Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
ATHENS, Ohio – Central Michigan overcame a rash of turnovers and missed free throws in the final minute on Wednesday in holding off Ohio, 74-72, in a wild Mid-American Conference women’s basketball game at the Bobcats’ Convocation Center.
The Chippewas remained perfect in MAC play at 11-0. They are 19-3 overall. Ohio, which fell to CMU by 24 points in Mount Pleasant five weeks ago, is 12-10, 6-5.
Presley Hudson scored 22 points to lead CMU, while Tinara Moore had 18 points and Reyna Frost added 16. Hudson made 5 of her 10 3-point field goal attempts. Micaela Kelly and Cassie Breen finished with nine points apiece for the Chippewas.
Frost and Moore grabbed 15 rebounds apiece. It was the 11th double-double of the season for both. Frost added a career-high six assists, and Moore finished with four blocks.
Freshman Cierra Hooks scored 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting for Ohio. Dominique Doseck added 24 points.
CMU outrebounded the Bobcats, 47-34.
The Chippewas committed 22 turnovers, 15 of them Bobcat steals. It was CMU’s third-highest turnover total of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
CMU led by as many as 13 points in the first half, and was up 40-33 at halftime.
A Hooks layup put Ohio in front, 54-53, just 7 seconds into the fourth quarter. Frost triggered a 13-3 CMU run, capped by a Hudson 3-pointer with 5:53 left, to put the Chippewas in front, 66-57.
The Chippewas led 73-66 with under 40 seconds remaining, and then committed three turnovers and missed three consecutive free throws as Ohio drew to 73-72. Ohio’s Katie Barker missed a 3-point try with 9 seconds to play.
Hudson broke the cold spell with a free throw with 6 seconds remaining. Ohio missed a field goal attempt as time expired.
The Chippewas return to McGuirk Arena on Saturday (1 p.m.) to face Toledo in a MAC game. It is the first meeting of the season between the Chippewas and Rockets (15-9, 6-6), who are the defending MAC Tournament champions. Toledo lost at Miami (Ohio), 67-58, on Wednesday.