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NCAA College Basketball News

Saturday, 10 March, 2012 2:27 PM

EMU and CMU in MAC Women's Basketball Final

Graphic credit: MAC Tournament

 

by Raymond Rolak
AmericaJR.com Web Team

 

 

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CLEVELAND -- Of course the women’s Mid-American Conference championship game will be for the title but there is much more at stake. Besides bragging rights in the State of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Central Michigan will be vying for the automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament.

Eastern Michigan (22-8) got to the final by just nipping Toledo (21-9), 59-57. Toledo had led for 39 minutes of the game but a late EMU furry got the win for the Eagles. Paige Redditt got a layup at 1:09 for the first EMU lead of the game. Tavelyn James and Natachia Watkins each had 19 for the winners.

EMU coach AnnMarie Gilbert said post game, “What a great game, I am really thrilled with the way our team played. We got outplayed for most of this game.” She added with enthusiasm, “How about those Eagles.”

The CMU women (20-14) upset Bowling Green (24-6), 69-66 in the other semi-final and had to hold on at the finish.

CMU freshman Crystal Bradford scored a game-high 20 points in the contest, including seven straight down the stretch. She also grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out eight assists.

This will be the Chippewa’s first title game since 1991. “We survived,” head coach Sue Guevara said. “I’m very happy with this team right now. Bowling Green played a hard game and they are a great program, but this is a big step for our program to get into the championship game.”

It was the youth for Central Michigan that powered the win. In addition to Bradford’s spectacular performance, freshman Jas’Mine Bracey scored 12 points and pulled down 12 boards, while sophomore Taylor Johnson finished with 14 points. Additionally sophomore Niki DiGuilio scored 12 points off the bench and freshman Jessica Green scored eight points and pulled down eight boards.

The loss for Bowling Green State University means that since 2003 they will not be in the MAC women’s finale.

Regarding EMU and CMU and the championship tilt, in the two times they faced each other this season, each team won at home. The rubber match at Quicken Loan Arena in Cleveland will be televised by Sports Time Ohio.

Related Story: University of Detroit-Mercy Goes To NCAA Big Dance

 

 

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