Women's basketball stays perfect in MAC play, routs Bowling Green
For two minutes and 28 seconds, Bowling Green led the No. 1 team in the Mid-American Conference in their fourth conference matchup of the season at McGuirk Arena.
That would be all CMU would allow.
On the back of a 25 point, nine rebound and four steal performance from junior Reyna Frost, CMU took down Bowling Green in dominant fashion 90-54 for its third straight blowout victory. The Chippewas improved to 12-3 overall and remain the only undefeated (4-0) team in the MAC.
"If I play well on defense, everybody else plays well on defense," Frost said. "My four steals really tells me that thats coming along."
Junior Presley Hudson, who averages 3.9 turnovers per game, didn't commit a single turnover over the course of the game while racking up 18 points and nine assists.
"Presley, in these last couple of games, is doing a nice job of taking advantage of what the defense is giving her," said head coach Sue Guevara. "On the turnover aspect, I will tell you she's done a better job, a much better job."
A combined 19 points were recorded by the CMU bench against Bowling Green, with freshman Kyra Bussell leading the way with eight points and 10 rebounds.
"I was really excited to be out there, I take advantage of the minutes I get," Bussell said. "Playing behind Tinara and Reyna has been a really good experience for me, so any moment I can get, I try and take advantage of it.
For Guevara, the bench production was a much needed relief, as she knows to be the Championship team they aspire to be, a deep bench will need to accompany it.
"I really believe our bench needs to keep improving if we're going to be able to make a run deep into March," Guevara said. "To have them get in today and contribute and to get the confidence, it was good for them."
On the defensive side, the Chippewas didn't allow much of anything to fall for Bowling Green, holding the falcons to 19-60 shooting from the field and 4-16 from beyond the arc. Guevara later credited the defensive effort to the team's ability to switch accordingly to the opposing offense but emphasized there is room to improve their penetration defense.
"I thought we did a good job of switching, switching tight, switching with a hand up and switching up," Guevara said. "Penetration is the hardest thing in basketball to defend, and I think that's still an area we have to get better at."
CMU will look to keep their perfect conference record and 13 home conference game winning streak alive as they take on Kent State at 1 p.m. on January 13 in McGuirk Arena.