The Norman Transcript


March 20, 2013

Chippewas have caught fire at right time



Central Michigan may have started playing better defense before the MAC tournament. The Chippewas haven’t given up more than the 68 Akron scored since losing 84-59 at Bowling Green Feb. 3.

Getting a rematch with Bowling Green in the first round of the MAC tournament, the Chippewas held the Falcons to 48 points.

They’re directed by coach Sue Guevara, who remains the winningest women’s coach at Michigan, where she went 123-82 from 1996-2003.

After going 36-55 her first three seasons with the Chippewas, she has gone 61-38 since, including 21-11 this season, the program’s third straight 20-win campaign.

In Crystal Bradford, Guevara has a sophomore guard averaging 15.5 points and 9.7 rebounds. Another guard, Jessica Green, averages 11.8 points per outing.

A year ago, Central Michigan just missed the tournament, falling 72-71 at the buzzer to Eastern Michigan in the MAC tourney championship game.

Not this time.

“It was our team that won this tournament for us,” Guevara said. “I am so happy for our seniors and for our underclassmen, just to know what it’s like to be successful. I just couldn’t be any prouder of this team.”

Meeting the Sooners should be a big step up in class for the Chippewas. Still, here lately, they have nothing but victories to draw from.

Clay Horning

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