OU women's basketball: Know the opponent — Central Michigan

The Sooners face the 11th-seeded Chippewas in first round of the NCAA Tournament. Here's a guide to Central Michigan.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: March 18, 2013
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photo - Players on the Central Michigan bench celebrate in the second half against Akron in an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the Mid-American Conference women's tournament Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Cleveland. Central Michigan won 86-68. (AP Photo/David Richard) ORG XMIT: OHDR111
Players on the Central Michigan bench celebrate in the second half against Akron in an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the Mid-American Conference women's tournament Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Cleveland. Central Michigan won 86-68. (AP Photo/David Richard) ORG XMIT: OHDR111

Columbus, Ohio, will be home to the first meeting between Oklahoma and its first NCAA Tournament opponent —  Central Michigan.

The 11th-seeded Chippewas earned an automatic bid via their win in the Mid-American Conference tournament championship game by beating Akron.

Here is what you need to know about the team and school:

*Opponent: Central Michigan

*Record: 21-11 overall, 12-4 Mid-American

*Seed: 11

*Conference: Mid-American

*League finish: second in West Division

*NCAA berth: Automatic

*RPI rank: 47

*Star player —  Crystal Bradford.

The sophomore guard leads the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks. As a freshman, she had the second most blocks in a single season for CMU.

*Coach: Sue Guevara (Sixth season at Central Michigan, 97-93 record and 1-3 in NCAA appearances)

*NCAA Tournament history: third appearance, with the last in 1983. The Chippewas actually made back-to-back appearances in 1982 and 1983, but lost both of their opening round games.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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