COLUMN: Women's basketball may have turned season around in upset victory


The turning point may have been reached for the Central Michigan women’s basketball as it beat No .12 Purdue.

It has been a tough road from the team's season opener against Northwestern to Sunday’s win over the Boilermakers.

For the first four games of the season CMU used four different starting lineups and lost each game.

Finally the Chippewas got into the win column after two overtimes in the Great Alaskan Shootout by beating the University of Anchorage-Alaska 90-84.

After beating Witchita State 58-49 they were looking for a three-game winning streak against Bradley, but a slow second half and poor rebounding handed them their fifth loss of the season (2-5).

This sounds familiar to those who follow CMU sports closely.

In 2009 the women’s basketball team started 0-5 against a ranked Louisville team in Mount Pleasant and the Chippewas won that game 84-75.

This season Purdue came to town and, like the last two times it did, Purdue lost.

What was surprising about this game, besides beating No. 12 ranked team, was this was the biggest point differential of the season.

All seven of CMU’s previous games finished nine points or closer, but this was a 13 points.

Maybe this is just what the Chippewas needed. After starting the season 2-5, maybe all they need is a big win like this to give them confidence.

The schedule is getting easier and the Chippewas need to take advantage.

It will be interesting to see the Chippewas record when they return to McGuirk Arena against rival Western Michigan on Jan. 11.


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