Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Central Michigan 94, Dayton 91
Northern Illinois 57, Illinois St. 52
Cleveland St. 76, Ohio 64
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Junior Crystal Bradford hit a fall-away game-winning three with 0.2 seconds to cap a record-breaking 34-point performance and give Central Michigan a victory over Dayton Thursday night, 94-91.
After senior Taylor Johnson hit a three off the glass with 5.7 seconds to tie the game at 91 apiece, the Flyers (2-3) threw the ensuing inbound pass right into her arms at mid court. Bradford took a pass from Johnson, took two dribbles to her left and knocked down the game winner as she fell to the ground with 0.2 seconds left on the clock.
“This is a big moment for me,” Bradford said. “We feed off our fans' energy. I didn’t have much left, but the crowd didn’t give up on us and we did not give up on ourselves. This one ranks pretty high.”
“It's great to be home,” head coach Sue Guevara said. “This was a very exciting basketball game and I hope its one that entices our fans to come back and watch us play. Big players make big plays. You saw Crystal make a big, fat shot and you saw Taylor Johnson hit another big, fat shot.”
Before Bradford could hit her game-winning shot, the Chippewas (3-4) had to erase a late nine-point deficit after Jodie Cornelie gave the Flyers an 84-75 lead with 3:56 to play.
Junior Jas'Mine Bracey scored four-straight points for the Chippewas to pull them within five, 84-79, with 3:19 to play, but Cassie Sant extended the deficit back to seven, 86-79 with a layup with 2:23 remaining.
The Chippewas pulled within a pair, 87-85, on a perfectly executed pick and roll from junior Kerby Tamm to Johnson, but a layup by Sant and subsequent illegal screen call on Tamm forced the Chippewas to extend the game with fouls.
Amber Deane converted her first two attempts with 27 seconds left to extend Dayton’s lead to six, 91-85, but Bradford brought the ball up the court and hit a three from the left wing with 21 seconds remaining and CMU took a timeout.
Again Deane went to the line with Dayton up three, 91-88, but was unable to convert either attempt, giving the Chippewas a chance. Bradford faced a double team on the next possession and found Johnson, who hit a bank-shot three-point attempt from the left wing to tie the game, setting up the Bradford's heroics.
Bradford’s 34 points were a McGuirk Arena record and were accompanied by 12 rebounds for her 26th career double-double. She finished the night 13-of-20 from the field, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Bracey finished the evening with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Tamm and senior Niki DiGuilio each hit four three-point field goals for 12 points.
The Maroon and Gold shot 14-for-34 from behind the arc in the contest, including 9-for-21 in the first half to grab a 46-40 lead.
CMU returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 15 when it travels to South Dakota State for a 2 p.m. contest.
NORMAL, Ill. – The Northern Illinois women’s basketball grinded out its first win over Illinois State at Redbird Arena since December 2002 Thursday night as the Huskies (4-3), who led by as much as 11 points, won their second-consecutive game of the season, defeating the Redbirds (1-5), 57-52. Junior Danny Pulliam (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) scored a career-high 16 points with 10 of those coming from the free throw line.
“As one of my assistants said, we weathered the storm and I felt like that’s what we did tonight,” said Head Coach Kathi Bennett, “every time they made a run, we made a free throw or got a random basket and held them at bay.”
In their four wins this season, the Huskies have held all of their opponents under 60 points.
Illinois State came out with a hot hand as it opened the game 5-of-8 (.625) to take a 10-4 lead in the opening quarter of the first half. Following a baseline drive and a righthanded layup by Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) to make it 10-6, the Huskie defense began to clamp down on the Redbirds and went on an 8-0 run to take a 12-10 lead with 10:48 left in the stanza.
Northern Illinois’ speed and movement on and off the ball on the offensive side of the floor, created confusion for Illinois State defensively, creating open passing lanes and leading the Redbirds to foul in an attempt to close those lanes. The Redbirds committed 13 fouls in the half and put the Huskies in the double bonus with 5:52 left in the first half.
While NIU led 28-19 at halftime, it was scoring by committee as Corral, Pulliam and Natecia Augusta (Peoria, Ill./Limestone) all scored six points in the frame. As a team, NIU was 6-for-9 (.667) at the line and 11-for-23 (.478) from the field to mark the third straight period Northern Illinois shot over 47 percent from the field.
The Redbirds 19 points was the lowest point total allowed by Northern Illinois this season.
The NIU Huskies opened with that same confidence in the second half, making five of their first seven shots of the half to build an 11 point lead six minutes into the half, 38-27, their largest lead of the contest.
With both teams trading baskets, fouls and turnovers, Illinois State jumped back to within seven points, 38-31, with 13 minutes remaining. With points at premium, sophomore Alexis Lindstrom (Howards Grove, Wis./Howards Grove) hit the only three point basket of the game to put NIU back up by 10, 41-31, with 12:25 left in the game.
