Central Michigan (16-10, 10-3 MAC) at Northern Illinois (7-20, 2-12 MAC)
Sunday, March 3 - 4 p.m. | DeKalb, Ill. | Convocation Center
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Justin Hoff (play-by-play), Jim Costa (color) and Shawn Boseak (host)
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CMU Hoops Quick Hitters
- CMU has won each of the last three meetings versus the Huskies by an average of 23 points.
- Sophomore Crystal Bradford became just the third player in program history to record at least 20 rebound with her 21-board performance versus Ball State.
- The Chippewas currently are slotted as the No. 3 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament. CMU can climb as high as No. 2 and fall as low as No. 6.
- Junior Taylor Johnson scored a career-high 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting in the teams’ first meeting earlier this season.
- Sophomore guard Jessica Green will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season due to injury.
- Senior Jalisa Olive scored 13 points in a career- high 31 minutes off the bench Thursday vs. Ball State.
- Head Coach Sue Guevara is just eight wins shy of 100 as the coach of the Chippewas.
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-10||So.||26-9||3.7||1.1||.433 3FG%|
|F||13||Jessica Schroll||6-0||Sr.||19-16||10.3||4.7||1.7 APG|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-2||So.||27-18||15.2||9.9||3.2 APG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Jr.||27-17||6.9||1.9||48 3FG|
|G||33||Brandie Baker||6-0||Sr.||27-27||7.7||5.8||2.9 APG|
In the First Meeting...
Junior Taylor Johnson scored a career-high 25 points and Central Michigan held Northern Illinois to just 19 second-half points. The Huskies shot a blistering 61.5 percent in the first half, but were limited to just eight field goals in the final 20 minutes outscored its opponent in the second half by 23 points.
Sophomore Crystal Bradford put herself in special company Thursday, becoming just the third player in program history to record at least 20 rebounds. Bradford finished the night with 21 boards, the second best total in single-game history, while also scoring 20 points for her 12th double-double of the season.
More Stamps in the Record Book
Bradford also continued her climb of the career record list for blocked shots Thursday, moving into sole possession of second play with 105 blocks. The sophomore became the fastest player in program history to 100 blocks at Miami. She is also just 14 blocks shy of setting a new single-season record.
A Bump in the Road
Despite dropping their last two contest and four of their last seven, CMU can still receive a double-bye to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament. A pair of CMU wins and losses by Ball State would allow CMU to move up one spot to No. 2 overall in the conference. The Chippewas can fall as low as No. 6.
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)
Each Game Counts
The Chippewas can guarantee a trip to Quick Loans Arena in Cleveland with a pair of road games to close the regular season at NIU and Eastern Michigan. Two wins would guarantee CMU the No. 3 seed in the tournament. CMU and Akron have identical records at 10-4 in the MAC entering Sunday’s contest, but the Chippewas hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Zips.
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 season and it was evident as ever when she came off the bench to score 13 points Thursday night. Olive knocked down three-straight treys in the second half and went on to play a career-high 31 minutes versus the Cardinals.