading scorer Jessica Green will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season due to injury.
- Sophomore Crystal Bradford enters Thursday’s contest leading all MAC players with 11 double- doubles on the season.
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-2||So.||26-17||15.0||9.4||3.2 APG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Jr.||26-16||7.2||1.9||48 3FG|
|F||13||Jessica Schroll||6-0||Sr.||18-15||10.4||4.9||1.7 APG|
|F||32||Jas'Mine Bracey||6-2||So.||25-12||6.4||5.3||.467 FG%|
|G||33||Brandie Baker||6-0||Sr.||26-26||7.7||5.7||2.9 APG|
In the First Meeting...
Central Michigan struggled in the first half and mustered just 18 points and despite a 12-3 second half run never got closer to three points in the second half en route to a 68-61 loss. Senior Brandie Baker scored in double digits for the second straight game, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Down the Stretch
With just three games remaining the regular season, both squads are still jockeying for positioning in next month’s FirstEnergy MAC Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. A CMU victory Thursday would move the Chippewas back into the No. 2 seed, while two wins in the final three games would guarantee at least a first-round bye. CMU can finish as high as No. 2 and as low as No. 6 in the seedings.
Tracking the MAC Tournament
Central Michigan currently sits as the No. 3 seed in next month’s FirstEnergy MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio and would earn a bye to the quarterfinals.
If the MAC Tournament started today: (First round games at campus sites March 9)
- No. 12 Ohio/Kent State* at No. 5 Miami
- No. 11 Ohio/Kent State* at No. 6 Bowling Green
- No. 10 Northern Illinois at No. 7 Buffalo
- No. 9 Western Michigan at No. 8 Eastern Michigan
- Toledo and Ball State would earn double byes to the semifinals as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, while Central Michigan and Akron would earn byes to the quarterfinal round as the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. (*Current tiebreaker would be coin flip)
One Final Time
CMU will play its final home game of the 2012-13 season looking to become just the sixth team in program history to earn 10-plus home wins. The 1983-84 squad holds the program victory for home wins with 12.
Following Thursday’s contest, a special presentation will be held to recognize CMU’s three seniors - Brandie Baker, Jalisa Olive and Jessica Schroll. Student managers Shea Mead and Quentin Davis will also be recognized as a part of the celebration.
One and Only
With her 400th career assist against Miami on Feb. 16, senior Brandie Baker became the first player in program history to score 1,000-plus points, dish out 400-plus assists, pull down 700-plus rebounds and record 150-plus steals.
Short and Sweet
Despite playing in just one season for the Chippewas, senior Jessica Schroll has made an immediate impact for the better. Schroll has scored in double digits in 11 of her 15 games in the Maroon and Gold and has consistently guarded the opponents best offensive player as a shutdown defender.
Senior Jalisa Olive has been a spark plug in the Chippewas’ offense each of the last four seasons, earning MAC Sixth Player of the Year honors in 2012. Olive owns the ninth best scoring mark in program history with a 32-point performance versus North Carolina A&T in 2010 and has continued that scoring prowess this season with seven double-digit efforts.
Sophomore Crystal Bradford continues to make a strong case to earn MAC Player of the Year honors as she currently leads all players with 11 double-doubles this season. Bradford has 22 double-doubles in her first 58 career contests.
Easy as 1,2,3
Junior guard Niki Diguilio knocked down all five of her three-point attempts Sunday versus Toledo, moving into sole possession of third place all time with 173 career treys. DiGuilio passed former Chippewa Angel Chan (2006-09) and now has Molli Munz’s (1999-2002) mark of 191 in her sights.