Central Michigan women’s basketball used a fast-paced style of play to open up 3-point shooters in an 88-47 win over Miami (Ohio) Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Arena.
Senior sharpshooter Niki DiGuilio hit a career-high eight 3-pointers in the victory. She finished with a game-high 24 points.
It was CMU’s 13th consecutive victory and the Chippewas remain undefeated at home this season.
“I have been on the struggle bus,” DiGuilio said. “I only have a few more games left; this is my last hurrah. If I have a poor game, I have to let it go. I wasn’t letting it to go and it was lingering. I just have to go out with a bang.”
Miami tried to take away the penetration game by positioning defenders around the inside of the arc. This led to the Chippewas (16-8, 12-0 in MAC) taking 30 3-pointers and hitting 16 of them.
“There are teams that are going to pack it in on us,” CMU coach Sue Guevara said. “When Bradford get’s it, her initial drive isn’t there because (the defense) is there, so she comes in and passes. Now we have a wide-open three or a wide open Jas’Mine Bracey or an open slot attack for a layup. Our kids did a good job of moving the ball and being a little patient.”
Junior guard Crystal Bradford posted a double-double scoring 14 points and bringing down 15 rebounds.
Senior Taylor Johnson and junior Kerby Tamm benefited from the open looks scoring nine and six points respectively off the long ball alone. Johnson finished the game with 14 points and Tamm scored eight.
Tempo also led to great passing from the Chippewas, which DiGuiliocredited for her big game.
“We ran (Miami) off the floor,” she said. “We have phenomenal athletes. Crystal Bradford is one of the best passers I’ve ever seen and so is Jessica Green. They were facilitating and they were spreading out their game. My game is my teammate’s game and without them I wouldn’t have those 24 points.”