Central Michigan Pulls Away in Second Half, Defeats WMU 77-53
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan trailed 38-35 at halftime, but fell by a 77-53 final to Mid-American Conference West division rival Central Michigan Wednesday at University Arena.
Freshman Miracle Woods led WMU at the half with 16 points and finished with a career-high 19 points, adding eight rebounds in the loss. Sophomore A.J. Johnson totaled a career-high 11 rebounds (all on the defensive end) and was a bucket shy of a double-double with eight points.
The Broncos were able to work the ball inside in the first half, shooting 44.8 percent from the field, but were forced outside in the second, shooting just 29.2 percent. WMU hit 37.7 percent for the game.
The Chippewas also forced WMU into 15 of its 23 turnovers in the second half, which they converted into 18 points.
CMU suffered a big blow a little over three minutes into the second period when Jessica Green, who led her team with 14 points at halftime, went down with a knee injury.
The Broncos trailed by only four, 49-45, with 12:50 remaining, and watched the game slip away as Central Michigan closed out with a 28-8 run.
Crystal Bradford had a game-high 21 points for Central Michigan and grabbed 10 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season. Green had 16 points before leaving the game. Brandie Baker chipped in 11 points and five rebounds for the Chippewas.
CMU improved to 16-9 overall and 10-2 in the MAC, while WMU fell to 9-16, 5-7 in conference play, with four games left in the regular season.
The Broncos travel to Eastern Michigan (6-19, 4-8 MAC) Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. tip off. WMU maintains a one-game lead over the Eagles in the West standings and sits in fourth place in the division after EMU's 56-34 loss at Ball State Wednesday.