Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Central Michigan junior Crystal Bradford tied the Mid-American Conference record with her 12th career MAC West Player of the Week honor, earning the award for the third consecutive week and fifth time this season Monday.
Bradford did something no player in CMU history had ever done to cap off yet another superb week on the hardwood, scoring 13 points, pulling down 15 rebounds, recording a career-high eight steals, blocking a program record seven shots and dishing out five assists.
The effort helped the Chippewas improve to 5-0 in league play with a dramatic come-from-behind overtime victory over Bowling Green, 82-79. She moved into the top 10 all time at CMU in career rebounds and career steals in the process.
Bradford began the week by torching Northern Illinois with 27 points, 15 rebounds, five steals, three blocks and three assists. She finished the week averaging 20.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, 6.5 steals, 5.0 blocks and 4.0 assists per game, recording a double-double in each of CMU's two contests.
She has recorded 15-plus rebounds in three straight and a total of five times this season and leads the MAC and ranks 16th nationally with 11 double-doubles on the year.
Through three weeks of conference play, Bradford ranks first in league play in rebounds (14.2), assists (5.6) and steals (3.6), second in scoring (19.6) and blocks (2.4) and fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
With the honor, Bradford ties former Bowling Green standout Lauren Prochaska for the most player of the week honors in conference history.
CMU will look for a 6-0 MAC start on Wednesday when it travels to Kent, Ohio to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.