Mount Pleasant — For the first time in more than 30 years, the Central Michigan women’s basketball team has won back-to-back Mid-American Conference regular-season championships.
Behind 26 points from Presley Hudson and 19 points and 11 rebounds from Tinara Moore, Central Michigan beat Ball State, 88-80, at McGuirk Arena on Wednesday night.
The Chippewas (24-4, 16-1) will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s MAC tournament and will automatically advance to Cleveland.
The victory was a milestone for coach Sue Guevara, who earned her 200th win with the Chippewas.
Central Michigan, which is line for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid if it doesn’t win the MAC tournament, trailed by nine at halftime, but came out strong after the break. Micaela Kelly had 5 points and Cassie Breen had 13, including three 3-pointers to become the program’s all-time leader in that category.
Moriah Monaco and Nakeya Penna each scored 18 for Ball State (23-5, 12-5).
MORE STATE WOMEN
Northwood 64, (at) Wayne State 56: Shannon Wilson scored 13 and Nastassja Chambers and Ja’Nae Williams each scored 11 for Wayne State (19-8), which fell in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinals. Wayne State couldn’t make a one-point lead at halftime hold up. It scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, while Northwood (17-10) scored 23. Maddy Seely scored 21 for Northwood.
(At) Western Michigan 74, Eastern Michigan 66: Marley Hill and Jordan Walker each scored 16 and Deja Wimby and Breanna Mobley each scored 11 as Western Michigan (15-14, 8-9 MAC) held off a comeback by Eastern Michigan (10-18, 6-11). Danielle Minott scored 18 and Courtnie Lewis 14 for the Eagles.
Michigan Tech 88, (at) Wayne State 74: Ronald Booth scored 21 and Chuck Key added 20 as Wayne State (15-11) fell in the GLIAC quarterfinals. Marcus Moore added 10 points for the Warriors. For Michigan Tech (15-13), Kyle Monroe led the way with 45 ponits on 18-for-24 shooting, while Isaac Appleby scored 13 and Dawson Bilski 11.
BIG TEN MEN’S TOURNAMENT
Iowa 96, Illinois 87: At New York, Jordan Bohannon scored 25 and had six assists, including a bounce pass to Luka Garza for a jam with 34 seconds left to keep the Illini at bay. The 12th-seeded Hawkeyes (14-18) got solid work inside from Tyler Cook (19 points, five rebounds) and Garza (20 and eight) to go with the accurate shooting of Bohannon. The sophomore was 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Iowa will face fifth-seeded Michigan on Thursday. Kipper Nichols scored a career-best 31 points for 13th seed Illinois (14-18).
Rutgers 65, Minnesota 54: Corey Sanders scored 23and last-place Rutgers (14-18) won a Big Ten Tournament game for the second straight season. The 14th-seeded Scarlet Knights (14-18) play sixth-seeded Indiana on Thursday night. Rutgers upset Ohio State as the 14th seed in last year’s Big Ten tournament. Minnesota (15-17) ended an awful season, filled with off-court issues and injuries, by losing 14 of its final 16.
BIG TEN WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT
Northwestern 68, Wisconsin 63: At Indianapolis, Lindsey Pulliam scored 24, Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah had 13 points and nine rebounds and Northwestern won its opener. Pulliam led the way for Northwestern (12-19) in the first half with 18 points as the Badgers (9-21) struggled, The 12th-seeded Wildcats will play in the second round on Thursday against No. 5 seed Iowa.
Penn State 83, Illinois 57: Teniya Page set a Penn State Big Ten tournament record with a career-high 38 points and the Nittany Lions (16-14) cruised past the Illini (9-22). The 11th-seeded Nittany Lions advanced to face No. 6 seed Michigan on Thursday night.