Women’s basketball, in its first game in ten days, proved there was some rust to shake off, losing on the road 87-79.
After a pair of late, clutch three-pointers by senior forward Taylor Johnson and junior guard Crystal Bradford led the Chippewas to victory against Dayton on December 10th,CMU traveled to Brookings, S.D. to take on the rising 7-2 South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
The first half was tightly contested, with the Chippewas and South Dakota State seemingly matching each other with their field goal shooting. With CMU going 13-35 for a percentage of 42.9 percent and South Dakota State shooting 44.4 percent in the first half, it was an evenly matched game.
Both teams had solid defensive efforts, cleaning the glass in the first half. 20 rebounds for the Chippewas and 19 for the Jackrabbits paved the way for a 38-35 halftime score in favor of the Jackrabbits.
Later in the game, CMU began to slow in the scoring, as they failed to make the most of its opportunities. The second half started close, but the Jackrabbits proved to be too much for the Chippewas, making the most of its chances, especially in the free throw department.
A recurring theme for Guevara’s team early this season has been lack of consistency from the free throw line. In Sunday’s game, the Chippewas shot just 42.9 percent, going 3-7.
Defensive letdowns for CMU was a primary cause for the separation on the scoreboard, as the Chippewas were responsible for letting the Jackrabbits attempt 26 free throw shots overall. This comes out to a total of 11 fouls committed by the Chippewas.
Despite the team’s shortcomings from the charity stripe, Bradford led the team in scoring with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Junior guard Jessica Green, tallied 21 points to go along with five assists in the losing effort.
In the midst of the loss, Bradford and the rest of the Chippewas gave fans even more proof that they are a team that lives and dies by the three-pointer. Going 10-30 from beyond the arch shows the team’s commitment to the deep ball.
After the loss, CMU falls to a 3-5 record on the season.
The Chippewas will next see action on Wednesday, December 18, against Prairie View A&M, as they return to McGuirk Arena for its final home game in 2013.
The game is scheduled for a noon tipoff.