Team defense continued to be a factor Saturday as women’s basketball gave up triple-digit points and fell to No. 17 Purdue, 109-97.
Central Michigan gave up a season-high 109 points, marking the second-straight game the Chippewas have allowed more than 100 points after giving up 106 points in a loss to Notre Dame on Dec. 22.
After the game, CMU head coach Sue Guevara cited team defense as the most urgent “fix” for the women.
“A couple of times we had some people who just got caught watching,” Guevara said. “When we play zone, we have to be able to keep people in front of us.”
The Chippewas remained a nuisance for the Boilermakers throughout the game, keeping within striking distance for the majority of the loss. Their smallest deficit after the opening minutes however was four points.
Purdue shot 15-for-29 from 3-point range.
CMU shot 37-of-74 from the field, led by sophomore guard Jessica Green’s 24 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Although free-throw shooting has been an issue early in the season, the Chippewas seem to have made improvements.. They shot 92 percent from the free-throw line.
Junior forward Jordan LaDuke came off the bench, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds.
Season-leading scorer and junior guard Crystal Bradford had 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists in limited playing time due to a nagging illness.
Senior guard Niki DiGuilio, finished with 21 points in the loss. She is one point shy of 1,000 for her career at CMU.
The Chippewas will travel to Dayton to finish a home-and-away series on Dec. 30. CMU defeated the Flyers in dramatic fashion in the teams first meeting on Dec. 5.
Mid-American Conference competition kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 4 when CMU hosts Toledo at McGuirk Arena.