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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan women’s basketball team will look to extend its win streak to five games when it hits the road on Wednesday for a Mid-American Conference game at Northern Illinois.
 
The Chippewas are coming off a 79-63 win at Buffalo. The four-time defending MAC champion Chippewas are 7-2, 5-0 league and is in first place by one-half game over second-place Kent State, which is 4-0 in conference play. CMU leads Bowling Green and Buffalo, by one game. Both are 4-1 in the league.
 
CMU is ranked seventh in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. The Chippewas’ two losses, both on the road, have come to Michigan State and Michigan. The Spartans and Wolverines are a combined 17-2; Michigan is ranked 13th by the Associated Press.
 
Watershed Game
NIU is 4-5, 2-2 and coming off a 78-71 upset of Bowling Green. It was NIU’s second-straight win and it came over a Falcon team that had been unbeaten in MAC play and entered the game tied with CMU for first place in the MAC.
 
Leaders
The Chippewas continue to be led by mid-major national player of the year candidate Micaela Kelly, the reigning MAC Player of the Year.
 
Kelly, a senior guard, is averaging 22.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. She leads CMU with 14 steals and ranks second on the team with 44 assists. Kelly is making 47.0 percent of her field goal attempts, 38.9 percent of her 3-point tries and 83.8 percent of her free throw attempts.
 
Kelly ranks third in the MAC in scoring, is sixth in field goal percentage, ninth in free throw percentage, and third in 3-pointers (3.1) per game.
 
Sophomore guard Molly Davis is CMU’s second-leading scorer at 17.1 points per game and ranks second in the MAC with 4.9 assists per game.
 
Good Numbers
Wednesday’s games pits two of the MAC’s top scoring teams. CMU ranks second in the league in with 77.8 points per game; NIU is fourth (73.3).
 
The Chippewas have made 104 3-pointers on the season, leading the MAC in that category. NIU is second with 92. CMU has made 38.0 percent of its triple tries, ranking second in the league. NIU is third (36.7 percent).
 
CMU is the MAC’s best defensive team, by percentage, from 3-point range. Opponents are making just 27.4 percent of their triple tries against the Chippewas. NIU is second in the league at 28.0 percent.
 
Scouting
Sophomore guard Chelby Koker has emerged as the Huskies’ top player, averaging 20.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She also leads the Huskies in steals with 15. She ranks sixth in the league in scoring.
 
Janae Poisson, a junior guard, is second on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game despite ranking seventh on the team in minutes per game (18.3). The leading rebounder (7.6 per game) is 6-foot-1 junior forward Mikayla Brandon.
 
Next Time
The teams are scheduled to meet in the regular-season finale on March 6 in Mount Pleasant.
 
Next
CMU returns to McGuirk Arena on Saturday (1 p.m.) to entertain Ohio in a league game. The Bobcats, who were expected to be among the teams that could contend with CMU for the MAC title, are 5-3, 3-2 and are scheduled to play Ball State at home on Wednesday.
 
 

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