Wednesday's Women's Basketball Preview

Updated 12/5/2012


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Green Bay (5-1, 0-0 Horizon) at Central Michigan (2-4, 0-0 MAC)
12 PM • First Meeting
• The Chippewas are in the midst of a stretch in which they play five straight contests against opponents that appeared in the NCAA Tournament last season. As a result, CMU’s strength of schedule is currently ranked second in the country by Eight players enter Wednesday’s game averaging at least 10 minutes per game for the Chippewas as they have showed off their depth through the first five games of the season. The CMU bench has outscored its opponent in each game this season and holds a 199-105 overall advantage.  CMU outscored Purdue’s bench Sunday, 45-25. 
Butler (3-4, 0-0 A-10) at Bowling Green (4-3, 0-0 MAC)
7 PM • Series tied 3-3
• The Falcons scored the first 15 points of the game on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 1), taking control early en route to a 71-49 win over Colorado State ...  BGSU held the Rams to just four first-half field goals, and had a 31-14 lead at the break ... the visitors shot just 21.1 percent from the field in the opening half, and BG held a 28-13 rebounding advantage in the first 20 minutes.  For the game, the Falcons outrebounded the Rams by a 48-31 count, with point guard Jillian Halfhill leading the way ... the 5-6 junior had the first double-double of her career, scoring 10 points and obliterating her previous rebounding high with 13 ... her prior best had been six rebounds, set seven days earlier against another Mountain West Conference team (UNLV) ... on Saturday, Halfhill had eight rebounds in the first half alone.
St. Bonaventure (4-5, 0-0 A-10) at Buffalo (1-7, 0-0 MAC)
7 PM • Buffalo trails 15-8
• The Bulls return home as they begin a season-long four-game homestand, beginning tonight against St. Bonaventure.  The Bulls are still looking for their second victory of the season and looking for their first victory over the Bonnies since 2006.  UB put up a season-high 46 points in the second half against Bucknell on Saturday night.  That’s Fresh: The Bulls are being led in scoring by a pair of freshmen in Rachael Gregory and Mackenzie Loesing.  Buffalo is currently just one of three schools in the country to have their top two scorers be true freshmen.  Weber State currently has its top four scorers all freshmen, while Oakland University has freshmen as its top three scorers. 
Western Michigan (2-5, 0-0 MAC) at IUPUI (4-4, 0-0 Summit)
7 PM • Series tied 1-1
• The Broncos come into Wednesday’s match-up with a 2-5 record after suffering three straight losses against Tulane, Detroit and Oakland.  Three players are scoring in double figures for the Broncos led by Aurielle Anderson’s 11.9 ppg. Corie Buchanan and Miracle Woods are the other double-figure scorers at 10.4 ppg and 10.1 ppg, respectively.  As a team, the Broncos are shooting 36.1 percent from the floor compared to 43.2 percent for their opponents. The same holds true from behind-the-arc as WMU is shooting 30.3 percent compared to 44.2 percent for its opponents.  Julia Henson’s is the team’s top threat from deep hitting 11-of-21 shots from three (52.4 percent). 
Akron (6-1, 0-0 MAC) at George Mason (4-2, 0-0 Colonial)
7 PM • First Meeting
• Point guard Kacie Cassell dished out eight assists without a single turnover in 39 minutes played. She currently ranks ninth in the nation in assists per game and has the fourth-best assists per game average among all junior guards in the country.  UA is off to its best start (6-1) since the 1995-96 season. That year the Zips got off to a red-hot 9-1 start, but finished the season .500 at 13-13 (7-11 MAC).  Jodi Kest has now won more games as head coach than any Akron women’s basketball coach in the history of the program.