Courtesy of Central Michigan Sports Information
Central Michigan 96, Robert Morris 56
MOUNT PLEASANT - Junior Niki DiGuilio hit a career-high seven three-point field goals and Central Michigan set a new program record for threes made in a game as the Chippewas defeated Robert Morris inside McGuirk Arena Monday night, 96-56.
The Chippewas (4-4) knocked down 16 threes in the game, with 12 of them coming from DiGuilio and sophomore guard Kerby Tamm, breaking the previous mark of 15 set last season versus Southeast Missouri State. The record has been set every year under head coach Sue Guevara's tenure.
DiGuilio finished the night with a season-high 22 points in just 18 minutes of play off the bench, knocking down five consecutive three-point attempts in the second half. The Maroon and Gold's bench outscored the Colonials (0-9) 58-10 in the contest, as junior Taylor Johnson also scored in double figures with 14.
CMU was off and running from the start, starting the game on a 10-0 run that included athree from Tamm, a pair of layups from sophomore Jessica Green and a jumper by senior Brandie Baker. After the Colonials pulled within two, 15-13, with 13:32 to play in the first half, the Chippewas went on a 16-0 run in which they hit 7-of-9 field goal attempts and assisted on all but one of them.
While the offense was on fire, the Chippewas' menacing defense forced 15 turnovers in the first half which helped spark a run-and-gun offense that scored 20 fastbreak points in the first 20 minutes. CMU led by 20 at the half, 47-27.
After a pair of missed layups and a pair of turnovers to start the second half, the Chippewas' offense got back on track, hitting seven of its next 10 shots topush the lead to 69-45 with 10:40 to play in the game. CMU went over the 70-point mark on a three by Tamm, the 80-point mark on a layup by senior Jalisa Olive and eclipsed 90 points when DiGuilio hit her seventh three of the game.
Johnson hit the record breaking three with 1:31 to play in the game to give the Chippewas a 93-54 advantage and their largest lead came when DiGuilio made a free throwwith 17 seconds to extend the it to 96-54.
CMU finished the game shooting 45.7 percent (16-for-35) from behind the arc and 51.5 percent (34-for-66) from the floor. Sharing the ball was the name of the game as the Chippewas finished with a season-high 26 assists on their 34 field goals, led by Baker with six.
Four players scored in double figures as Tamm finished with 15 and Green 12, while Johnson had her third double-double of the season by pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds.
Artemis Spanou led the Colonials with 22 points and 17 rebounds while Ashley Ravelli had 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting from long range.
The Chippewas will play in a pair of holiday tournaments over the winter break, starting with the Gator Holiday Classic in Gainesville, Fla. The tournament opens with the Chippewas taking on Saint Joseph's Thursday at 4:30. CMU will play Florida or Savannah State in the second game of the tournament.