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Women's Basketball Rolls Past Chicago State, 80-38

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 12/08/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan (3-6) raced out to a 15-0 lead and never looked back, posting the program's biggest win since the 1977-78 season in a 42-point, 80-38, victory over Chicago State Saturday.

Coming off a five-game road trip, the Broncos did not disappoint on their home court, setting team season highs for points scored (80), assists (23), steals (18) and field goal percentage (44.1%). WMU also had its best defensive effort, allowing the fewest points of the year (38) and holding the Cougars to a 25.5 field goal percentage.

Sophomore forward Marquisha Harris had her second straight career game, totaling a personal-best and game-high 18 points after scoring 12 points at IUPUI Wednesday. Sophomore A.J. Johnson tallied 16 points and seven steals, both of which were career highs.

Freshman forward Miracle Woods recorded her second double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior guard Corie Buchanan dished out a season-high eight assists, one shy of her career high.

"It was a selfless game, that is what it felt like to me as it was unfolding," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "What set the tone was in the beginning when we picked up charges early on their drivers. That is something our team has somewhat been unwilling to do, but today we got in and picked up the calls. That is what to me set the tone in what I am calling the most selfless game we played to date."

The Brown & Gold bench made its biggest contribution of the season, totaling 37 points. Twelve of the 13 Broncos that played reached the scoring column.

Western Michigan dominated the rebounding margin, 49-26, and outscored the Cougars on the break, 14-0.

WMU held Chicago State (1-7) scoreless until the 13:55 mark of the first half and led 45-16 at halftime.

The win snapped a four-game skid for the Broncos and a two-game losing streak against Chicago State. The 42-point victory was the largest since defeating Western Ontario by 47, 96-49, in 1977-78.

Tierra Williams led the Cougars with 14 points. Former Bronco Jazzmyn Harvey hit two three pointers and finished with nine points. Harvey played her freshman season at WMU in 2008-09.

WMU will take a week break for finals and then travels to in-state Big Ten rival Michigan, next Saturday, Dec. 15, for a 2 p.m. contest. It will be Western Michigan's sixth road game in a stretch of seven games.