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Women's basketball 2017-18
The schedule came out -- sort of one piece at a time -- earlier this month.

The women play only two non-conference games at home but have a very interesting schedule.

They play two games against non-MAC teams at Akron in November (the Zips will play the same teams on opposite nights). Next year the event will be in Kent. One of the teams KSU plays is Florida Gulf Coast, which is coached by Kent alum Karl Smesko. Kent beat his team in the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament last season, one of the signature wins of the year.

Over Thanksgiving, the team will play in Las Vegas in the Play4Kay Classic.

Last year's Thanksgiving tournament was the toughest Kent had every played in, opening with No. 5 Baylor, then Western Kentucky, then Gulf Coast. All of those teams eventually won their conferences.

This year's may be tougher. The Flashes open with Stanford, which made the Final Four last season. Six other teams in the tournament were conference champions, including Ohio State. The seventh is Memphis, where former coach Danny O'Banion is now associate head coach.

Most of the rest of the schedule is return matches with teams KSU played in non-conference games last year, along with a trip to Ann Arbor to play Michigan in December.

The Flashes open at Northern Kentucky Saturday, Nov. 11. Their home opener is against Detroit Mercy on Thursday, Nov 30.

Full details are in three separate posts on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com. (As I said, the schedule came out in pieces over a week.)
09-17-2017 10:05 PM
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RE: Women's basketball 2017-18
McKenna Stephens, the KSU starting forward who graduated in May, will return to the team for a redshirt senior season.

Stephens had been uncertain last spring about returning and was honored at Senior Day in March. But she has enrolled as a graduate student in criminology this fall. She has a year of eligibility left because she sat out a season after transferring from Michigan State her freshman year.

Stephens, a 6-foot forward, started all but one of Kent State's games last season and was the team's third-leading scorer. She improved steadily through the season and averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds in conference play. Stephens led the MAC in three-point shooting (20 of 45 for 44 percent) in league games.

Her return means KSU has four starters back from the team that was 19-13 and won the MAC East last senior.

The starter not back, of course, is Larissa Lurken, MAC player of the year last season.

Full practice starts Oct. 2. First game is at Northern Kentucky Nov. 11.

More on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
09-19-2017 11:43 AM
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Practice is under way for the Flashes, who have four starters from last season returning along with one starter from two years ago.

Back from the team that went 19-13 and won the MAC East last season are second-team all-MAC forward Jordan Korinek, graduate student McKenna Stephens, junior Alexa Golden and senior Naddiyah Cross.

Back from two years ago is guard Tyra James, who was third on the team in scoring then at 9.5 points a game.

Missing for the first semester will be sophomore guard Megan Carter, academically ineligible after getting overwhelmed by labs in her pre-med major last spring. She's now a public health major. Carter can practice but not play this fall.

Coach Todd Starkey rates the team somewhat ahead of where he expected a month ago and far ahead of where it was last season, when he was a new coach inheriting a team that was 6-23 the previous year.

Lots and lots more on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
10-12-2017 08:18 PM
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