Women's basketball undefeated during Thanksgiving break

After dropping a home game against Elon last weekend, the Central Michigan women's basketball team won three consecutive games. 

The winning streak began at home last Tuesday against Oakland University. The Chippewas defeated the Golden Grizzlies 70-67 in double overtime. 

Junior guard Cassie Breen led the team with a career-high 33 points, while senior forward Jewel Cotton finished with 13 points and six rebounds. 

"Thank god for Jewel Cotton and Cassie Breen," Head Coach Sue Guevara said after the Oakland game. "They have been our most consistent players to date, but we have not been shooting the ball well as a team and that is not a secret to anyone."

CMU shot 28.9 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from 3-point range against Oakland. The Chippewas scored eight points in the first quarter, and allowed seven.

The Chippewas' next win came in California in the Cal Poly Tournament. They beat Utah Valley 71-62 and their shooting improved from the Oakland game. CMU made 41 percent of its field goals and 34.3 percent of 3-point shots last Friday. 

Cotton made all seven of her shots against Utah Valley in her first start of the season.

"I asked Jewel to put herself in a good frame of mind to give that energy and spark coming out of the game," Guevara said. "She goes 7-of-7 from the field, I don't think there is any doubt she did that."

The Cal Poly Tournament ended with a win over North Dakota State 77-55 — the team's second highest scoring total of the season. 

Junior forward Tinara Moore (20 points, 11 rebounds) and sophomore forward Reyna Frost (18 points, 15 rebounds) each recorded a double-double in the contest. 

Sophomore guard Presley Hudson tied CMU's single-game assist record with 12 in that win. 

"The goal when we came out here was to try and be better than we were," Guevara said. "Friday wasn't pretty, but we were better than when we played Oakland. (Saturday), we played much better."

Four of CMU's next five games will be played at McGuirk Arena. The team plays next at noon on Thursday against Loyola.