Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The Central Michigan women's basketball program will celebrate its golden anniversary with a full slate of activities scheduled for Oct. 13-14 to coincide with homecoming.
"I am looking forward to our 50th celebrations of women's basketball here at Central Michigan," head coach Sue Guevara said. "It is my hope we get members of all 50 teams back to enjoy one another, celebrate our history and meet team 50."
Women's basketball was first played on campus just after the turn of the century -- the 20th century. Dubbed the "Normal Girls," in line with the CMU's name at the time, Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute took a 24-13 win from the Midland High School girls in late winter, 1905.
The program's official start came in 1967-68, but the earliest archives were from the 1969-70 season, when the Chippewas played a five-game schedule under coach Fran Koenig.
Today, the CMU women play under the bright lights and in front of large crowds at McGuirk Arena, just as their male counterparts do, just as women's teams across the country do.
Scores of women have donned the maroon and gold with pride in the five decades since the beginning, and they will celebrate when the weekend kicks off on Friday, Oct. 13, with the CMU Alumni Dinner from 6-8 p.m. at the John G. Kulhavi Events Center. The evening includes a program and a tour of the facilities.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, CMU coach Sue Guevara will host a coffee reception in the upper lounge area at McGuirk Arena from 9:30-10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., Guevara will unveil the 2017-18 Chippewas, also known as Team 50, during its Maroon and Gold Scrimmage at McGuirk Arena.
It will be the first opportunity for fans and supporters to get an up-close look at the Chippewas, who return four starters from a team that last season won CMU's first regular-season Mid-American Conference championship since 1985.
The women's basketball tailgate/lunch follows from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Alumni Village/Rose Ponds Area ahead of CMU's homecoming game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. The Chippewas will take on Toledo in the game.
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