12 Teams/12 Days: Central Michigan Chippewas

Updated 11/6/2013


2013-14 Central Michigan Women's Basketball Season Preview
Courtesy of Central Michigan Athletic Communications
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Expectations are higher than ever for head coach Sue Guevara and the Central Michigan women’s basketball program in her seventh season at the helm. 
After earning their first Mid-American Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance in nearly 30 years, the Chippewas were a unanimous choice to win the West Division and were picked to repeat as MAC Tournament champs in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll. 
The Maroon and Gold return 10 letter winners and three starters from last season’s championship squad, including preseason All-MAC West Team selections Crystal Bradford and Jessica Green. 
The two rising juniors spent their “offseason” in very different ways as Bradford earned a gold medal with the United States World University Games and Green rehabbed a knee injury that forced her to miss the final seven games of last season. 
Bradford led the Chippewas in scoring (16.1), rebounds (9.9) and blocks (1.8) last season and set program postseason records with 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals versus Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She was named All-MAC First Team and went on to earn MAC Tournament MVP honors. Green averaged 11.8 points and a team-best 2.2 steals per game, with a career-best 36 percent three-point shooting percentage to earn All-MAC Third Team honors.  
“I just want to stay healthy for the whole season,” Green said. “I’d really like to play in the MAC Tournament. Our goal is get farther than we did last year. We made the tournament last year, but we want to make a name for ourselves here at Central Michigan and put on a good show for our fans.” 
Experience and veteran leadership will be pivotal to the Chippewas’ success as seniors Niki DiGuilio, the 2010 MAC Freshman of the Year, and Taylor Johnson, the 2010 MAC Sixth Player of the Year, look to close out their prestigious careers with another championship. DiGuilio is on pace to becoming the program’s all-time leader in made three-point field goals, entering the season just 42 shy. 
Senior Jordan LaDuke and junior Kerby Tamm, both in their third season with the program, will also be relied on heavily to provide veteran leadership through a brutal non-conference schedule. Tamm posted the fourth best three-point shooting percentage in program history last season, knocking down 41.7 percent of her attempts. Junior Jas’Mine Bracey, a 2011 MAC All-Freshmen Team selection, will lead the Chippewas’ frontcourt with her career 8.0 points and 6.1 rebounds average. 
“Our team chemistry is going to help a lot,” Green said. “Our chemistry helps us click on and off the court. Everything comes together and we feel good about ourselves afterwards. Good chemistry brings a good team.” 
The Chippewas battled through a rigorous non-conference schedule last season that prepared them for the MAC season and will take the road less traveled by many schools again this year. Six of the Chippewas’ 12 non-conference games will be against teams currently ranked in the top 25 nationally, while 10 of the 12 games will be against teams that appeared in a postseason tournament last season. 
After opening the season at UMASS, CMU will travel to No. 7 Kentucky for the first of the six games versus nationally ranked foes. The Chippewas will also play No. 2 Duke, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 14 Dayton twice and No. 18 Purdue prior to MAC play.
“We have to be challenged if we are going to get past the first round of the NCAA Tournament,” Guevara said. “There is a method to our madness, but I just know this is what our basketball teams needs and wants.” 
Sophomore Da’Jourie Turner is expected to step into a key backcourt role after appearing in 22 games as a true freshman and will be joined by redshirt freshman Jewel Cotton, who was named the team’s Most Improved Player and Practice Player of the Year last season. Sophomore Chelsea Lynn also returns for CMU after playing in 14 games as a true freshman and will bolster the CMU frontcourt. 
CMU opens the regular season Sunday, Nov. 10 at UMASS at 1 p.m. The game will be the first of six away from McGuirk Arena, including three at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands Nov. 28-30. The Chippewas’ home opener will be Thursday, Dec. 5 versus No. 14 Dayton. 


