Saturday's MAC Women's Basketball Results

Updated 1/14/2012
Central Michigan def. Ball St., 84-66
Toledo def. Northern Illinois, 49-47
Eastern Michigan def. Western Michigan, 84-59
Akron def. Kent St, 68-62

Stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Central Michigan def. Ball St., 84-66

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Taylor Johnson grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds, as the Central Michigan women's basketball team rolled through Ball State 84-66, Saturday afternoon.

Three straight jumpers by the Chippewas (11-7 overall, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) allowed the Maroon and Gold to reel off a 10-0 run over a two-minute span that put CMU in front, 17-11, eight minutes into the game. They stayed in the lead and used an 11-1 run to build their biggest lead of the half at 12 with 7:04 showing on the clock. After the Cardinals (7-10, 2-2) cut the lead to six at the 5:39 point, a jumper by Johnson and two three-pointers by Niki DiGuilio had CMU back in front by double-digits, 36-24. The Chippewas took a 40-32 lead into the break, their ninth straight game with a halftime lead.

"It was a nice win for us," said CMU head coach Sue Guevara. "Our bench came to play today. I think one of our biggest strengths is our ability to have different people come off the bench and make contributions. Our style of play is a track meet. Ball State wanted to take us out of our comfort zone and slow the pace down but we did a good job playing our fast pace style of play."

The CMU bench finished the game with 43 total points as nine different Chippewas had six or more points and 10 players played over 15 minutes.

The Chippewas were able to hold a double-digit lead for all but 53 seconds in the second half. Three minutes in, the home team had pushed its lead to 14, 48-34, following a layup by Jessica Green. Jordan LaDuke hit three of her eight second-half points push the lead to 16 at 57-41. Following a 12-4 run, which a Jalisa Olive capped off with a lay in, CMU had its largest lead of the game at 26 with 11:32 left to play. The team would hold a 20-point lead for the majority of the remaining time as the Chippewas shot 60.7 percent from the floor after halftime.

The Maroon and Gold finished the game tying their season high shooting percentage at 51.6 percent from the floor. The Chippewas scored 42 points in the paint, while holding the Cardinals to only 26.

Miller and DiGuilio both scored 11 points off the bench for the home team. Crystal Bradford led all scorers with 16 points while snatching four steals.

The Chippewas will head back on the road for a two-game stand starting Thursday when they travel to Eastern Michigan for a 7 p.m. tip.

Toledo def. Northern Illinois, 49-47
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's basketball team suffered a hard-fought loss to Toledo on Saturday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center as UT's Andola Dortch sank a last-second shot to avenge being upset in the same building a year ago as the defending 2009-10 Mid-American Conference champions.

The league's pre-season pick to win the MAC West, Toledo (9-7, 2-2 MAC) escaped with a win this time around thanks in part to an unfortunate ending for NIU. After Dortch banked in a tough fade-away shot from the left block with 21 seconds left to give the Rockets a 48-47 lead, the Huskies (6-10, 0-4 MAC) called timeout to set up a potential game-winning play. The play that was dialed up resulted in a decent look for Claire Jakubicek (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) but her driving layup from the left side just rimmed out. Satavia Taylor (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook/Loyola) grabbed the board and threw up a tough over-the-shoulder layup from the right side to no avail and Toledo grabbed the board.

Following a quick NIU foul, Dortch made the first free throw but missed the second and the ball deflected out of bounds off of Toledo with 4.8 seconds left. Out of another timeout, the Huskies inbounded the ball to Taylor near half court but the ball went through her hands right to a Rocket player and Toledo ran out the clock.

"We wanted to throw it up to half court and blast," said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett. "If we catch it there, we can make a play -- drive and kick, drive and get a foul, anything. That play didn't lose us the game. It's not on Satavia. We had chances earlier in the game to make it not come down to that. I thought we deserved this game but that's life. It's not always fair."

All was not lost on that one play, however. Despite NIU's losing streak being pushed to six games, the Huskies showed glaring signs of improvement on the parts of their game that had been hampering them during this rough patch.

In almost every of the last five games, NIU fell behind early and had to play catch-up the rest of the game to dig out of a hole. Against Toledo, it was the Huskies who came out firing as they opened up an 11-4 lead to being the game. Toledo responded with an 11-0 run right after to take the lead, but NIU never let the Rockets get too far in front. The largest lead NIU had to deal with was a five-point edge.

"Down the stretch, we missed some good shots but the effort was there," Bennett said. "There were five or six times where we'd be down by five and we made an unbelievable play to get back. I felt like that happened at least five times in the game and I am very proud of the way we fought back each time."

Over the past five games, the Huskies had also been averaging 21.8 turnovers per game. Versus the Rockets, NIU only turned the ball over 12 times.

"I thought we were the best we've been offensively," Bennett said. "We took care of the ball and did a good job of moving the ball. We went through cold stretches. We were stuck on 11 forever. If we can eliminate those cold stretches we will be better."

Prior to the go-ahead shot for Toledo, the Huskies had erased a late five-point deficit with a layup from Jakubicek and two free throws from Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart). Then, Jakubicek nailed a jumper from the left wing to put NIU ahead 47-46 with 2:07 remaining.

Jakubicek led NIU in scoring for the second straight game as she scored 15 points. Combined with her 12-point performance at Ball State, she is averaging 10.5 points per game in MAC play.

Courtney Shelton (Rockford, Ill./Hononegah) and Corral each scored in double figures as well. Shelton turned in 13 points, while Corral had 11 and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Huskies return to action with a road trip to Kalamazoo, Mich., for a 6 PM CT meeting with Western Michigan on Thursday, January 19.

