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Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Central Michigan sophomore Crystal Bradford averaged 16.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 2.3 steals and 3.7 assists during conference play to earn All-MAC First Team honors for the first time in her career.
Crystal Bradford Named to All-MAC First Team

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan sophomore Crystal Bradford was named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team Friday afternoon, the league office announced.

Bradford led a group of four Chippewas to earn All-MAC honors as sophomore Jessica Green was named to the third team and seniors Jessica Schroll and Brandie Baker each received honorable mention accolades.

The first-team selection for Bradford is the first for the Maroon and Gold since Carla Sterk was named to the first team in 1993. The four selections total is also the most in program history.

Bradford was the only player in the MAC to lead her team in all five major statistical categories during the regular season as she ranked first in rebounding (11.3), third in scoring (16.7) and blocks (1.7), sixth in steals (2.3) and ninth in assists (3.7) during conference play. She was also the only player in the conference to rank in the top 10 in all five categories both overall and in conference-only games.

The Detroit, Mich., native tied for the league lead with 13 double-doubles and posted both the highest scoring (31 points versus Akron) and rebounding (21 rebounds versus Ball State) marks in the MAC this season. Her three-straight MAC West Player of the Week honors from Jan. 7-21 tied a conference record for most consecutive awards. Bradford finished the season with five MAC West Player of the Week honors, just one shy of the most in a single season in conference history.

Green earned third-team honors after being named an All-MAC Freshman Team selection a year ago and was having another strong season before it was cut short due to injury. Green appeared in 25 games prior to the injury and ranked ninth overall in scoring (11.8), fifth in steals (2.2), sixth in field goal percentage (.488) and 15th in assists (2.6). The Belleville, Mich., native took her game to another level during conference play as she led the league in three-point shooting percentage in 12 games (.467).

Baker becomes a three-time All-MAC selection with her honorable mention accolade after averaging 8.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. She ranked fifth in the MAC in blocks per game (1.1) and 11th in assists (3.0), while becoming the first CMU player in program history to record at least 1,200 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists and 150 steals during her career.

Schroll was named to the All-MAC honorable mention squad after joining the Chippewas for the second semester due to NCAA transfer rules. The senior averaged 10.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during conference play, scoring in double figures in nine of 16 games. A native of Midland, Mich., Schroll spent most nights as a defensive stopper, guarding the opposing teams' best player.

The Chippewas finished the regular season 18-11 overall and 12-4 in the MAC to earn the No. 4 seed in the FirstEnergy MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Their quest for a MAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth will begin with a quarterfinal matchup on March 14 at noon. 

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