Women's basketball returns home following road loss

After a 62-51 loss to Purdue on Tuesday night, ending a five-game winning streak, the Central Michigan women’s basketball team will return home for its next two games starting Friday.

The Chippewas will begin their home stretch against St. Joseph (2-5). The Hawks enter the game 2-2 on the road and 0-3 at home. 

St. Joseph averages 62 points per game and has four players who shoot over 40 percent from the field, including their top two scorers — junior Chelsea Woods and junior Adashia Franklyn.

Woods averages 14.3 points per game and leads the team in assists with 21. She also averages seven rebounds per game. Franklyn averages 12 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. She also leads the team in shooting percentage at 48 percent.

Even though three Chippewas scored in double figures against Purdue, the team shot just 30.3 percent from the floor and 26.3 percent from the 3-point line. They also missed 3-of-9 free-throws and lost the rebounding battle 52-33.

"We had trouble scoring the ball," said Head Coach Sue Guevara. "When you have trouble scoring, then your defense and your rebounding needs to be there, and we gave up 18 offensive rebounds."

Two of the players who had double-digit scoring — sophomore guard Presley Hudson and junior forward Tinara Moore — took a combined 34 shots, making only nine of them collectively.

Junior guard Cassie Breen is well known for her ability to capitalize on 3-point shots. She passed former Chippewas Taylor Johnson and Crystal Bradford on the CMU all-time 3-pointers made list last week against UIC with her 149th career triple. 

She averages nearly eight 3-pointers taken per game, but against Purdue, she only took four 3-point shots, making two of them. She was 2-of-8 from the floor and ended her night in West Lafayette with seven points.

"We just didn’t make one offensive goal tonight at all," Guevara said. "Defensively, we have to be consistent from the very beginning of the game to the end of it."

Tipoff against St. Joseph set for 7 p.m. at McGuirk Arena.