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Women’s basketball beat RedHawks behind solid shooting performances

Junior guard Crystal Bradford cuts to the basket against University of Buffalo on Sunday at McGuirk Arena. (Greg Cornwell | Staff Photographer)

Junior guard Crystal Bradford cuts to the basket against University of Buffalo on Feb. 9 at McGuirk Arena. (Greg Cornwell | Staff Photographer)

Women’s basketball saw the re-emergence of its jump shot in its 88-47 victory over the Miami RedHawks.

A part of the Chippewas game that has been missing in action during the later portion of its 12-game winning streak came to life against the RedHawks.

“In our offense, we have wide-open looks because of our penetration,” said head coach Sue Guevara. “Our kids did a good job of moving the ball and being a little patient.”

In what was a fast-past game, CMU had Miami on its heels from the start of the first half and did not look back. While Miami was able to make a few scoring plays in its favor in the first half, the RedHawks could not defend against the Chippewas offensive production.

From beyond the arc, CMU shot 53.3 percent (16-for-30), the team’s best 3-point shooting percentage so far in Mid-American Conference play.

“Crystal (Bradford) and Jess (Green) are some of the best passers I’ve ever seen and they were spreading out their game,” said senior guard Niki DiGuilio. “My game is my teammate’s game and without them, I wouldn’t have had 24 points.”

DiGuilio’s 24 points were key in the victory. She shot 8-for-12 from 3-point range and did not attempt a single shot from within the arc.

“I only have a few games left here so I need to start letting the bad ones go,” DiGuilio said. “I wasn’t letting them go and it was lingering and now I want to finish the season the way I want.”

Senior forward Taylor Johnson also had a productive game from deep, shooting 50 percent for the game. Her quality shooting earned her 14 points, while junior guard Crystal Bradford also put up 14 points, shooting 5-of-12 from the field and 2-for-4 from long-range.

“We have a goal. We want to win the MAC and go to the NCAA tournament again,” Johnson said. “If we keep thinking about what we did in the past, we’re not going to get there. On this team, if someone is having a poor performance, we always have people to back her up.”

In Saturday’s victory, the team held a 41-point margin, allowing Guevara to spread around playing time.

“When you’re up by 40 points, everybody is getting a chance to play,” Guevara said.

Guevara’s team will travel to Bowling Green for its second matchup against the Falcons this season. The Chippewas were victorious the first time they faced BGSU, winning in overtime, 72-68.

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