Category: Chippewas

Bradley University used its best rebounding game in eight years and improved to 3-0 for the third consecutive year, out-muscling Central Michigan for an 80-70 win Tuesday night at Carver Arena. Senior forward Tyshon Pickett led the charge with 19 points and a career-best 12 rebounds for his second double-double in three games. Auston Barnes, who began his college as a walk-on at Central Michigan from 2010-12, added a double-double of his own with career-highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while junior center Chris Blake added a third double-digit rebounder with 10 boards. Even point guard Walt Lemon Jr. got in on the act by adding eight rebounds to his team-leading 20 points. Omari Grier was Bradley’s fourth double-digit scorer with 12 points. Chris Fowler led Central Michigan with 20 points. John Simons added 14 and a team-best six rebounds for the Chippewas, while Austin Keel chipped in 15 points. With his 15th career 20-point game, Lemon became the 31st player in Bradley history to reach 1,200 career points, pushing his total to 1,201 in his 101st career game.

-Bob



Central Michigan had four players score in double figures and the Chippewas shot 54.5 percent from the field in the second half to pull away from Bradley in the final 20 minutes and top the Braves 73-58 Friday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum. Junior guard Catie O’Leary scored a game-high 17 points and senior Katie Yohn turned in her first career double-double with 13 points and career-high 14 rebounds to lead Bradley (0-1 overall).  Junior Alyson Spinas-Valainis matched a career-best with eight points in her first career start and fellow junior Kelly Frings chipped in with nine points off the bench. Central Michigan scored on 10 consecutive possessions, extending the advantage to 15 points (64-49) with just under six minutes left on the clock and held a 16-point advantage with four and a half minutes remaining. Bradley cut the CMU advantage to 10 points on a Frings’ three-pointer with 58 seconds left, but got no closer down the stretch as the Chippewas took the opener 73-58.  Bradley shot 26.8 percent from the field in the second half and finished the contest shooting 29.9 percent. The crowd of 1,474 on hand as part of Field Trip Day presented by Applebee’s was the largest crowd for a Bradley home opener since drawing 2,068 fans for the 2005-06 season opener. Final game stats.

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-Bob

Illinois State advanced to the second round of the WNIT for the third-consecutive year Thursday night as the Redbirds beat Central Michigan, 72-59, on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. ISU (21-10) remained undefeated at home in 2011, extending its home-court win streak to a program-best 15 consecutive games. ISU’s defense held Central Michigan to its second-lowest point total of the season, forcing the Chippewas to commit 23 turnovers. Illinois State also teamed up to block eight shots, which tied for the second-most blocks by the Redbirds in a WNIT game. ISU shot 48 percent from the field, while Central Michigan shot 29 percent.

Kenyatta Shelton led Illinois State with a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double. Shelton has now grabbed 12 or more rebounds in three of the four WNIT games she has played in. Additionally, Shelton blocked four shots, which tied for the second-most blocks in a Redbird WNIT game. Shelton was also credited with four blocks against Rice in 2007Shala Jackson was ISU’s top scorer, netting 19 points, while Katie Broadway scored 18.

-Bob

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