If you are waiting for the Central Michigan women to slow down or show their mortality in this tough stretch of opponents, you will have to wait at least a little longer. The Chippewas have faced a grueling schedule of top MAC West opponents in recent weeks and found ways to win them in convincing ways ranging from surprising blowouts to desperate play that only champions can apply to the offhand game in the dog days of January’s basketball schedule. It seems the CMU women are not content to let a single game to escape them the rest of the way as they prepare for another run in March.
Saturday afternoon was no different.
Playing in front of a rowdy packed house at McGuirk arena, the Chippewas met Toledo for an opportunity at extending their winning streak. The home crowd was certainly nervous on more than one occasion, but gritty, cerebral and tenacious play gave the Chippewas another win in the MAC and sent the Toledo Rockets back to Ohio disappointed.
The Rockets didn’t go lightly, either, as a late run had fans on the edge of their seat between pandemonious standing ovations following relentless big plays by the Chippewas. AS things appeared just about ready to be closed out, Mikayla Kelly drove down the right side of the lane and kicked the ball to Maddy Watters in the corner who passed on a three point attempt and drove to the basket, absorbing a hard foul, and putting up a contested shot that bounced and hung on the rim several times before dropping in and sending her to the line.
The crowd went wild and CMU president, Robert O. Davies, was loving every moment of it. So were the ladies of Central Michigan. The held on for another win in the MAC that puts them at 14-4 (6-0). Toledo drops to 9-7 (4-1).