Kent, Ohio - The Central Michigan women's basketball squad handled Kent State with ease to improve to 6-0 in Mid-American Conference play Wednesday night, 87-53.
The Chippewas (10-8, 6-0 MAC) shot 48.4 percent (31-for-64) from the floor, including 40.0 percent (12-for-30) from beyond the arc, while limiting the Golden Flashes (3-14, 0-6 MAC) to 20-for-54 shooting.
Junior Crystal Bradford scored a team-high 21 points and had 5 steals to lead three players in double figures. Fellow classmate Kerby Tamm went 4-for-7 from beyond the arc to score 12 points and sophomore Da'Jourie Turner notched double figures for the second-straight game with 10 points.
The Golden Flashes took an early 6-2 lead at the 16:29 mark of the first half as the Chippewas came out of the gates a little sluggish, but Bradford scored eight-straight over the next minute and a half to put the Chippewas in front, 10-8.
The Chippewas used an 11-0 run to extend their lead to 25-10 with 11:30 to play in the first half and had a lead as large as 26, 39-13, in the first half on Tamm's first triple with 5:21 on the clock.
Kent State cut its' deficit to as little as 14, 39-25, on a layup by Janae Peterson with 2:11 to play in the first half, but senior Niki DiGuilio hit a pair of triples to close the half and give the Chippewas a 45-27 advantage.
CMU started the second half on a quick 5-0 run behind a fastbreak layup by Bradford and trey by junior Jessica Green and never looked back. Bradford would score four straight to extend the lead to 60-34 and the Golden Flashes never cut their deficit below 20 the rest of the way.
DiGuilio and Green both scored nine points for the Chippewas and junior Jas'Mine Bracey had eight points on 4-of-7 shooting. Redshirt freshman Jewel Cotton scored seven points and pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds in 16 minutes of play off the bench.
CMU scored 31 points off 21 Kent State turnovers and held a 36-22 advantage in the paint. The Chippewas also set a new season high with 22 assists, led by a career-high five from DiGuilio.
The Chippewas will look to match their best MAC start under head coach Sue Guevara on Saturday when they travel to rival Western Michigan. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.