Oklahoma women's basketball notebook: Sue Guevara helped turn around Central Michigan

When Sue Guevara arrived at Central Michigan in 2007, the Chippewas were a struggling program. Central Michigan had posted just one winning season since 1992-93.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 21, 2013
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When Sue Guevara arrived at Central Michigan in 2007, the Chippewas were a struggling program.

Central Michigan had posted just one winning season since 1992-93.

Her first season, the Chippewas were 6-23.

“I knew it was going to be tough, in changing the culture and the perception,” Guevara told the Detroit Free Press recently.

After a few near misses in recent years, Central Michigan is in the NCAA Women's Tournament for the first time since 1984.

No. 6-seed Oklahoma will play No. 11 Central Michigan at 10:10 a.m. Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Guevara is plenty familiar with Columbus, having served as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1984-85. She's also been there plenty as an opposing coach, as an assistant at Michigan State (1986-96) and as a head coach at Michigan (1996-2003).

While Central Michigan hasn't been to the tournament in a long time, the Chippewas do have both tournament experience and experience against the Sooners on the roster.

Central Michigan's Jessica Scholl played for Iowa State in the 2010 and 2011 tournaments.

SOONERS EXCITED FOR CHANCE TO COME HOME

The bracket fell about as well as it could've for the Sooners, with a No. 6 seed at a site without a home-court team in the tournament.

And if Oklahoma can get past the first two rounds, which would likely have to include a second-round upset over UCLA, the Sooners will come home to play in Oklahoma City.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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