Central Michigan squeaks past Miami in MAC quarterfinal game

Cleveland, OH — The Central Michigan Chippewas women’s basketball team defeated the Miami RedHawks with a score of 61-58 after a tough fought game by both teams in the MAC quarterfinals. Miami’s star player Lauren Dickerson struggled in the first half as she shot three for 14. Micaela Kelly thrived for the Chippewas in the first half and kept up the intensity as she led her team in scoring with nine points.

Kelly was the leading scorer for the Chippewas as she had 16 points on six of nine shooting, along with three rebounds and three assists. Dickerson led all scorers in the game with 21 points and she was the only player to play all 40 minutes of the game.

Collective team ball was the theme for the Chippewas, as it has been throughout the entire season. The Chippewas’ five starters all averaged double digit scoring throughout the season, and Miamis’ Dickerson was the only player to average double digit scoring, with 19.8 points per game.

Dickerson took command of her team but it wasn’t enough with her low field goal percentage and the strong offense presented by the Chippewas. Presley Hudson came on strong for the Chippewas in the second half and scored a total of  points in the game. The leading scorers Reyna Frost and Kelly dominated while both shooting over 50 percent in the game.

The Chippewas will play the winner of the Buffalo Bulls verses Western Michigan game and they will have a chance to win the women’s MAC Championship game on Saturday.

 

 

 

Central Michigan tops Eastern, advances to Championship

CLEVELAND, Ohio- In the Buckeye State, two teams from the Wolverine State took center stage at Quicken Loans Arena. The #2 seed Central Michigan Chippewas (22-9) took on the #6 seed Eastern Michigan Eagles (21-11) in the semi-finals of the Mid-American Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament.

 

Eastern Michigan came out of the gates fast, taking a 24-19 lead at the end of the first quarter. Junior guard Phillis Webb set the pace, scoring 11 points in the opening period.

 

The Eagles would stretch the lead to 13 points, until Central answered with a run of their own. The run was capped by a Jasmine Harris three which forced the Eagles to call a timeout with the lead back down to five. The teams waivered back and forth until halftime, with the Eagles holding a 41-37 lead.

 

Central started the second half with a bang thanks to two Presley Hudson 3’s and another from Cassandra Breen. They would add another quick basket to cap an 11-4 run, and the Eagles lead was suddenly gone. The Chippewas would out score Eastern 32-17 in the third quarter and take a 69-58 lead into the final period.

 

The run didn’t stop there, as Central came out and dominated the start fourth quarter. The Eagles were unable to overcome the quarter and a half run, as the Chippewas went on to win the game 86-71.

 

Breen led all scorers with 24 points. Tinara Moore also added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Webb led Eastern Michigan with 20 points.

 

With the win, Central Michigan advances to the MAC Championship, where they will face the #8 seed Buffalo for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The game will take place at Quicken Loans Arena tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Freshman Lillard lift Bowling Green Past Central Michigan

Cleveland, Oh-WHAT A GAME!

The Bowling Green Falcons upset the Central Michigan Chippewas 62-59. Bowling Green trialed for most of the game but with some clutch shooting from freshman Antwon Lillard, the Falcons were able to come out with the upset.

It was back and forth the entire game, Central held the lead for most of it, but the Falcons stayed around and made the plays at the end of the game to get the win. After Lillard’s three, Central Michigan then turned the ball over on their next possession. Ismail Ali then made two free throws to put The Falcons up by three. On the ensuing inbound, Bowling Green Stole the ball and finalized the win on a fantastic game.

Up next for the Falcons is Akron, as they will play the Zips tomorrow at 6:30.

Heading into halftime Central Michigan held a 31-25 lead over the Falcons of Bowling Green. The pace was slow. Central Michigan had been in control of the pace. When they were in the half-court offense they use a lot of the shot clock and that had dictated the pace at that time.

Central Michigan was led in scoring by Chris Fowler who has 9 point on 4 of 8 shooting. Rayshawn Simmons had another 6 points for Central Michigan. John Simons had 9 rebounds for Central. As they held the rebounding advantage 21 to 20.

For Bowling Green Antwon Lillard led all scorers with 11 points. The Falcons didn’t get much production out of anyone else. The next highest scorer was Wes Alcegaire with 4 points.

Central Michigan shot just over 41% from the field and only 3 of 13 from deep. While Bowling Green was shooting just under 35% from the field and had only connected on 2 of 7 from the three point arc.

The Second Half was a different story. Central Michigan lead for most of the half but the Falcons stayed around. Central Michigan was led by Chris Fowler and Bryalon Rayson. Fowler ended with 16 points and Rayson ended with 13. Overall Central shot 41% and went 4 of 20 from distance. But they struggled at the free throw line. Only hitting 13 of 24.

The big story for Bowling Green was Antwon Lillard, a true freshman making his second career start. He ended with 26 points and the game winner. A three with 13 seconds remaining to but the Falcons ahead 60-59. Demajeo Wiggins added another 10 points for the Falcons. The Falcons finished by shooting 50% from the floor and 5 of 13 from three. They faired a bit better at the free throw line. Hitting 11 of 18 from there.

Chippewas Chomp Down on Broncos in Second Half

Cleveland, OH- Following a gutsy overtime win by the Akron Zips, fans at Quicken Loans Arena would be treated to another fantastic contest between the second seeded Central Michigan Chippewas and the seventh seeded Western Michigan Broncos.

The Broncos jumped out to a quick 14-2 lead before Central Michigan was able to calm the storm a little bit. Junior guard Meredith Shipman led the Broncos early and often, dropping 14 points, 12 of those coming from three-point land, in the first quarter. This bolstered the Broncos to a 25-15 lead after one.

Halfway through the second quarter, the Chippewas were still struggling to find answers. The Broncos hammered away on offense, finding Shipman for yet another three along with a couple fast break layups from other contributors, and all of a sudden the Western lead was 34-19. The Chippewas offense, which averaged 74.7 points a game during the season, could not find their wheels.

The Chippewas came storming back, however, using an impressive 11-2 run capped off by an easy finish from sophomore forward Tinara Moore to cut into the lead, 36-30. The difference in the first half was certainly three pointers, with Western outdueling Central in that category six to one.

The second half started with a Steph Curry like three ball from well over 30 feet from the Broncos’ Morton, however not much else would go their way at the start. Central Michigan erupted for a 9-2 start afterwards that put them right back in the ballgame.

More back and forth action ensued to close out the third, as the Broncos and the Chippewas entered the final frame with a score of 52-50 in favor of Western Michigan.

The 4th quarter opened with a huge three from Central Michigan sophomore guard Cassie Breen to finally give them their first lead of the game, 53-52.

Central would extend the lead to 59-54, seemingly having Western on the ropes, before a big three from Deborah Meeks cut the lead to two. This would cause a Central timeout with just under five minutes to play.

With 1:30 to go, Breen delivered from long range once again, giving the Chips a 64-60 lead. A forced three from Shipman, who had cooled off in the second half, sealed Western Michigan’s fate. Shipman chirped all the way back down the floor for a foul call but to no avail as the Broncos would have to fall and come up short, 66-62.

The Broncos put four players in double figures in the scoring column, including Meredith Shipman who finished with 17. For the Chippewas, it was Tinara Moore and Presley Hudson leading the way with 18 points each, along with a 16 point effort from Jewel Cotton who only averaged just under eight points per game in the regular season.

The Chippewas will advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2014, where they will take on the winner of Ball State and Eastern Michigan.