Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
ROCHESTER, Mich – Three Chippewas scored 20-plus points and all five starters scored in double figures on Sunday as the CMU women’s basketball team posted a 103-85 nonconference victory over Oakland at the Grizzlies’ O’rena.
It was CMU’s sixth consecutive win and its fourth straight against Oakland. Central Michigan, 6-1, is scheduled to play the second of four consecutive road games on Thursday (8 p.m.) at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (3-2).
Tinara Moore led CMU with 28 points and 11 rebounds as the Chippewas posted a season high in points. Presley Hudson and Micaela Kelly added 27 and 20 points respectively, for the Chippewas, while Reyna Frost finished with 14 points and 10 boards, and Cassie Breen added 11 points.
It was the fourth double-double of the year for both Moore and Frost, a career best for Kelly, a freshman, and Hudson tied her season high in scoring output. Hudson also had a season-high seven assists and Kelly made four steals, also a season high.
“Kudos to our kids,” CMU coach Sue Guevara said. “This team knows how to score. It was a defensive battle because both teams can go up and down and shoot it.”
The Chippewas secured a 54-42 halftime lead when Hudson beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer. The Grizzlies, however, came back in the third quarter, during which they outscored the Chippewas, 29-22, and Oakland eventually tied the game, 76-76, on a Taylor Gleason jumper with 7:37 to play.
Kelly hit a bucket 16 seconds later to give CMU the lead and ignite a 19-4 spurt that swung the game in the Chippewas’ favor for good. CMU outscored the Grizzlies, 27-14, in the fourth quarter.
“We withstood the run that they had,” Guevara said. “They punched us in the gut, but we didn’t panic and kept composure.”
It marked the 20th time CMU hit 100 points in program history. They hit the century mark four times last season.
Cierra Bond led Oakland with 18 points while Taylor Jones and Gleason added 14 apiece.
Central Michigan finished a season-best 58.1 percent (36-of-62) from field goal range and made 9-of-21 attempts (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc. The Chippewas, who entered the game ranked second in the nation in free throw shooting percentage, made 22 of their 24 attempts (91.7 percent) from the charity stripe.