Dominating post play leads women's basketball in MAC play

Senior forward Tinara Moore hits a two point layup on Jan. 3 at McGuirk Arena.

Forwards Tinara Moore and Reyna Frost, who combined for 45 points and 24 rebounds, led the Central Michigan women's basketball team to a win over Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 6.

The Chippewas (11-3, 3-0 MAC) defeated Miami (Ohio) (9-5, 1-2 MAC) 84-66 in Oxford, Ohio, thanks to some dominating forward play. 

"You saw the consistency of Tinara Moore and Reyna Frost," said head coach Sue Guevara. "(Kyra Bussel) also had a good all-around game for us."

Central Michigan separated themselves early finishing the first quarter on a 10-0 run to give them a 27-15 lead. 

The Chippewas carried over their momentum to the second quarter going on a 10-2 run led by a couple of Presley Hudson 3-pointers. 

Back-to-back layups midway through the second quarter by Moore and Frost gave CMU its biggest lead of the first half at 41-21. 

The RedHawks would close the half strong making a run of their own to cut the lead to 46-36 going into the half. 

In the third quarter, CMU extended its lead to 15. 

The Chippewas opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back buckets to secure the win and make sure the RedHawks couldn't to come back. 

With just under three minutes remaining, Aleah Swary made a 3-pointer to give CMU their biggest lead of the game at 24. 

"Any time you win on the road in this conference it's a good win," Guevara said.

Moore scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Frost had 21 and 13, respectively. Hudson scored 18 points and dished out eight assists. 

The Chippewas have now won three straight MAC games. Predicted as the MAC favorite before the season started, CMU is the only team in the conference to have not suffered a MAC loss. 

CMU currently leads the MAC West Division, while Eastern Michigan, Ball State and Northern Illinois trail with two conference wins and one loss. 

Chippewa forwards Moore and Frost's recent performances have led CMU to the top of the conference in rebounding numbers. CMU leads the conference in rebounding margin and total offensive rebounds. 

Frost was recognized as the MAC West Division Player of the Week on Jan. 2 after registering her sixth double-double of the season. Frost currently averages 12.6 points per game and 13.6 rebounds per game. 

Moore, a returning All-MAC First Team forward, leads the conference with a team-high 27 blocks. Frost and Moore are the No. 1 and 2 rebounders in the MAC. Moore averages 16.5 points per game, 9.2 rebounds per game and two blocks per game.