SETTING THE SCENE
The Central Michigan women’s basketball team is scheduled to play at Oakland in a nonconference game on Sunday (1 p.m.), the first of four consecutive road games for the Chippewas.
At 5-1, the Chippewas are off to the program’s best start since 2005-06, when they start started 6-0 and went on to win nine of its first 10. Since dropping the season opener to Purdue, 79-69, CMU has won five consecutive games, topped by Thursday’s 96-47 victory at home over Aquinas.
Presley Hudson led the Chippewas with 17 points against the Saints. The junior guard leads CMU and the Mid-American Conference in scoring at 20.8 points per game.
Two Chippewas, Reyna Frost and Tinara Moore, recorded double-doubles against Aquinas. For each it was their third double-double of the season. Frost, who ranks third in the nation at 13.3 rebounds per game, had 16 points and 13 boards against the Saints, while Moore had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Chippewas are making free throws at an 83.3 percent clip, which ranks second nationally. CMU also ranks second in 3-point field goals per game (12) and are 11th in 3-point field goal percentage (41.9).
The Chippewas have won their last three meetings with Oakland, capped by a 70-67 overtime victory at McGuirk Arena a year ago.
The Golden Grizzlies are 3-3 after an 83-48 nonconference win over Canisius on Wednesday. Their losses have come to Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern.
Sha’Keya Graves is averaging 15 points per game to lead the Grizzlies. She is shooting 44.7 percent from field goal range. Leah Somerfield leads Oakland in rebounds, averaging 8.2 per game. Taylor Gleason leads the Horizon League with 6.2 assists per game and ranks second in steals at 2.7.
Oakland finished third in the Horizon League in the preseason poll.
The Chippewas are scheduled to travel to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Thursday (8 p.m.).