MAC Women's Basketball Third Round Preview

Updated 3/14/2013


No. 4 Central Michigan vs No. 5 Bowling Green  
12 PM • Bowling Green leads 46-14
Tournament Series: Bowling Green 5-3
• CMU is seeking its first MAC Tournament championship since 1984 when it defeated Toledo, 71-55...The Chippewas went 6-4 during the regular season versus the seven other teams to advance to Cleveland...Sophomore Crystal Bradford was the only player in the conference to lead her team in all five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, steals, assists and blocks)...Bradford was honored by being named to the All- MAC first team for the first time in her career...CMU advanced to the championship of last season’s MAC Tournament, falling to Eastern Michigan, 72-71...CMU is 20-28 all-time in the MAC Tournament...CMU went a perfect 11-0 during the regular season when allowing fewer than 60 points...Coach Guevara is 7-5 in MAC Tournament play.
• The Falcons are coming off a 55-53 win over Western Michigan on Wednesday afternoon (March 13), in MAC Tournament second-round action at “The Q” ...BGSU built an 18-point halftime lead, then held off a spirited WMU second-half comeback to survive and move on...Juniors Alexis Rogers and Jill Stein tied for team scoring honors, with 11 points apiece vs. the Broncos ... Rogers had nine of her points in the opening period, as the Brown and Orange surged to a 37-19 lead at the half ... Stein scored eight of BG’s second-half points, making three of the team’s six field goals after the break...Stein tied her career scoring high vs. the Broncos ... she scored 11 points in the Falcons’ lopsided home win vs. Colorado State earlier this season (Dec. 1, 2012).
No. 3 Akron vs. No. 7 Buffalo
2:30 PM • Central Michigan leads 16-20
Tournament Series: Akron leads 2-1
• Akron is 5-17 all-time in MAC Tournament games dating back to 1995. Four of its five wins have come when UA is the higher seed, and two of the wins are against Buffalo... Rachel Tecca was named the program’s first ever MAC Player of the Year  on Tuesday, edging out Toledo’s Naama Shafir, Central Michigan’s Crystal Bradford, and Miami (Ohio)’s Courtney Osborn. This is the first time in the history of the program Akron has fielded a Player of the Year... Akron has relied on a six-player rotation for the majority of the season, starting the same five in 28 of its 29 games and bringing Carly Young in as the first off the bench. Those six players have combined to outscore UA’s opponents by 119 points on their own, accounting for 92.5 percent of the Zips’ offensive production.
• Freshman guard Mackenzie Loesing scored a career-high 24 points in UB’s win over Miami (OH), the highest scoring total by a UB player this season. Loesing scored 19 of her points in the second half, including going 3-for-5 from behind the arc. The 24 points scored by Loesing are the most by a UB freshman since Heather Turner had 24 against Miami on February 23, 2005 against Miami. Loesing has now scored in double figures in eight straight games and has scored 20 or more points four times. The Best Things In Life Are Free: The Bulls went to the free throw line 27 times against the RedHawks, converting on 20 of them. Junior Margeaux Gupilan went 6-for-7 from the free throw line, hitting six in a row in the final 3:30 of the game. The Bulls hit their final eight free throws on the day. This was the second straight tournament game that Buffalo went 20-of-27 from the free throw line and are now 40-of-54 in tournament play. Redshirt sophomore Kristen Sharkey went 6-for-6 from the free throw line, while fellow post players Christa Baccas and Cherridy Thornton each were perfect from the charity stripe.