Women's basketball, wrestling, gymnastics earn wins over weekend


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Freshman guard Micaela Kelly, right, defends against the opponent at the women's basketball game against Kent State on Jan. 13 at McGuirk Arena.

Central Michigan women's basketball heightened its lead at the top of the Mid-American Conference West Division Feb. 10 against Ohio. 

The Chippewas nearly scored double what Ohio scored, and won 85-47. This is their 12th straight win. CMU has three more conference wins than Ball State, who is second in the MAC West Division. 

Here is a look at how CMU sports did over the weekend: 

Men's basketball

The Chippewas' struggles continued as they lost, 69-63, at Akron Feb. 10. CMU dropped to 4-8 in conference play and 15-10 overall. 

CMU kept the game close until the end, but after senior forward Cecil Williams stole the ball with about 30 seconds left, he missed an open layup and allowed the Zips to extend their lead. Williams finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and one assist. 

The Chippewas' next home game is at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17 against Eastern Michigan. CMU is tied for last in the MAC West Division with Northern Illinois, who it faces Feb. 13. 

Gymnastics

The Chippewas earned their fifth win of the season at Illinois State Feb. 9. This was the second time CMU has beaten Illinois State this season. The first win came in the home-opening meet. 

Seniors Bryttany Kaplin and Katy Clements both won two events against Illinois State. The Chippewas will return to McGuirk Arena at 1 p.m. Feb. 18 to take on Kent State. 

Wrestling

Chippewa seniors shined on Senior Night in McGuirk Arena Feb. 9. The meet was delayed by two hours due to weather conditions, but that didn't stop CMU from earning a 29-7 win against Eastern Michigan. 

Redshirt freshman heavyweight Matt Stencel earned CMU's only pin against EMU. Senior CJ Brucki earned a technical fall, and sophomore Mason Smith earned a decision even though he was ill.

"(Smith) was really sick today," head coach Tom Borrelli said. "He was three pounds under at weigh in. He might have the flu, but he gutted out a win."

This was the last home event until the MAC Championships on March 3-4. 

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