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The women will try for a second straight road victory Tuesday at Youngstown State.

This one should be harder than the Flashes' 59-54 victory at Northern Kentucky Saturday, and that one was neither easy nor pretty. KSU did dominate the last quarter and a half to overcome a 10-point deficit.

YSU was 9-21 a year ago and lost to the Flashes in Kent, 75-60. But that team was badly hurt by injuries. By the KSU game, it was missing three starters, none of whom played the rest of the season.

Two of those -- three-point leader Nikki Arbansas and 2016 preseason all-Horizon League selection Sarah Cash -- are back. So are three other players who averaged in double figures last season, and a transfer from Fort Wayne who averaged 10 points there.

YSU lost its open 66-58 Friday at Pittsburgh, a team that went 13-17 last season and graduated its top two scorers.

The games starts at 5:15 and is on ESPN3. It's the first of a double header with the YSU men, who play Franciscan.

Full preview is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
11-13-2017 11:54 PM
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Kent State fell behind Youngstown State 11-2 after a quarter Tuesday, but dominated the rest of the game to win its second straight, 55-44.

Defense and balanced scoring won the game for the Flashes.

YSU built its game plan around stopping Jordan Korinek, who scored 29 against Northern Kentucky Saturday.

Korinek scored just 10, but Alexa Golden had a career-high 17 points and McKenna Stephens had 16.

KSU's defense held the Penguins to 30 percent shooting and 25 percent on three-pointers, and Youngstown is a team that relies heavily on long-range shooting.

The 44 points were the lowest a Kent State team has allowed since 2011.

Full story is on the blog at http://wbbFlashes.com.
11-14-2017 09:32 PM
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The women play Florida Gulf Coast, the No. 4 team in this week's Mid-Major Poll, at 5 p.m. Friday at the JAR in the first game of the Akron Classic tournament.

FGCU is 2-0, having beaten Illinois and Florida International by an average of 30 points. Kent State is also 2-0, with wins over Northern Kentucky and Youngstown State on the road. Both those teams are 0-2.

Kent State beat Florida Gulf Coast 77-64 last year in the Gulf Coast Showcase, a Thanksgiving tournament near the school's campus. It was KSU's best win of the non-conference season. FGCU went on to go 26-9 and beat Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Eagles shoot many, many three-pointers -- 30 to 40 a game. Kent State held Youngstown State and NKU to 5 of 26 on three-point shots. They'll have to be just as good Friday against a much better opponent.

KSU plays Southeastern Louisiana at noon Saturday in the second game of the tournament. On Wednesday, the Flashes fly to Las Vegas for the Play4Kay Showcase, where they'll meet Stanford in the first game on Thanksgiving. Six of the eight teams in the tournament won conference titles last season.

Full preview on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
11-17-2017 12:31 AM
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Florida Gulf Coast, the No. 4 team in this week's Mid-Major Poll, raced to a 55-29 first-half lead and beat the Flashes 80-62.

The Eagles, 26-9 last season, were as good as advertised in the first half, hitting nine three-pointers and 62 percent of their shots. Kent State couldn't handle anything FGCU did on offense.

In the second half, the Flashes outscored Florida Gulf Coast 33-25, playing much better. But they never got within 15 points.

KSU leading scorer Jordan Korinek picked up two fouls in the game's first 90 seconds but still scored 19 points in 20 minutes. Ali Poole had 11 points and McKenna Stephens 10 rebounds.

The game was the first of the Akron Classic. The Flashes will play Southeastern Louisiana (0-4) at noon Saturday at the JAR. Akron beat Southeastern 66-54 Friday. The Zips will play Florida Gulf Coast after the Kent State game Saturday.

Full game story, including quotes from KSU coach Todd Starkey, is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
11-17-2017 10:52 PM
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The women beat Southeastern Louisiana 81-60 to run their record to 3-1.

That's not as impressive as it sounds; the three teams the Flashes have beaten have a combined record of 1-9. Still, it's Kent State's best start since 2010-11, when it began 6-0.

Jordan Korinek had a career-high 31 points on 9 for 13 shooting and 13 of 14 free throws.

The 81 points were KSU's high for the season, as were the margin of victory (21), shooting percentage (44), rebounding advantage (46-22), assists (14), free throws attempted and made (29 of 35) and blocked shots (7).

