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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

Bradley University senior forward Taylor Brown, who missed the entire 2010-11 season due to cardiac evaluation, led all players with 25 points and eight rebounds and helped the Braves (1-0 preseason) to an 87-77 exhibition men’s basketball victory versus NCAA Division II Wisconsin-Parkside (0-1 preseason) Tuesday night at Renaissance Coliseum. The exhibition against the Rangers also was the first game against outside competition as Bradley’s head coach for Geno Ford, who was the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year the last two seasons at Kent State.  In another debut performance, freshman guard Donivine Stewart came of the bench to contribute 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the field, while dishing out a game-high six assists against no turnovers, and pulling down four rebounds. Bradley shot 52.5 percent (31-59) from the field and turned 16 offensive rebounds into 24 second-chance points.  The Braves also forced 19 turnovers and turned the UW-Parkside miscues into 26 points.

-Bob

Geno Ford, the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year the last two seasons at Kent State University, will become the 13th head coach in Bradley Basketball history when he is formally introduced to the public during a noon press conference Monday in the Renaissance Coliseum arena. “I am ecstatic to work at such a great institution with such a rich basketball history,” said Ford.  “The passionate Bradley fan base, academic excellence and exceptional facilities will give us an opportunity to compete at the highest levels of the Missouri Valley Conference. Ford produced a 68-37 (.648) record in his three seasons at Kent State, including a 35-13 (.729) ledger in the Mid-American Conference.  In addition to his two MAC Coach-of-the-Year Awards, Ford was the 2009 NABC District 14 Coach of the Year.  Including previous head coaching stints at NAIA Shawnee State (22-10 in 2001-02) and NCAA Division III Muskingum (29-22 from 2005-07), Ford comes to Bradley with a six-year career record of 119-69 (.633).

One of the most prolific scorers in Ohio High School history, Ford was tabbed “Mr. Basketball” in 1993 by the Ohio Associated Press following his senior season at Cambridge High School in which he averaged 35.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.  Playing for his father, Gene, the 5-foot-8 guard poured in 2,680 career points, ranking him third all-time in the state, 34 points better than current NBA superstar LeBron James (2,646). Ford and his wife, Traci, are the parents of two sons:  Darin (15) and David (7).

-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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