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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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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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The KSU women's team opens on Saturday at Northern Kentucky.

The Flashes, who unexpectedly won the MAC East last season, are picked second in the division this season. Senior forward Jordan Korinek, already a 1,000-point scorer, was named to the preseason all-MAC East team.

Buffalo, which lost only one player to graduation, was picked first in the East. Central Michigan, the team with the top record in the conference last season, was picked first in the West and as winner of the MAC tournament in the coaches' preseason poll.

Details are on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com, along with the start of a weeklong series of previews of the team. It begins with a look at three key returning starters: Korinek, fifth-year senior/graduate student McKenna Stephens and junior guard Alexa Golden.
11-05-2017 11:05 PM
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This is a terrific story on Merissa Barber-Smith's hard journey to the Kent State women's basketball team:

https://t.co/LjJeQA1ebv.

(It's also on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.)
11-06-2017 08:27 PM
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Today's preview of the women's season looks at the roles of redshirt sophomore Tyra James, junior Merissa Barber-Smith and freshman Monique Smith. Only Barber-Smith was on the court for the Flashes last season, and her role was fairly limited. This year they're among the keys to the season.

Second of a series of previews in on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
11-07-2017 12:15 AM
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The last of three posts on key players on the women's team for the new season is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.

It starts with Megan Carter, the redshirt sophomore guard who's not eligible until second semester. But coach Todd Starkey calls her a key factor on the team this season.

Also in the blog: Sophomore guard Ali Poole, one of the team's best outside shooters, and point guard Naddiyah Cross, who has started 63 games over three seasons despite averaging few than 4 points a game.

The team's 2018 recruiting class will be announced Wednesday. Barring surprising defections, it will include all-state players from Ohio, Massachusetts and Virginia. The blog will have a major conversation with Starkey on recruiting later in the week.
11-08-2017 02:42 AM
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The women announced their recruiting class today. To me, it looks as if it could be the best in school history. On it:

ASIAH DINGLE, a 5-5 point guard who was the top junior on all-state teams in Massachusetts last season. She averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals da game open a state championship team.

HANNAH YOUNG, a 5-10 guard who was Division 3A player of the year in Virginia. She averaged 19.2 points and 7.9 rebounds, and led her team in blocks and steals. She has scored 1,400 points going into her senior year.

LINDSEY THALL, a 6-2 post player from Strongsville. She was honorable mention all-Ohio last season and is listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN. Thall averaged 15 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

ANNIE PAVLANSKY, a 5-11 shooting guard from Cortland. She averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds before an ankle injury ended her 2016-17 season. Pavlansky was second-team all-state as a sophomore.

MARIAH MODKINS, a 5-1 point guard from Solon. She averaged 5.4 points, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals a game on a team that went 24-3.

Coach Todd Starkey and recruiting coordinator Fran Recchia talk in detail on how they put the class together on the blog at http://wbbflashes. Besides a look at some very good players, the interview has a lot of insight into what recruiting is like in 2017.
11-08-2017 09:29 PM
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The women open the season at 1 p.m. Saturday at Northern Kentucky. The game is on ESPN3.

NKU was 9-22 last season but has only four players back from that team and just one senior. Three freshmen, including Grayson Rose of Garfield High in Garrettsville, were among seven players who scored in double figures last Saturday in an 94-55 exhibition game victory against NAIA Division II Asbury.

Kent State has four starters back from its MAC East champion team. The one who graduated, of course, is Larissa Lurken, who averaged 23.6 points a game last year and won MAC player of the year honors. Replacing her scoring is task No. 1 for the Flashes. Key person this season is Jordan Korinek, the 6-2 forward who was on the MAC East preseason team for the second year in a row. She averaged 15 points a game last season,18 in the second half, and is the only active 1,000-point scorer in the MAC. But who scores from the perimeter? Top candidates are two 5-11 sophomore guards -- Tyra James, who missed last season with a knee injury but was third on the team in scoring two years ago, and Ali Poole, who as a freshman showed the possibility of being Lurken's heir as a three-point shooter. She made 5 of 5 three-pointers and scored 17 points at Wright State.

The game is the first of a road-heavy non-conference schedule for the Flashes. Kent has only two home games before MAC play. It plays five away games and five games at neutral sites, including two at the Akron Classic next weekend. Last season KSU was 7-7 on the road and 6-6 in the preseason. Overall the Flashes were 19-13.

KSU'x next game is at 5:15 Tuesday at Youngstown State.

Lots more on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com. It's been a big week for the blog. You also can find miniprofiles of key players, a report on Kent's outstanding recruiting class, and a terrific feature from the Kent Stater on 6-4 junior Merissa Barber-Smith, who had a tough road from Chicago to Madison to Kent State.
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11-10-2017 08:37 AM
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The women beat Northern Kentucky 59-54 on the road in their opener, coming from 10 points down in the middle of the third quarter.

They outscored Northern 15-1 over 10 minutes in the middle of the second half.

Except for that and 29 points from senior forward Jordan Korinek, KSU was not impressive. Coach Todd Starkey criticized the team's intensity and effort. Northern outrebounded KSU 21-7 in the first half and 36-21 for the game.

Sophomore guard Ali Poole had 12 points. Forward McKenna Stephens had eight rebounds, and senior guard Naddiyah Cross had six assists and four steals.

Northern Kentucky was 9-22 last season but has a completely different roster with seven freshmen, including three who started. Kent State was 19-13 last year.

Full story is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
(Earlier typo in link has been corrected.)
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