2012-13 Record 21-12, 12-4 MAC (t-2nd/West)  
2013 Postseason MAC Tournament Champs/NCAA First Round  
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2  
Letterwinners Returning/Lost 10/3  
Newcomers 4  
University Quick Facts    
Founded 1892  
Location Mount Pleasant, Michigan  
Enrollment 27,693  
Nickname Chippewas  
Colors Maroon and Gold  
President Dr. George E. Ross  
Athletics Director Dave Heeke  
Senior Woman Administrator Marcy Weston  
Faculty Representative Dr. Kevin Love  
Conference Mid-American Conference/West  
Arena (Capacity) McGuirk Arena (5,300)  
Press Row N/A  
Website www.cmuchippewas.com  
Women’s Basketball Quick Facts    
Head Coach Sue Guevara  
Alma Mater Saginaw Valley State ‘82  
Record at Central Michigan 97-94 (Seventh Season)  
Career Record 220-176 (14th Season)  
MAC Record 50-45  
Associate Head Coach Heather Oesterle  
Alma Mater Michigan ‘02  
Assistant Coach Raina Harmon  
Alma Mater Central Michigan ‘04  
Assistant Coach Andrew Wodrich  
Alma Mater Bethel ‘07  
Director of Basketball Operations Phil Wendland  
Alma Mater Michigan ‘09  
Program History    
First Year of Women’s Basketball 1969-70  
All-Time Record 546-584   
Overall Record Since Joining MAC (Years) 435-488 (33rd Season)  
All-Time MAC Record 242-292  
NCAA Championship Appearances Three (1983, 84, 2013)  
NCAA Championship Record 0-3  
WNIT Appearances    Two (2011, 12)  
WNIT Record 0-2  
MAC Tournament Titles Three (1983, 84, 2013)  
MAC Regular Season Titles Two (1984, 85)  
MAC Divisional Titles None  
MAC Players of the Year (Most Recent) None  
MAC Freshmen of the Year (Most Recent) Three (Niki DiGuilio, 2011)  
MAC Coaches of Year (Most Recent) Two (Donita Davenport, 1985)  
Defensive Players of the Year (Most Recent) None  
Sixth-Player Award (Most Recent) Two (Jalisa Oliver, 2012)  
2013-2014 Schedule    
Sun., Nov 10 at Massachusetts  1:00 PM
Sun., Nov 17 at Kentucky  2:00 PM
Thu., Nov 21 at Marquette  8:00 PM
Thu., Nov 28 vs. Kansas !  4:30 PM
Fri., Nov 29 vs. Duke !  2:15 PM
Sat., Nov 30 vs. Xavier !  2:15 PM
Thu., Dec 05 Dayton  7:00 PM
Sun., Dec 15 at South Dakota State  2:00 PM
Wed., Dec 18 Prairie View A&M  12:00 PM
Sun., Dec 22 at Notre Dame  2:00 PM
Sat., Dec 28 at Purdue  2:00 PM
Mon., Dec 30 at Dayton  7:00 PM
Sat., Jan 04 Toledo *  2:00 PM
Thu., Jan 09 at Akron *  7:00 PM
Sun., Jan 12 at Buffalo *  2:00 PM
Wed., Jan 15 Northern Illinois *  7:00 PM
Sat., Jan 18 Bowling Green *  2:00 PM
Wed., Jan 22 at Kent State *  7:00 PM
Sat., Jan 25 at Western Michigan *  2:00 PM
Thu., Jan 30 Eastern Michigan *  7:00 PM
Sun., Feb 02 Ohio *  2:00 PM
Thu., Feb 06 at Ball State *  7:00 PM
Sun., Feb 09 Buffalo *  2:00 PM
Sat., Feb 15 Miami *  2:00 PM
Wed., Feb 19 at Bowling Green *  7:00 PM
Sat., Feb 22 at Northern Illinois *  8:00 PM
Thu., Feb 27 Ball State *  7:00 PM
Sun., Mar 02 at Toledo *  2:00 PM
Wed., Mar 05 Western Michigan *  7:00 PM
Sat., Mar 08 at Eastern Michigan *  2:00 PM
Mon., Mar. 10 MAC Tournament First Round $ TBA
Wed., Mar. 12  MAC Tournament Second Round %  TBA
Thu., Mar. 13 MAC Tournament Third Round % TBA
Fri., Mar. 14 MAC Tournament Semilfinals % TBA
Sat., Mar. 15 MAC Championship% TBA
All Times EST and subject to change    
! Paradise Jam    
* Denotes Mid-American Conference Game    
$ Hosted By Seeds 5, 6, 7, 8    
% at Cleveland, Ohio (Quicken Loans Arena)