At the 9:01 mark and with Northern Illinois leading Illinois State, 45-36, the officials reviewed a play that resulted in at least a six minute stoppage in play. After the officials determined offsetting fouls, ISU began to grab some momentum back from NIU.
The Redbirds would not allow a Huskie field goal from the 10:01 mark to the final 1:59 of the game to go on a 10-3 run as Northern Illinois scored three from the free throw line. With 119 ticks on the clock left, Augusta broke the field goal drought on a layup, marking the Huskies first basket in 8:02. The basket pushed NIU ahead by four, 50-46.
Illinois State only made one more shot in the final two minutes of the game as Stekara Hall, who closed the game with 21 points drained the lone basket. The two teams traded free throws to close the scoring with NIU holding advantage, 57-52.
Augusta finished the game with 16 points, going 7-for-11 (.636) from the field to share the scoring lead with Pulliam. It mark the fourth-straight game, and the fifth time overall, that she had scored in double figures. She also pulled down seven rebounds. Pulliam’s 16 was a new career-high, surpassing the mark of 15 set at Illinois State her freshman year. She also had four assists and zero turnovers.
Northern Illinois now enters finals week and will not return to action until December 17, when it takes on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D. Tipoff at Frost Arena will commence at 7 p.m.
CLEVELAND - The Ohio University women's basketball team (3-4) built a 10-point first-half lead, but Cleveland State University (4-4) rallied to secure a 76-64 victory on Thursday (Dec. 5) at the Wolstein Center.
The loss marked Ohio's third straight and fourth in the last five games. The contest also marked the end of a six-game road swing for the Bobcats.
"If we can win the conference games later and learn from these losses, then it will be worth it," said first-year head coach Bob Boldon of his team's lengthy road trip. "Time will tell. It's a very, very long season."
Three players achieved double figures in scoring for Ohio, and the Bobcats won both the rebounding (51-29) and points in the paint (30-14) battles. The 51 rebounds marked the most for Ohio since the Bobcats hauled in 52 boards on Nov. 26, 2011, against Chicago State.
Unfortunately for Ohio, Cleveland State knocked down 11 treys, went 21-for-25 (84%) from the free throw line and scored 23 points off turnovers to capture the victory.
"They did a nice job," said Boldon of Cleveland State. "Cleveland State is a good team and has beaten some pretty good teams along the way. They're just a little bit better than us right now. We've got a lot of maturing to do and a lot of things to learn about the game of basketball."
Cleveland State senior forward Haley Schmitt led all scorers with 20 points and achieved a double-double with 10 rebounds. Junior forward Imani Gordon and junior guard Kiersten Green also reached double digits in scoring with 18 and 13, respectively.
Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) nailed four treys and led the Bobcats with 16 points, marking the fourth time this season she's reached double figures.
Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) achieved her first career double-double with a career-high 15 points and 11 rebounds.
"Quiera gave us a great effort tonight," said Boldon. "I'm proud of what she was able to do. She played a very good basketball game."
Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) scored 10 points, marking the third time in the last four games she has hit double digits. She also handed out a team-high four assists and hauled in seven rebounds.
Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) pulled down seven rebounds. She also scored nine points. Freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) also tallied seven rebounds. Freshman forward Jasmine Weatherspoon (Columbus, Ohio) recorded a career-high six rebounds while freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) posted five rebounds.
The Bobcats jumped out of the gate to an 11-6 lead, forcing Cleveland State to burn a timeout with 16:41 to play in the first half courtesy of two layups by Lampkins, a three and a layup by Byard and a jumper by Cooper.
Ohio's lead swelled to 10 points with just over seven minutes left in the first half as the Bobcats outscored the Vikings, 15-10, over the ensuring nine minutes. The stretch was highlighted by two layups by Lampkins, layups by Boesinger and Yelle and jumpers by Black and sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.).
It was all Cleveland State the remainder of the first half, though, as the Vikings went on a 17-5 tear to close the opening 20 minutes of play. Schmitt knocked down a three with just over two minutes to go to knot it up at 30-all, and junior guard Cori Coleman nailed another with just over a minute left to send Cleveland State into halftime holding a 33-31 edge.
Ohio opened the second half with an 8-4 run and regained the lead with 16:50 to play courtesy of a layup by Yelle.
The Vikings did not surrender, though, and built a nine-point advantage with 9:21 to play - their largest lead of the contest.
A three by Yelle and two more by Byard shaved Cleveland State's edge back to two with just over seven minutes to go.
That's as close as the Bobcats got, though, as the Vikings outscored the Bobcats, 16-6 down the final stretch.
Ohio returns home to Athens to host Notre Dame College next Saturday (Dec. 14) in its lone home game in the month of December. Tip time at the Convocation Center is scheduled for 11 a.m. EST.