Wednesday's Women's Basketball Preview

Updated 1/23/2013


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Ball State (6-11, 3-1 MAC) at Buffalo (5-12, 3-1 MAC)
7 PM • Ball State leads 10-7
• The Cardinals are coming off of a 59-44 victory over Kent State Saturday, improving their overall record to 6-11 with a 3-1 league mark.  The 3-1 conference start for the Cardinals is the best since the 2008-09 season when the they started out 4-0 in the MAC. 
• The story of UB’s early MAC success can be attributed to the production of its bench.  Through three games, the Buffalo bench has outscored its opponents, 89-39.  In the victory over Ohio, the Bulls shut out the Bobcat bench, 27-0, and against Kent State, Buffalo outscored the Golden Flashes, 40-14.  The Bulls bench has outscored their opponents in the last three games and in nine games overall. 
Toledo (15-2, 3-1 MAC) at Akron (12-5, 3-1 MAC)
7 PM • Toledo leads 38-7
• For the season, the Rockets are fueled offensively by the quartet of senior Naama Shafir, Dortch, Richardson and sophomore Inma Zanoguera, who are averaging 12.5, 11.0, 9.0 and 8.8 ppg, respectively..
• Rachel Tecca continued her double-figure scoring streak, and has now reached double digits in all 17 of Akron’s games this season.  Through the first two weeks of MAC play, Hanna Luburgh leads the league in field goal percentage, shooting a blistering 62 percent against conference opponents. The junior is averaging 17.5 ppg in league games.
Western Michigan (5-12, 1-3 MAC) at Northern Illinois (5-12, 0-4 MAC)
7 PM • Western Michigan leads 25-17
• In their last outing, Western Michigan shot a season-best 48.4 percent from the floor and made 13 of its 18 attempts from the free throw line.  WMU did what few teams have not been able to do against Akron this year, outrebounding the Zips by a double-digit margin, 41-31. Akron entered the game averaging almost four rebounds per game more than its opponents.
• NIU is looking for its first Mid-American Conference win to avoid a 0-5 start in league play for the first time ever. Since joining the NCAA in 1982-83, NIU has never lost its first five games in conference play in any of its affiliations (Mid-American (1982-86, 1997-current), North Star (1987-92), Mid-Continent (1992-94), Midwestern Collegiate (1994-1997)). The Huskies’ current five-game losing streak is the first streak, winning or losing, of the season longer than two games.
Central Michigan (10-7, 4-0 MAC) at Ohio (5-11, 0-4 MAC)
7 PM • Central Michigan leads 29-27
• During its’ four-game win streak, Central Michigan has outscored its opponents by an average of 18.5 points per game.  CMU has won the last six meetings versus the Bobcats, including a pair of wins last season - 67-53 on Jan. 25 and 58-55 in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament March 7.  Sophomore Crystal Bradford leads all players in league play in scoring (20.0) and rebounding (12.3) while ranking second in assists (5.8) in blocks (1.8).
• Of the 36 freshmen in the Mid-American Conference this sea¬son, Ohio’s Kiyanna Black and Lexie Baldwin stack up very well. Black ranks second in points (12.6), third in minutes (24.8), and seventh in rebounds (2.9) per game. Baldwin is not far behind, ranking seventh in points (6.1), fifth in minutes (20.6), and second in rebounds (6.2) per outing.