If you are a fan of high-scoring, fast-paced and competitive basketball, then Wednesday night’s tilt between the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Ball State Cardinals was the game for you.
Presley Hudson led the way with a program-high 43 points and five different Chippewas scored in double digits to help the Chippewas score their highest point total of the season in a 101-92 victory over the Cards.
The 101 points scored places tenth all-time on the record books, tying games against Northern Illinois and Eastern Kentucky in 1986.
Hudson broke Shonda Long’s previous single-game scoring record of 40 during the game and would go on to break the single-game scoring mark for both the women’s and men’s program in McGuirk Arena with her 43 points. Long had previously set the mark against Buffalo in 2011. Hudson also tied the record for three-pointers in a single game with 9, tying Jodi Culbertson’s efforts in 2000.
The CMU women also broke a team record, breaking a program-high mark for made three-pointers in a single game with 17, thanks to a late Cassie Breen corner shot. The previous mark was 16 in a game vs. Robert Morris in 2012.
Breen finished 4-of-7 from three and 5-10 overall to score 16, while Aleah Swary (14 points, 7 rebounds,) Reyna Frost (12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) and Jewel Cotton (10 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) also contributed.
For Ball State, Renee Bennett scored 22 points to lead the Cardinals, while Carmen Grande had a double-double, scoring 15 and dishing out 14 assists. Moriah Monaco (15 points, 6 assists,) Frannie Frazier (12 points, 6 rebounds) and Destiny Washington (13 points in 19 minutes) all contributed.
CMU remains perfect in conference play at 4-0, standing in first place in the MAC West with an 11-4 overall mark. Ball State falls to 10-6 overall and 3-1 in the MAC West.