A championship culture begins at the top and
Central Michigan University women's basketball coach Sue Guevara is a testament to that.
This week, Guevara was named the
Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year — the third CMU coach to earn the honor.
In nine seasons at CMU, Guevara has led the Chippewas to at least 20 wins five times. All five of those campaigns have come in the last six years. Guevara's teams have captured two MAC West titles and in 2013 won the MAC Tournament to gain a berth in the NCAA Tournament. It was just the third time in school history CMU has appeared in the tournament.
In a year when the CMU women's basketball team is rebuilding after graduating several standouts last season, the players continue to play strong and smart.
The team won the MAC West title Saturday with a 14-4 record, earning the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament. A win against Western Michigan Wednesday advances them to semifinals, where they will play Eastern Michigan at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 11.
"Was it a rebuilding year? Absolutely," Guevara said. "The work ethic that this group has — the will, the want, the determination. I feel like this is the most coachable team I've ever had."
Wayland freshman Presley Hudson also earned the Freshman of the Year award. Hudson, the fourth Chippewa to be named the league's top freshman, is known as CMU's leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and is the MAC's most-efficient free throw shooter, knocking down her charity tosses at an 89.5 percent rate. Hudson was named to the All-MAC Second Team and the All-MAC Freshman Team. Teammate Reyna Frost finished second in the freshman-of-the-year balloting.
Men's team features standout players
Cheer on the lady Chippewas in the semifinals
Date: Friday, March 11
Game time: Approx. 2:30 p.m.
Opponent: Eastern Michigan
Game will be televised on ESPN3
Women’s tournament details
Last week, the men's basketball team claimed a share of the MAC West title, finishing 10-8 in league play. They were seeded fourth in the MAC Tournament, winning in the first round but ending their season with a loss to Bowling Green Thursday.
Two players were recognized this week for their skills on the court. Southfield senior Chris Fowler was named to the All-Mid-American Conference men's basketball first team, which is the second consecutive season that he earned a spot. He is CMU's career leader in assists and ranks fifth in program history with 1,710 career points.
Braylon Rayson, a junior from Dallas, was named to the All-MAC Third Team. He is second on the Chippewa roster and seventh in the league in scoring at 16.2 points per game.