Women's Basketball Unveils Full Schedule

Senior guard Presley Hudson and her Chippewa teammates open defense of their Mid-American Conference regular-season championship on Jan. 5, 2019, at McGuirk Arena against Akron.
Senior guard Presley Hudson and her Chippewa teammates open defense of their Mid-American Conference regular-season championship on Jan. 5, 2019, at McGuirk Arena against Akron.
Aug. 1, 2018

Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Tough nonconference. Tough in the conference. Tough any way you cut it.

“Central Michigan women’s basketball players wouldn’t want it any other way,” coach Sue Guevara said on Wednesday as the Chippewas unveiled the 2018-19 schedule.

There will be no nights off as the Chippewas defend their Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and set their sights on matching the excitement they created last March in reaching the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history and winning a program-record 30 games.

“It’s the march to March, and it’s (about) being on your A game day after day because March is going to be right around the corner,” said Guevara, who is beginning her 12th year in charge of the program.

After an ultra-challenging 12-game nonconference schedule that features 2017 Final Four participant Louisville among six opponents that reached the NCAA Tournament a year ago, the Chippewas open MAC play at home on Jan. 5, 2019 against Akron.

The Chippewas, everybody’s red-letter date in the MAC, are scheduled to face West Division rivals Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Northern Illinois and Toledo in the customary home-and-homes, and will square off against defending East champion Buffalo twice in a two-week span in February.

The Bulls, like CMU, made the Sweet Sixteen a year ago after falling to the Chippewas in the championship game of the MAC Tournament. Buffalo was the lone MAC team to defeat CMU in 2017-18.

“Somebody asked me who was going to be tough in the conference and I just kind of laughed and said, ‘You know what? I guess I have to figure out who’s not going to be tough,’” said Guevara, who has led CMU to back-to-back MAC regular-season championships and three consecutive West crowns while amassing a 46-8 conference record in that span.

“The styles have changed, the recruiting has improved and we have coaches who develop players. Our league has continued to get better and better. That’s why we had two in the big dance last year. It’s a tough, tough conference and that’s why we have to have the nonconference schedule that we do.”

In addition to Louisville, which CMU will play at McGuirk Arena on Dec. 20, the Chippewas’ nonleague opponents who made the NCAA Tournament a year ago are South Dakota State, Western Kentucky, Virginia, Quinnipiac and Miami (Fla.).

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2018-19 CMU women’s basketball schedule
Nov. 1 Northwood (exhibition)
Nov. 8 Oakland
Nov. 12 South Dakota State
Nov. 17 Western Kentucky
Nov. 21 Central Florida
Nov. 24 at Virginia+
Nov. 25 vs. Chattanooga+
Nov. 30 at Iona
Dec. 2 at Quinnipiac
Dec. 15 at Vanderbilt
Dec. 20 Louisville
Dec. 29 at Miami (Fla.)#
Dec. 30 vs. Tulane#
Jan. 5 Akron*
Jan. 9 at Ohio*
Jan. 12 at Northern Illinois*
Jan. 16 Miami (Ohio)*
Jan. 19 at Kent State*
Jan. 23 at Toledo*
Jan. 26 Eastern Michigan*
Jan. 30 at Bowling Green*
Feb. 2 Buffalo*
Feb. 6 Ball State*
Feb. 9 Ohio*
Feb. 13 at Western Michigan*
Feb. 16 at Buffalo*
Feb. 23 Northern Illinois*
Feb. 27 at Ball State*
March 2 at Eastern Michigan*
March 6 Western Michigan*
March 9 Toledo*

* MAC game
+ at Virginia Cavalier Classic
# at Miami (Fla.) Holiday Classic

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