Eastern Michigan def. Western Michigan, 84-59
YPSILANTI, Mich. ­( — An outstanding second-half effort helped propel the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team to an 84-59 win over the Western Michigan University Broncos here Saturday, Jan. 14, afternoon in a Mid-American Conference West Division game in the Convocation Center.

Holding a slim, 34-33, halftime lead, the Eagles exploded for 50 second-half points while holding the Broncos to just 59 in the final 20 minutes to post the win.

Head Coach AnnMarie Gilbert's Eagles, now 11-6 overall and 3-1 in league action, had  four players in double figures, led by senior guard Tavelyn James (Detroit, Mich.-Mumford) with 21. Senior forward Paige Redditt (Kansas City, Mo.-Belton) and sophomore forward Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio-Sylvania Northview) both turned in double-double scoring-rebounding efforts with Redditt scoring 19 points with 11 rebounds and Fouty accounting for 18 points and 11 boards.

Western, now 5-12 overall and 2-2 in the MAC, was led by Jazmine Windham with 12 points.

The Eagles shot 41.7 percent from the field, making 30-of-72 field-goal attempts while also connecting on 22-of-29 free throws for 75.9 percent.  Western shot 40.7 percent, making 22-of-54 and 7-of-16 from beyond the three-point arc. Western made 7-of-14 threes in the first half, but were 0-for-2 in the second stanza. Eastern held a 48-35 rebounding edge.

Eastern raced out to a quick 8-2 lead after the first five minutes and the Eagles would built their advantage to 17-9 with 11:14 left in the half when Fouty scored on a layup.

The visitors would go on a three-point binge from that point, however, building a 28-22 lead with 4:57 left.

Eastern would withstand that surge and creep back into the game, with Fouty scoring on a layup with three seconds left to give the Eagles a 34-33 halftime lead.

Eastern would finish the first half shooting 37.8 percent from the field on 14-of-37 attempts and 2-of-5 three-point shots.  Meanwhile, Western hit 46.4 percent of their shots, making 13-of-28 and shot a blistering 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc, making 7-of-14 triples.  Eastern did hold a 21-18 rebounding advantage in the first 20 minutes.

The second half would start with both teams trading baskets through the first two minutes before the Eagles slipped away to go up by seven, 46-39, on a layup by Watkins at the 16:47 mark.

James would come up with a steal and a breakaway layup to boost EMU's lead to 13, 63-50, with 8:19 remaining.

Eastern would go on to build a 10-point lead, 56-46, on two free throws by James with 12:40 left and the Eagles would cruise the rest of the way to the victory.

Eastern will remain at home in Mid-American Conference West Division action when the Eagles host Central Michigan Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. here in the Convocation Center.

Akron def. Kent St, 68-62
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's basketball team claimed a back-and-forth battle with rival Kent State Saturday, 68-62, at James A. Rhodes Arena.

UA (8-10, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) overcame slow starts in both halves and shot 40.3-percent (25-of-62) from the field in the game. The Zips had a below average shooting night from distance, making just 5-of-23 (.217) threes. Akron did convert 19 KSU turnovers into 19 points.

The game featured four ties and seven lead changes, as Kent State (2-12, 1-3) led by as much as 10 and UA found themselves up nine on a pair of occasions.

Four Zips scored double figures, led by seniors Jasmine Mushington and Ti'eshia Stubbs who scored 15 points each. Sina King and Carly Young each added 13. Kacie Cassell dished out a season-high tying 8 assists, while King and Stubbs each pulled down six rebounds. Diamon Beckford's 21 points led Kent State.

KSU began the game on an 8-0 run, with a Ti'eshia Stubbs bucket finally putting Akron on the board 5:25 into the game. A pair of Beckford free throws increased KSU's advantage to 13-4, but the Zips rattled off the next 14 points to take a 18-13 lead. King started the run with a baseline jumper, and later added an old-fashioned 3-point play. Hanna Luburgh also contributed five points, on a lay-up and a trey, to the run. Stubbs then capped a 20-2 Akron run with back-to-back lay-ups to make the score 20-15 with 6:50 remaining in the opening period.

The Golden Flashes answered right back with a 16-5 run that gave them a 31-29 lead on Itsiar Llobet's jumper with 2:17 to play in the half. The Zips would regain the edge, 34-32, on a Luburgh jumper and a corner three from King, but Tamzin Barroilhet's lay-up once agained knotted the game, 34-34, just before halftime. King led UA with 10 first-half points and four rebounds, as Akron shot 14-of-33 (.424) in the period.

The second half had a similar start to the first half, with Kent St. scoring the first ten points after halftime to take a 44-34 lead. King got the Zips' second half going with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 14:13 to play. UA then went to the full-court press, forcing four KSU turnovers in the next two minutes and making a 10-0 run to tie the game at 47-47. After a Beckford trey once again gave KSU the lead, five straight points from Young placed Akron on top for the first time in the second half, 52-50, with 7:09 to play.

A 3-point play by Mushington extended the Zip lead to five, but Beckford would find a response. Beckford scored three straight inside buckets, the third collecting a foul, to push Kent State back ahead 57-55, with 4:31 to play. KSU then went up three, 59-56, on Jamie Hutcheson's lay-up.

Mushington fired right back, scoring on back-to-back drives to put Akron ahead 60-59. Young then moved UA ahead by five, 64-59, with her deep three with 1:04 remaining. UA sealed the win with five makes from the stripe.

The Zips look to win their third straight at Ohio on Thursday. Game-time in Athens is at 7 p.m.