Super Bowl Sunday's Women's Basketball Preview

Updated 2/2/2013

 

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Western Michigan (6-14,2-5 MAC) at Toledo (18-2, 6-1 MAC)
12 PM • Toledo leads 46-19
• The Broncos come to the “Glass City” having split their last four games, most recently suffering a 73-50 setback to Ball State on Thursday. Michelle O’Brien was the only WMU player in double figures, finishing with 12 points against the Cardinals.
• Last time out, The Rockets stunned the Bobcats with a 24-6 run that lasted into the final minutes of the opening half and never looked back. UT shot 40.0 percent (26-of-65) from the field, while holding Ohio to just 28.6 percent (14-of-49) to claim its 21st-consecutive home victory over its cross-division opponent, dating back to Jan. 7, 1987.
 
Central Michigan (13-7, 7-0 MAC) at Bowling Green (13-7, 4-3 MAC)
1 PM • Bowling Green leads 45-14
TV Coverage: BCSN
• The Chippewas defense has taken its play to a new level during MAC play, limiting opponents to just 56 points per game, while not yet having allowed a team to score over 70 points. CMU held Kent State to just 44 points in their victory Thursday, marking the second fewest points surrendered under the guidance of head coach Sue Guevara. 
• The Falcons also lead the MAC in three-point field-goal percentage defense, as opponents have made just 20 of 109 long-distance attempts (18.3%) in the first seven MAC games ... but, CMU has three players among the top-four in the league in three-point FG pct., and the Chippewas are averaging a MAC-best 8.7 successful triples per game in conference contests.
 
Ball State (9-11, 6-1 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (5-15, 3-4 MAC)
2 PM • Easten Michigan leads 36-28
• Ball State will end its two game Mid-American Conference road swing Sunday when it faces Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center.  The Cardinals improved to 2-0 against MAC West Division opponents Thursday after defeating Western Michigan, 73-50.
• Court vision is what most guards work on daily in practice, and lately for junior Desyree Thomas it has come naturally. Thomas tallied 11 assists in the 67-62 victory over Northern Illinois, Jan. 31, which is tied for the 11th most in a single game in the program’s 37-year history. To add to the impressive feat, the Waterford, Mich. native had zero turnovers in 33 minutes of work.
 
Miami (13-7, 5-2 MAC) at Northern Illinois (5-15, 0-7 MAC)
2 PM • Miami leads 15-12
TV Coverage: SportsTime Ohio/Comcast SportsNet Chicago/ESPN Full Court/ESPN3
• Miami held the Falcons to 54 points on Thursday. The RedHawks improved to 12-0 in games where they have held their opponents under the 60-point mark. After giving up an average of 71.8, 75.0 and 63.8 points per game the past three seasons, the Red and White are only giving up 57.8 points per game in 2012-13, which ranks 85th among all NCAA Division I teams.
• This game marks one of two home games during a tough road stretch for the Huskies as they will play five of seven games away from DeKalb from Jan. 31 through Feb. 23. NIU is 2-5 at home this season and 0-4 in MAC play. In MAC play under Bennett the Huskies are 7-13 at home and 16-18 overall.
 
Kent State (2-18, 0-7 MAC) at Ohio (5-14, 0-7 MAC)
2 PM • Kent State leads 48-20
• The Flashes are finding success in MAC games at the free throw line. They rank 4th in the MAC with a .70 free throw percentage. Seven members of the team are making 65% or more of their free-throw attempts this season. Trisha Krewson sits atop the MAC, shooting a perfect 100% from the charity stripe in twelve attempts.
• In large part due to the return of a number of injured players, Ohio won the “Points in the Paint” statistical category on Jan. 31 at Toledo by a 25-21 margin. This was the first time the Bobcats had won this category since a Dec. 21 game at Long Island-Brooklyn. Lexie Baldwin led the charge with 11 points while Shavon Robinson (8), Laura Mastro (3), Samantha Buls (2), and Mariah Byard (1) all chipped in.