Senior Tinara had 21 points and 14 rebounds in posting her seventh double-double of the season on Saturday in the Chippewas’ 88-84 victory at McGuirk Arena over Kent State.
Jan. 13, 2018
Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — When you have a starting five like the Central Michigan women’s basketball team does, scoring in double figures and limiting your opponents becomes the norm.
The Chippewas’ Mid-American Conference contest against Kent State was no exception.
CMU locked down its fifth consecutive win, topping the Golden Flashes, 88-84, on Saturday at McGuirk Arena.
It was CMU coach Sue Guevara‘s 100th career win at McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas are the lone unbeaten team in MAC play, and are ranked eighth in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.
Central Michigan (13-3, 5-0) is scheduled to travel to Northern Illinois on Wednesday (7 p.m.). The Huskies are 10-5, 2-2.
“We’re taking it one game at a time,” said Cassie Breen, who scored a team-high 26 points to lead CMU by the Golden Flashes (9-8, 2-3). “Our next game is our championship game and that’s how we take it.”
Breen, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, went 7-of-12 from 3-point range, tying her season high for triples. She led alongside fellow senior Tinara Moore, who posted 21 points and a team-high 14 rebounds. It was Moore’s seventh double-double of the season.
“It’s really important,” said Breen of the seniors leading the team. “We have a younger team and a younger starting five with (Micaela Kelly) coming in as a redshirt freshman. Leading on defense and on the court is really big for us to get the win.”
Despite CMU leading by 15 in the final four-plus minutes of the game, Kent State proved it’s not really over until the final buzzer. A steal and 3-pointer by McKenna Stephans sparked an 11-2 Kent state run, as it trimmed its deficit to four by the final buzzer.
“I just need to stay off the last four minutes. We had a 15-point lead with 4:25 to go,” CMU coach Sue Guevara said. “Defensively, at that point, we had gotten the lead and done a better job. Then we started going like the house was on fire. We took really quick shots and passing or shooting before we got the ball. I’m just really glad we were able to pull it out, because we almost gave it away.”
In addition to Moore and Breen, the Chippewas’ other three starters scored in double figures. Presley Hudson finished with 15 points, while Kelly and Reyna Frost had 12 and 11, respectively. Hudson also had six assists.
“All five of them in double figures, and listen to me,” said Guevara who was clearly not pleased with her team’s performance down the stretch. “But if we can just get past the last four minutes and 35 seconds, then I probably wouldn’t be upset. But I know what this team wants to do, so I have to do a better job at making them understand that and making them do it in practice.”
Jordan Korinek and Megan Carter combined for 55 points to lead Kent State. Korinek had 28 points while also sharing the team-lead with seven rebounds. Carter finished with 27 points.