Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Central Michigan senior Jalisa Olive drives to the basket versus Ball State on Feb. 28 inside McGuirk Arena. Olive will look to help the Chippewas secure a bye to the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament with a win at Eastern Michigan Wednesday night.
Game Notes: CMU Looks to Lock Tourney Bye at Eastern Michigan

Central Michigan (17-11, 11-4 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (8-20, 6-9 MAC)
Wednesday, March 6 - 7 p.m. | Ypsilanti, Mich. | Convocation Center

Broadcast Information
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Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Justin Hoff (play-by-play), Collin Hinman (color) and Matt Kearney (host)
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CMU Hoops Quick Hitters

  • CMU will look for a season sweep of their in-state foe Eastern Michigan after earning a 77-51 victory in McGuirk Arena on Jan. 13.
  • A win over the Eagles would secure a first-round a double bye for the Chippewas into the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament.
  • A win plus an Akron loss at Buffalo would secure CMU the No. 3 seed. 
  • CMU is just three wins shy of 20 on the season. A 20-win campaign would mark the first time in program the Chippewas accomplished the feat in three-straight seasons.
  • Sophomore Crystal Bradford currently leads the Chippewas in all five major statistical categories - points (425), rebounds (275), assists (89), steals (59) and blocks (48).
  • Sophomore Jessica Green will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season due to injury.
  • CMU has won seven of the last 10 meetings in the series.

Probable Starters (Based on previous game)
            Name       Ht.       Yr.       GP-GS       PPG       RPG       Other
G   12       Kerby Tamm       5-10       So.       27-10       3.6    
1.1       .421 3FG%
F   13       Jessica Schroll       6-0       Sr.       20-17       10.4
    4.7       1.7 APG
G   23       Crystal Bradford       6-2       So.       28-19       15.2       9.8       3.2 APG
G   24       Niki DiGuilio       5-8       Jr.       28-18       7.2       2.0       51 3FG
G   33       Brandie Baker       6-0       Sr.       28-28       8.1       5.7       3.0 APG

In the First Meeting...
Sophomore Crystal Bradford flirted with a triple-double and Central Michigan dominated defending Mid-American Conference champion Eastern Michigan from start to finish in a convincing 77-51 victory. Bradford finished with a team-high 13 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, chipping in two blocks and four steals on the defensive end. 

All Roads Lead to Cleveland
A win Wednesday at Eastern Michigan will guarantee a trip to Quicken Loans Arena and the FirstEnergy MAC Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio March 13-16. The Chippewas currently are slotted as the No. 3 seed and can finish in seeds 3-5. 

Tournament Scenarios
• CMU wins, Akron wins and Ball State loses: Akron #2, Ball State #3, CMU #4
• CMU wins, Akron wins and Ball State wins: Ball State #2, CMU #3, Akron #4
• CMU loses, Akron wins, Bowling Green wins and Ball State loses: Akron #2, Ball State #3, Bowling Green #4, CMU #5
• CMU loses, Akron loses and Bowling Green wins = Ball State #2, Bowling Green #3, CMU #4 and Akron #5

If the Tournament Started Today
(First round games at campus sites March 9)
• No. 12 Ohio/Kent State* at No. 5 Bowling Green
• No. 11 Ohio/Kent State* at No. 6 Miami
• 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)

When Taylor Johnson Sees Red
After going 9-for-10 from the field for a career-high 25 points versus Northern Illinois earlier this season, junior Taylor Johnson put on another shooting clinic Sunday versus the Huskies by finishing a perfect 4-for-4 for 11 points in just 15 minutes off the bench. Johnson finished 13-for-14 in the two games versus NIU this season, averaging 18.0 per contest. 

Bradford put herself in special company versus Ball State on Feb. 28, 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.

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.

Double-Double Dandy
Bradford continues to make a strong case to earn MAC Player of the Year honors as she currently leads all players with 12 double-doubles this season. Bradford has 23 double-doubles in her first 58 career contests.