Central Michigan (1-0) at #7/8 Kentucky (3-0)
Sunday, Nov. 17 - 2 p.m. | Lexington, Ky. | Memorial Coliseum
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Jared Sandler (play-by-play) and Matt Pocket (color)
Tv: UK IMG/FSN; Gary Gupton (play-by-play), Christi Thomas (color) and Carl Nathe (sideline)
Live Stats: UKAthletics.com | Twitter: @CMUWBBall | Facebook: /CMUWBBall
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||1||Da'Jourie Turner||5-6||So.||1-1||14.0||2.0||3.0 APG|
|G||3||Jessica Green||5-10||Jr.||1-1||10.0||4.0||3.0 APG|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-10||Jr.||1-1||10.0||14.0||4.0 APG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Sr.||1-1||20.0||2.0||2.0 APG|
|F||32||Jas'Mine Bracey||6-2||Jr.||1-1||14.0||13.0||3.0 BPG|
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Central Michigan was a unanimous choice to win the Mid-American Conference West title and received nine of 12 votes to repeat at the MAC Tournament by the coaches in the leagues’ preseason poll. CMU returns 10 letterwinners and three starters from last season’s MAC Tourney championship squad.
The Chippewas scored the seventh most points in program history in their 105-61 win at UMass last Sunday. The 100-point effort was the 15th in program history and the seventh under head coach Sue Guevara. Six players scored in double figures for the Maroon and Gold, including all five starters.
Juniors Kerby Tamm and Jas’Mine Bracey posted double-doubles in the season opener, becoming the first pair of teammates to accomplish the feat since the 2011-12 season. Tamm posted a career-high 14 rebounds and 10 points for her first career double-double, while Bracey had 14 points and 13 boards for to record her seventh career double-double.
DiGuilio Dials In
Senior Niki DiGuilio scored a game-high 20 points and moved into sole possession of second place on CMU’s career three-point field goal list with four treys in the opener. DiGuilio now has 192 made triples in her career, just 39 shy of breaking the program mark.
Crash the Glass
The Chippewas held a 62-33 advantage on the glass over the Minutewomen, posting the fifth best single-game rebounding effort by a team in program history.
“Re Re” Makes Her Mark
Sophomore Da’Jourie Turner, who appeared in 22 games as a true freshman, made her first career start at UMass, setting new career highs for points (14), made field goals (4) and minutes (26), while matching her career best in assists (3).
Sharing is Caring
Led by senior Kylie Welch’s career-high six assists in just 10 minutes of play, the Chippewas dished out 20 assists as a team. Three different players matched or set career highs in assists in the contest.
Four different players are on pace to join CMU’s 1,000-point club in the 2013-14 season, including seniors Taylor Johnson (897 points) and Niki DiGuilio (857) and juniors Crystal Bradford (986) and Jessica Green (700). CMU has had 21 players reach the 1,000-point mark in program history, with five of them accomplishing the feat under Guevara.