Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Senior Niki DiGuilio led CMU with 15 points Wednesday night, but the Chippewas were unable to protect their perfect MAC record, falling to Bowling Green, 67-55.
Chippewas Suffer First MAC Loss, Fall to Bowling Green, 67-55

Bowling Green, Ohio - Central Michigan suffered its first Mid-American Conference loss of the season at the hands of Bowling Green Wednesday night, 67-55. 

The loss snaps the Chippewas' (16-9, 12-1 MAC) second-longest winning streak in program history at 12 and moves the Falcons (22-3, 12-1 MAC) into a tie for first place in the conference. Both teams lead their respective divisions. 

The Chippewas trailed by just three at halftime, 29-26, but were outscored 26-9 over the first 12:35 of the second half in which the Falcons pulled away. 

A steal and fastbreak layup by junior Jessica Green pulled the Maroon and Gold within a point, 29-28, to open the second half, but the Falcons responded with six-straight to force a timeout by head coach Sue Guevara at the 18:06 mark. 

Green found Bracey for a lay in out of the break, but the Chippewas were held without a field goal for the next six minutes until the two hooked up again at the 11:57 mark.

After a layup by Alexis Rogers gave the Falcons a 12-point lead with 11:35 to play, 46-34, the BGSU forward was whistled for a deadball technical with 10:05 to play. Unfortunately, CMU hit just one of the two free throws and turnoved it over on the next possession. 

Miriam Justinger and Jillian Halfhill hit back-to-back threes for the Falcons as the Chippewas faced their largest deficit of the game, 52-35, but they didn't go away without a fight. 

A layup by sophomore Da'Jourie Turner with 7:19 to play sparked the Chippewas and after a block by Bradford at the other end, senior Niki DiGuilio hit a three to pull CMU within 54-40, forcing a BGSU timeout. 

A pair of free throws by Green, another defensive stop and jumper by Green cut the deficit to 10 with 5:36 to go, 56-46, but the Chippewas were never able to cut it to single digits. 

CMU attempted to extend the game with a full court press and fouls, but Halfhill was able to seal the victory by going 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch. 

DiGuilio led all CMU players with 15 points while Bradford finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Bracey chipped in with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting. 

Halfhill led the Falcons with a game-high 18 points, while Jill Stein had 12 points and 10 rebounds. 

The Chippewas shot just 31.8 percent (21-for-66) from the floor and a season-low 14.3 percent (3-for-21) from beyond the arc. BGSU finished the game shooting 44.4% (25-for-54), including 31.6% (6-for-19) from three. 

CMU is back in action this Saturday when it travels to Northern Illinois to take on the Huskies at 8 p.m. EST. 

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