Game story, with quotes from Korinek, guard Ali Poole (15 points) and coach Todd Starkey, is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
11-18-2017 06:22 PM
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The Flashes are in Las Vegas for the Play4Kay Showcase, one of the nation's toughest fall tournaments.

They start with No. 14 Stanford at 8:30 Thanksgiving Day. Friday they'll play either Gonzaga (No. 7 in this week's Mid-Major Poll) or Belmont (No. 8 in the same poll).

Saturday's oppponents could be No. 21 DePaul, No. 9 Ohio State, Florida Gulf Coast (No. 2 in the Mid-Major poll) or Memphis, which is 1-3 and whose associate head coach is Danny O'Banion, the former KSU head coach.

Last year KSU had a similarly tough Thanksgiving tournament in Florida and played well, taking Western Kentucky to overtime and beating Florida Gulf Coast. That success was a huge factor in Kent State's remarkably season that saw them go from 6-23 in 2015-16 to 19-13 last season.

Kent State is 3-1 but hasn't beaten a team that has won more than one game so far.

Full preview and coverage is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
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11-22-2017 11:39 PM
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Kent State lost to No. 14 Stanford 79-54 in a game that's hard to summarize.

The Flashes led after about 14 minutes and outscored Stanford in the third quarter.

But the Cardinal blitzed KSU 24-0 over five minutes in the second quarter and 20-5 over the last nine minutes of the game.

Still it was a decent performance against a team that made the Final Four last season.

Senior forward Jordan Korinek made five of eight three-point shots and led the Flashes with 21 points. She had never taken more than three three-pointers in a game in her career.

Overall, the Flashes made 11 of 30 three-point shots. Eleven is more than they have made in any game for at least six years. Thirty is more than they took in any game last season.

KSU plays Gonzaga, last season's West Coast Conference champion, in their second game in the Play4Kay Showcase inn Las Vegas at 6 p.m. Friday (Kent time).

Full game story is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
11-24-2017 12:55 AM
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The women lost to Gonzaga, the No. 7 in this week's Mid-Major rankings, 77-57.

As in all three of KSU's losses this season, the Flashes played two good quarters but were overpowered in the rest of the game. The defeats have all come to very good teams -- both Gonzaga are Florida Gulf Coast are in the top 10 of the Mid-Majors rankings, and Stanford is No. 14 in the country.

Turnovers killed the Flashes, especially in the first quarter when Gonzaga had eight steals and scored 18 points off Kent State mistakes. For the game, the Bulldogs scored 31 points off 20 KSU turnovers.

McKenna Stephens had 18 points for Kent State. Jordan Korinek had 14 and Alexa Golden 11.

The Flashes are 3-3 on the season and play Memphis at 3:30 Saturday (Kent time) in their last game in the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas. Memphis is 1-5; its associate head coach is Danny O'Banion, who was head coach at Kent from 2012 to 2016. Her contract wasn't renewed after she went 18-95 over four years.

Full game story is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
11-24-2017 11:21 PM
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The women used terrific fourth-quarter defense to beat Memphis 70-55 in their last game of the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas,

The Flashes held Memphis to 2 of 15 shooting and five points and forced six turnovers in the quarter.

Naddiyah Cross, KSU’s 5-foot-5 point guard, had the first double-double of her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She also had five assists and one turnover, playing every second of the game.

Jordan Korinek had 25 points on 9 for 13 shooting to lead the Flashes.

Kent State is now 4-3 on the season. Memphis is 1-6.

Full story on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
11-25-2017 07:39 PM
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The KSU women (4-3) play their first home game of the season tonight against Detroit Mercy. Game is at 7 p.m. at the MACC.

Detroit is 0-5, but has lost to Michigan State (4-1, Clemson (4-2) Miami of Ohio (3-3), Bowling Green (6-1) by four, and North Texas (2-1).

Kent State has lost to three good teams — No. 16 Stanford. Florida Gulf Coast and Gonzaga (both ranked in Mid-Major Top 25). But the Flashes have beaten have a combined 3-18 record.

Kent State opened with two road wins, then played five tournament games on neutral sites.

Last season Detroit Mercy beat KSU 73-52 in Detroit in what was probably Kent State's worst game of the season.

Jordan Korinek leads Kent in scoring at 21.2 points a game, which is second in the MAC.

Despite the graduation of Larissa Lurken, who set an NCAA record for most free throws made in a season last year, Kent State is third in the nation in team free throws made.

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11-29-2017 11:00 PM
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