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Women’s basketball end non-conference schedule with loss to Dayton

Senior Guard Niki DiGuilio attempts to get by Dayton's Ally Malott. DiGuilio would make two career marks in the loss. (Courtesy Photo|Alexandra Kern)

Senior Guard Niki DiGuilio attempts to get by Dayton’s Ally Malott. DiGuilio would make two career marks in the loss. (Courtesy Photo|Alexandra Kern)

Women’s Basketball lost to the University of Dayton, 102-89, in their second meeting this season, this time at the Flyers home court.

When Crystal Bradford sunk a game-winning three-point shot with 0.2 seconds left against Dayton earlier this month, Central Michigan had plenty of reasons to rejoice.

They also knew Dayton would leave feeling a bitter taste in its mouths, as the game was ‘stolen’ from them in its final moments. CMU had a chance to prove the Dec. 5th victory was no fluke but could not prevail, losing a first-half lead due to defensive struggles.

In a fast-paced and high-scoring affair, both teams came ready to play, looking for a competitive game akin to when the teams first squared off.

Maintaining a close score throughout the first half, the Chippewas took a four-point lead going into halftime. The Chippewas coaching staff was pleased with scoring, but also saw improvements defensively at the break.

“We’re pretty active and that’s helped us,” said assistant coach Andrew Wodrich at halftime. “We’re just looking to steal a few possessions and get the upper hand.”

The second half did not fair as well as the coaches were hoping for.

Central Michigan lost control of the lead in the first few minutes of the second half, appearing somewhat sluggish.  The Flyers were able to take advantage of this and made three-pointers a primary source of trouble for CMU for a second-straight game.

“We came out and I thought we lost it in the first four minutes of the second half,” said head coach Sue Guevara.

Three-pointers from Dayton and shaky Chippewa defense allowed the score to expand, resulting in CMU not being able to close the gap and Dayton earning its 17th-straight home victory.

Though it was another night in which the opponent reached 100 points, it also saw two CMU records marked by senior guard Niki DiGuilio.

In the first half, DiGuilio became the 23rd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.  In the second half, she sank her 231st career three-pointer, making her No. 1 in school history in three-pointers made.

Bradford had 24 points and 12 rebounds on the night, good enough for another double–double for her.

This loss marks the final game in what was a treacherous non-conference schedule for the Chippewas.  Now 4-8 overall, the team can focus on its Mid-American Conference portion of the schedule, starting on Jan. 4th at home against the Toledo Rockets.

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