Friday's MAC Women's Semifinals Preview

Updated 3/15/2013


No. 4 Central Michigan vs No. 1 Toledo  
12 PM • Toledo leads 43-27
Tournament Series: Toledo leads 6-3
TV Coverage: SportsTime Ohio/Comcast Michigan/ESPN3
• Central Michigan forced a season-high 34 turnovers and tied the third best single-game mark in program history with 22 steals in Thursday’s 81-48 win over Bowling Green. CMU capitalized on the Falcons’ mistakes, turning the 34 turnovers into 39 points...After falling behind by two, 7-5, at the 15:40 mark of the first half, Central Michigan held BGSU to just one field goal over a stretch of 11:05 to go on a 32-3 run.  The Chippewas forced 14 turnovers during he 11-minute stretch and at one point held the Falcons without a field goal attempt for 3:34...Sophomore Crystal Bradford picked up right where she left off last season in Quick Loans Arena, scoring a game-high 23 points Thursday. Bradford averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds in four games at “The Q” last season en route to earning All-Tournament honors.
•. Top seed Toledo (27-2) will begin its journey to claim the 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament crown against No. 4 seed Central Michigan (19-11) this afternoon in the semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon and will be televised on SportsTime..Ohio (STO) with Mike Cairns providing the play-by-play and Jacki Windon serving as the analyst...This season marks the second time in the last three years and eighth time in school history that the Rockets are the No. 1 seed in the conference tourney...Toledo enters the postseason event in the midst of a 15-game win streak, tied for the second-longest unbeaten stretch in school history, to claim its second MAC regular-season crown in the last three years and fourth-consecutive MAC West Division title.
No. 3 Akron vs. No. 2 Ball State
2:30 PM • Ball State leads 17-12
Tournament Series: Ball State leads 2-0
TV Coverage: SportsTime Ohio/Comcast Indiana/ESPN3
• Akron advanced to the semifinals by way of an 83-79 victory over Buffalo Thursday afternoon...The victory ties the Zips’ longest winning streak of the season at five games. UA has also won 10 out of its last 11 contests...Kacie Cassell recorded the first double-double of her career with 12 points and 12 assists without a turnover in 40 minutes of action. Her 12 dimes tied the school record for most in a single game. The national leader in assists needs just six more to surpass Akron’s all-time career mark...Hanna Luburgh led five Zips that scored in double figures with 22 points, adding eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sina King chipped in 19 points and seven rebounds...MAC Player of the Year Rachel Tecca was one rebound short of a double-double, continuing her double-figure scoring streak with 13 points. The forward has reached double digits in all 30 of Akron’s games this season, including 16 20-plus point peformances and six double-doubles. She needs just five points to break the school’s single-season scoring record.
• Ball State and Akron have met twice previously in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.   Both games were at campus sites in 2005 and 2006.  The Cardinals won in 2005 (72-64) and in 2006 (71-46).  The most recent meeting was at Worthen Arena and pitted the 17-11 Cardinals against the 5-23 Zips.  The Cardinals forced 16 turnovers in that game while holding Akron to 32 percent shooting from the field.  Ball State was led by Raechelle Hampton’s 11 points and five rebounds.  Tina Bolte also scored 14 points.  The Cardinals only committed 10 fouls in the game.  In the Mid-American Conference Tournament’s current format, the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds have met in the semifinals all three years.  The No. 2 seed is 3-0 in those games.  Since 2000, only six lower seeded teams have won a semifinal game.  That includes Ball State’s 93-84 upset of Miami in 2003.  That year the Cardinals were the No. 3 seed and the RedHawks were the two.  Ball State went on to lose to Western Michigan in the championship.