Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The best season in Central Michigan women’s basketball history has culminated with the highest ranking in program history.
The Chippewas finished 20th in the final USA Today women’s basketball Top 25 coaches poll, which was released on Monday. CMU was the highest-ranked of the three teams representing mid-major conferences.
“Considering all that Team 50 accomplished and to be recognized for our play in the postseason and throughout the course of the entire season, it’s a really nice feather in our program’s cap,” CMU coach Sue Guevara said. “For us to be in the top 20, it’s a good benchmark and something we’ll continue to strive for.”
The Chippewas won a program-record 30 games this season and reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. They won the first two NCAA Tournament games in program history en route to their finish.
CMU was seeded 11th in its region for the tournament and upset sixth-seeded LSU and third-seeded Ohio State before falling to second-seeded Oregon.
They also won the Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament titles. It was CMU’s second consecutive league regular-season crown, marking the first time the program has accomplished that feat since 1984-85.
Notre Dame, which defeated Mississippi State on Sunday night in the national championship game, finished first in the poll, while the Bulldogs were second.
Buffalo, which finished runner-up to CMU in the MAC regular-season standings and lost to the Chippewas in the MAC Tournament game, finished 21st in the poll. Florida Gulf Coast, which is 25th, is the only other school in the poll representing a mid-major conference.