Miami Hands CMU Women 1st MAC Loss

MT. PLEASANT – Savannah Kluesner scored 21 points and Miami (Ohio) handed Central Michigan its first Mid-American Conference loss of the season with a 70-67 defeat at McGuirk Arena on Wednesday.

With the game tied at 67-67, Kluesner sank the go-head layup and drew the foul to put the RedHawks ahead by three with two seconds remaining in regulation.

The Chippewas (12-4, 3-1) trailed 19-16 after the opening quarter and 37-32 at the half Wednesday.

CMU trailed by four with under two minutes to go before a Presley Hudson layup and jumper brought the Chippewas even at 67-67 with 54 seconds left in the contest.

“I told the team you usually have 24 hours to get over it, and I already told them I won’t get over it tomorrow in practice. I won’t be over it. I know I won’t,” CMU coach Sue Guevara said. “So you know, I’ll be over it by Friday as we get ready for Kent State, but the tape doesn’t lie. We’ll live an learn.”

Reyna Frost led the way for the Chippewas with 21 points, 13 rebounds and four steals while Micaela Kelly and Kyra Bussell tallied 12 points apiece. Hudson also finished in double figures with 10 points on just 4-of-16 shooting and 0-for-5 from 3-point range.

Miami shot 54 percent from the floor and was 47.4 percent from 3-point range.

Despite getting outshot, CMU held a 37-24 edge in rebounding and scored 17 points off turnovers.

CMU returns to the road Saturday at Kent State. Tipoff is set for noon.