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Division leaders clash as women’s basketball prepare for road test at Bowling Green

The strongest teams in the Mid-American Conference will face each other at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the second time this season.

In their first meeting, the Chippewas went neck-in-neck with Bowling Green in McGuirk Arena, beating the Falcons 72-68 in overtime. CMU head coach Sue Guevara said game two won’t be any different.

“It’s going to be a very competitive game because we’re the two best teams in the MAC going at each other,” Guevara said. “Both teams have good chemistry, so I anticipate seeing pretty much the same as last game.”

All season, the Chippewas have had a target on their back following a Mid-American Conference tournament championship in 2013. Carrying an undefeated conference record into Wednesday’s game makes the target even larger.

Both teams are riding winning streaks and have similar playing styles. Where CMU has not lost a conference or a home game all season, Bowling Green will take a seven-game winning stretch into Wednesday.

Both lead their respective divisions within the conference, with Central Michigan leading the MAC West Division and Bowling Green leading the MAC East. Both have had their fair share of good fortune this season and this was highlighted by senior guards Niki DiGuilio and Jillian Halfhill winning MAC Player of the Week for their respective divisions.

“I think we have the upper hand but not everybody is willing to say it,” DiGuilio said. “We have six or seven scorers other than me, so we’re going to be locked in.”

DiGuilio was in agreement with her coach in the assumption that BGSU will bring all it has to try to hand CMU its first loss.

“It was a very hard-nosed game last time and it’s always physical whenever we play,” DiGuilio said. “(Playing in Bowling Green) is always a nasty, competitive environment.”

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Stroh Arena.

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