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Women's MAC tournament
The women play Toledo tonight in the last of the four quarterfinal games. Game should start between 7:30 and 8. (It depends on the length of the earlier games.)

The two teams are the hottest in the MAC. Toledo has won five in a row, including road victories against the No. 2 seed Ball State and No. 4 seed Northern Illinois. For the season, the Rockets are 22-8.

Kent State has won seven in a row and won the MAC East outright for its first division title in 12 years. Kent State is 19-11 and has won more games than the last three years combined.

The Flashes beat Toledo 70-60 in Kent Jan. 24. Since then, Kent is 9-2, Toledo 10-2. Toledo has back starting guard Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott, who missed the first Kent game with a concussion. Toledo is a deep, athletic team that starts four guards. Three of them were all-conference (one second team and two third team). The fourth was on the all-freshman team.

Since the first Toledo game, Kent State has gotten a great deal more scoring from players other than Larissa Lurken and Jordan Korinek, who were both named to all-MAC teams Tuesday. (Lurken was conference player of the year.) Since Jan. 24, McKenna Stephens has scored in double figures in seven of 11 games. Megan Carter has scored 10 or more four times. In the last four games, Alexa Golden is 7 of 13 in three-point shooting.

In the first game, no Kent player besides Lurken and Korinek scored more than 5 points.

To me, the key to the game is Kent State's defense. When the Flashes held MAC opponents under 70 points, they were 11-0.

Full preview is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
03-07-2017 09:54 PM
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So much for #1 CMU. WMU upset them 67-63 in the first game.
03-08-2017 01:57 PM
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(03-08-2017 01:57 PM)burden Wrote:  So much for #1 CMU. WMU upset them 67-63 in the first game.

Wow! That helps us ???- if we get by UT
03-08-2017 02:33 PM
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Western defense in last minute was unbelievable -- three turnovers against one of best point guards in the conference.

Some nice stuff online on Kent State today:

Video on the team, with season highlights and interviews with players and coaches, is on the KSU Facebook Live page at https://www.facebook.com/GoldenFlashes/v...63508922/.

Cleveland.com (the Plain Dealer) focused on coach Todd Starkey and his work to turn the program around at http://www.cleveland.com/sports/college/...te_1.html.

The Record-Courier’s preview has nice interviews with Starkey, Lurken and Athletic Director Joel Nielsen. It’s behind a paywall. You have to pay $2 for short-term access to the site. http://recordpub.com/sports/2017/03/08/t...ooking-up.

See you after the game.
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Ohio blew a 22 point lead and lost to NIU 72-71. What a shame for Ohio.
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We are now the top remaining seed as Buffalo just beat Ball St. 69-65.
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NIU is still alive. They are the 4 seed. Ohio U was #5.
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(03-08-2017 06:49 PM)axeme Wrote:  NIU is still alive. They are the 4 seed. Ohio U was #5.

Yes but we are #3.
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Toledo 39, Kent 35 at the half. Lurken has 16. She ihas driven a lot but Toledo isn't fouling her that often so she has ended up taking some bad off balance shots. Overall it's a pretty even game . Starky actually started playing offense/ defense with two players in the 2nd quarter. First time I've seen that.
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Lost 67-63. We had an 8 point lead and Toledo just shut us down in the 4th quarter. I don't have a box score in front of me but Lurkens shooting percentage had to be poor. Very few foul shots too. Toledo did a good job of not fouling on her drives. It still was a very good season and let's hope it's not entirely over. Of the four teams with byes only NIU won and it was by only one point.
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