CMU Women to Face Michigan State in NCAA Tournament

MT. PLEASANT – For the second consecutive year and fifth time in program history, the Central Michigan women’s basketball team secured a post in the NCAA Division I Tournament.

The Chippewas (25-7) earned an at-large bid and as the eight seed will face nine-seed Michigan State (20-11) in the first round of the Chicago Regional at Notre Dame at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner will face either top-seed Notre Dame or 16-seed Bethune-Cookman in the second round on Monday.

After winning its third straight Mid-American Conference regular season championship, the Chippewas bowed out of the MAC tournament with a loss to eventual tournament champion Buffalo in the semifinals last Friday.

CMU made a run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2018 with wins over Louisiana State and Ohio State before falling to Oregon.

MSU is making its 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2017. The Spartans, who are coached by Traverse City Central alum and former CMU guard Suzy Merchant, fell to Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

The Chippewas are 13-29 all-time against the Spartans.