Women’s basketball was busy finishing the most impressive non-conference schedule in the Mid-American Conference during winter break.
Central Michigan played eight games during the break, posting a 4-4 record. The Chippewas are undefeated in MAC play after losing three straight to end non-conference competition.
The team was a victim of sweet revenge as they were bested 102-89 by host Dayton in the final game of a home-and-away series with the Flyers this season. Junior Crystal Bradford hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer to give CMU a win over Dayton in the Chippewas home-opener on Dec. 5.
CMU defeated Prairie View A&M 90-66 at home Dec. 18. The women then took to the road for two highly-anticipated match-ups with two of the nation’s top teams, just after Christmas.
The Chippewas lost to No. 4 Notre Dame on Dec. 22, 106-72, and then to No. 17 Purdue on Dec. 28, 109-97. They gave up their season-high in points against the Boilermakers.
“A couple of times we had some people who just got caught watching,” said head coach Sue Guevara after the loss to Purdue. “When we play zone, we have to be able to keep people in front of us.”
CMU opened conference play with an 84-71 win over Toledo, on Jan. 4.
Coming into the game as the best 3-point shooting team in the MAC, CMU made 14-of-32 shots for a total of 42 points from beyond the arc. The women hit nine of those 14 shots in the second half against the Rockets.
“We pulled away with the three ball,” Bradford said after the win over Toledo. “It’s just good for my team to hit shots. The three ball is definitely a big factor, but we have to remember to follow up our shots. We don’t want to get beside ourselves with the three ball, because then we will forget to attack.”
Last Thursday, the team kept the conference unbeaten streak going with a 109-83 victory at Akron. Bradford, senior forward Taylor Johnson and junior forward Jas’Mine Bracey each recorded a double-double in the win against the Zips.
CMU played its best basketball during the break the day before returning to classes, defeating Buffalo, 82-68.
Bradford recorded her first career triple-double, scoring 19 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists. She became the fourth CMU student athlete to accomplish the feat.