Amherst, Mass. - Senior Niki DiGuilio led six players in double figures with 20 points and the Central Michigan women's basketball program eclipsed the century mark for the first time since 2011 as it opened the regular season with a victory at Massachusetts Sunday afternoon, 105-61.
DiGuilio opened both halves with three-point field goals and knocked down four in the contest en route to her eighth 20-plus point performance of her career. Junior Kerby Tamm scored 10 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds for her first career double-double and fellow junior Jas'Mine Bracey scored 14 points and had 13 rebounds in just 16 minutes for her eighth career double-double.
"We have other players that can step up and score for us, get rebounds for us," head coach Sue Guevara said. "If you look at today, all five starters were in double figures scoring. Two players had double-doubles. I thought it was a total team effort today. We had two kids put on the uniform for the first time and that helps as we get going down the road. It helps us to get our kids time early and create that depth on our roster."
The Chippewas (1-0) started the game on a 9-0 run and and pushed their first-half lead to 23-3 when senior Taylor Johnson hit a jumper on an assist from sophomore Da'Jourie Turner. The Minutewomen (0-2) cut into CMU's lead slightly, but Turner again played helper when she found Tamm for a three with 1:39 to play in the first half to give CMU a 43-26 advantage. The Chippewas led at halftime, 45-28.
CMU held UMass to just 22.2 percent (8-for-36) in the first half while shooting 44.1 percent (15-for-34) and also held a distinct advantage on the glass, 33-17.
DiGuilio opened the second half for the Chippewas the same way she opened the game, knocking down a three-point field goal on an assist from Tamm. The three sparked a 20-9 run which was capped on a wide open layup by junior Jessica Green to give CMU a 65-37 lead with 14:58 to play.
All 11 players in uniform scored for the Chippewas as freshman Jacqueline Simpson assured that feat with a three with 4:10 to play. Redshirt freshman Jewel Cotton, who made her CMU debut with six points and seven rebounds, scored a layup with 3:53 to play to push CMU's lead to 40, 96-56.
The Chippewas went over the century mark on a three by senior Jordan LaDuke, who finished with 14 points off the bench.
Turner scored a career-high 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting in her first career start, while Green appeared in her first game since successful offseason surgery to score 10 points.
CMU will be back in action next Sunday when they travel to Lexington, Ky., to take on No. 7 Kentucky.