MI Herald Tribune: 2020 MAC Women’s Basketball Top Performers

As the NCAA basketball regular season comes to a close for the women of the Mid-American Conference, we have finalized our first and second team awards, as well as superlatives from the league’s best players and arenas.

First Team

G – Molly Davis (CMU)
G – Micaela Kelly (CMU)
G – Jordan Walker (WMU)
F – Breanna Mobley (WMU)
C – Kyra Bussell (CMU)

Second Team

G – Jenna Annecchiarico (EMU)
G – Maddy Watters (CMU)
F – Areanna Combs (EMU)
F – Leighah-Amori Wool (WMU)
C – Gabrielle Bird (CMU)

Unsurprisingly, all five starters from the MAC-leading Central Michigan Chippewas are represented between our first and second teams. The Chips boast a conference best 21-4 (14-0) record at the time of publishing and have three players in contention for our All-Michigan MAC Offensive POY. Western Michigan 15-10 (8-6) is represented with three players of their own and Eastern Michigan 13-12 (8-6) rounds out the list with two.

Player Superlatives

Best 3-point Shooter: Molly Davis & Maddy Watters (CMU)
Best Finisher: Breanna Mobley (WMU) & Molly Davis (CMU)
Best Slasher: Micaela Kelly (CMU) & Jordan Walker (WMU)
Best Rebounder: Breanna Mobley (WMU)
Best Passer: Jenna Annecchiarico (EMU)

Several players competed in a few categories and the comparisons were too close to only name one winner. One thing is for sure, Michigan owns the MAC and while CMU is the clear favorite going into the conference tournament, EMU and WMU have the tools to make runs as well.

Players of the Year

Offensive POY: Micaela Kelly (CMU)
Kelly established herself as the presumptive POY early in the year and hasn’t looked back since. Nonetheless, it is impressive that she was able to hold off incredible competition for the award, even on her own roster. Kelly leads the MAC in points and assists. She also ranks 5th in rebounding in Michigan MAC schools and 15th overall in the MAC.
Honorable Mention: Molly Davis (CMU), Jordan Walker (WMU) & Kyra Bussell (CMU)

Defensive POY: Breanna Mobley (WMU)
Breanna Mobley has dominated all season on the defensive end. She has put together an impressive resume, leading the conference with her rebounding dominance and is third overall in the MAC for blocked shots (1st in Michigan MAC).
Honorable Mention: Kyra Bussell (CMU)

Team Superlatives

Best Concessions: Western Michigan University
Bacon Cheeseburgers, Italian Sausage and delicious soft pretzels. The food at WMU has all the stadium favorites, but without the usually disappointing gameday quality. Plus: did we mention Bacon Cheeseburgers?
Best Parking: Eastern Michigan University
While CMU has an adjacent parking lot and WMU offers a shuttle to the game, Eastern Michigan offers the most and closest parking for those attending games.
Best Arena: Eastern Michigan University
The Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, MI is undoubtedly a beautiful and well kept space. The large Jumbotron over center court sets the scene for the nicest MAC arena in Michigan.
Best Timeout Entertainment: Central Michigan University
It doesn’t get much better than Central Michigan University’s timeout entertainment. All the usual suspects are there (Trivia, basketball shell game and various shooting competitions), but our personal favorite is the Buffalo Wild Wings Chicken Chuckin’ contest where a contestant slingshots a rubber chicken from half court.
Best Shooting: Central Michigan University
The Chippewas can shoot from behind the arch up and down the lineup. The Chips make it rain from deep and the crowd at McGuirk loves it. The Chips also boast some of the MAC’s best finishers on dribble drives to the rim. If you want to see electric offense, attend a game at McGuirk.
Best Game Atmosphere: Central Michigan University
It is rare that a women’s sports team outdraws their male counterpart, but the CMU women routinely accomplish this rare feat and regularly pack McGuirk Arena to the rafters with a rowdy and raucous crowd. If you see only one Michigan MAC basketball game, you can not do better than cheering on the CMU women at McGuirk.

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