After a sour trip to Athens, UB Women’s Basketball’s road trip continues as they head North to Central Michigan. What makes this road trip even tougher is that fact that CMU is the class of the MAC West right now. If the Bulls want to back on track in this game, they’re definitely going to have their hands full.
The Chippewas are lead by head coach Sue Guevara. As she continues her 10th year at the helm, she’s brought CMU from the gutter to a MAC contender year in and year out. In five of the last six years, the Chippewas have made a postseason tournament under her leadership.
CMU is currently 10-4 on the season with their worst loss coming to a Big Ten Opponent in Purdue. To say the least, they’re a really good team that is in the conversation of being one of the best two teams in the MAC right now with Ohio.
Presley Hudson has quickly become one of the best three guards in the MAC and it’s only her sophomore season. She’s averaging 17.4 points and 4.8 assists per contest. In recent games, she has single handedly torn apart MAC competition with 36 points at Kent State and 35 versus Akron. Tinara Moore and Jewel Cotton are two other players to watch out for. They average 13.6 and 13.3 points per game respectively.
What to watch for?
1. Can the Bulls limit Hudson?
Presley Hudson was already a really good player in the MAC as a freshman, but she has stepped up even more since. She’s going to be a handful this year and I really hope we stick the aggressive defense of Katherine Ups on her and prevent her from having a big day.
2. Slowing the tempo
CMU is going to be the fastest team that the Bulls have seen all season. If UB wants any chance of winning this game, they need to slow it down. As balanced and deep our offense is, I don’t think we have the firepower to go toe to toe with a team for 80+ points.
3. Perimeter defense
UB let Ohio rain from the three point line in their matchup and that simply can’t happen against CMU. The Chips are just as good, if not better at three point shooting when you have threats like Hudson and Breen on the same roster.
4. The matchup zone?
We’ve seen man defense for almost the entirety of the season thus far. I don’t know if the matchup zone was used at Ohio (haven’t watched the game yet) but I’d love to see it for this game.