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The women play at league-leading Central Michigan (4-0, 12-3 overall) at 1 p.m. Saturday. Game is on ESPN3.

Eastern has two returning all-MAC players (point guard Presley Hudson, third in scoring at 18.8, and forward Tinara Moore, sixth at 16.9). Forward Reyna Frost is having an all-MAC season at 14 points and 13.3 rebounds (third in the nation) a game.

Kent State is 2-2 and tied for second in the MAC East with Ohio. Buffalo is first at 3-1. Flashes are 9-7 overall.

Five KSU players average at least eight points a game. Starting point guard Naddiyah Cross, who averages 5.8, had a career-high 24 in a 76-69 win over Eastern Michigan Wednesday.

Full preview is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
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The Kent State women came as close at any MAC team has to first-place Central Michigan Saturday but lost to the Chippewas on the road, 88-84.

Central is the only unbeaten team in MAC play at 5-0. The Chippewas had won their last three games by an average of 26 points. Their only close conference game was at 14-1 Ball State, where they also won by four points. Central, 13-3 overall, has won 14 straight games at home and 20 of its last 21 in Mount Pleasant. 

Kent State is now 2-3 in the MAC and 9-8 overall.

KSU scored the first basket, but Central led the rest of the game. Kent State cut CMU's lead to three points in the third quarter and outscored Central 11-2 over the last four minutes. The final margin was four because Megan Carter hit a three-point shot at the final buzzer.

Carter had a career-high 27 points. Jordan Korinek, the MAC's third-leading scorer, had 28 for the Flashes.

Kent State shot a season-beat 54 percent from the field.

Cassie Breen led Central with 26 points and made seven of 12 three-point shots.

Full story on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
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The women play at Bowling Green Wednesday. Game is on ESPN3.

BG, which has been down for three years, went a surprising (to me) 8-3 in the non-conference season. But they're 1-4 in the MAC and won their first game Saturday against Akron, 66-64. They came from 12 points down in the fourth quarter.

Carly Santoro, a 5-10 guard, averages a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) for Bowling Green.

If Kent State is going to do anything in the MAC East, this is a game they need to win. They swept BG last season, one on a last-second shot.

Preview is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com and includes a look at where Kent State and BG stand in the league's key statistical categories.
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(01-16-2018 12:17 AM)cschierh Wrote:  The women play at Bowling Green Wednesday. Game is on ESPN3.

BG, which has been down for three years, went a surprising (to me) 8-3 in the non-conference season. But they're 1-4 in the MAC and won their first game Saturday against Akron, 66-64. They came from 12 points down in the fourth quarter.

Carly Santoro, a 5-10 guard, averages a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) for Bowling Green.

If Kent State is going to do anything in the MAC East, this is a game they need to win. They swept BG last season, one on a last-second shot.

Preview is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com and includes a look at where Kent State and BG stand in the league's key statistical categories.

Here's to hoping that KSU can get the road win and continue to improve as the MAC season moves forward. Seems as though they are struggling to find a consistent rotation.
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Bowling Green outscored Kent State 20-12 in the fourth quarter and beat the Flashes Wednesday, 60-50.

Kent State committed 20 turnovers and made only three of 19 three-point shots.

Bowling Green shut down Kent’s Jordan Korinek, the MAC’s leading scorer going into the game. Korinek scored only seven points and was able to take only six shots against a Bowling Green defense that played her physically inside. Korinek had averaged 20.4 points a game.

Ali Poole led Kent State with 17 points, 12 of them in the first quarter. Megan Carter had 12. McKenna Stephens had a career-high 13 rebounds.

Kent State drops to 9-9 on the season and 2-4 in the MAC. Bowling Green is 10-7 and 2-4 in the conference.

Story on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
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Beforehand, I thought Kent State should win this game. It was the first time in the two years Starkey has been coach that they have lost a game I expected them to win. They've lost plenty of games, but the losses have been in toss-up games or against clearly better teams.

In his postgame interview, Starkey sounded very frustrated with turnovers and his team's inconsistency in play and effort.

At 2-4, the Flashes are tied with BG and Miami for third in the MAC East and have a worse overall record than both of those teams. Buffalo is first at 5-1, Ohio second at 3-3.

Division play really nothing except a trophy. Seeding in the MAC Tournament is done by overall MAC record. 2-4 is tied with four other teams for eighth best in the conference. Eighth is the bottom seed for a home tournament game.

KSU plays Ball State, which started the season 12-0, on Saturday. Ball State lost its second straight Wednesday to Toledo and is 15-3 and 3-3 in the conference. After KSU plays Ball State, it travels to Toledo (12-5, 4-2). The Flashes could easily be 2-6 in a week.

The solution is pretty clear: Fewer turnovers, more consistent scoring. I have no idea how likely that is. I don't think Starkey does, either.
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Both Kent State and Ball State need a win badly as they face each other last 2 p.m. Saturday at MACC.

Both have lost two in a row and need to win to stay remotely in contention.

Kent State played well at first-play Central Michigan (14-3, 6-0) last Saturday but lost 88-84. They did not play at all well at Bowling Green (10-7, 2-4) Wednesday and lost 60-50. KSU is 2-4 in the MAC and facing tough games this Saturday and Wednesday at Toledo (12-5, 4-2). The Flashes could easily be 2-6 at this time next week and pretty much out of contention to defend their MAC East title.

Ball State started the season 12-0. But Central beat the Cardinals at Ball State in their MAC opener. In the last week, Ball State lost to Buffalo (14-3, 5-1 in the MAC) at home and Toledo on the road. So the Cardinals are 3-3 (14-3 overall) and three games behind undefeated Central in the West.

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Ball State scored 26 fast-break points and beat Kent State 79-58 at the MACC.


The Cardinals jumped to a 26-14 first-quarter lead, hitting five of six three-point shots and nine of 15 field goals. Many of those shots came when the Cardinals grabbed rebounds and pushed the ball down the court.


Kent State played BSU fairly evenly in the second half and got within 13 points twice.


Ball State, which started the season 11-0, is 4-3 in the MAC and 15-3 overall. Kent State Dallas to 2-5 in the conference and 9-10 overall.


Jordan Korinek led Kent State with 18 points. McKenna. Stephens had 11 and Ali Poole 10.


All five Ball State starters scored in double figures. Point guard Carmen Grande, who is second in the nation in assists, had 10 Saturday.


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Overall things aren’t going to well this year. Just some thoughts after yesterday.

1. Starkey needs to quit complaining about every call by the ref. He needs to defend his team but I think he is overdoing it and giving his team an excuse.

2. After Korinek they really have no offense. Occasionally one of the guards have a good game but no one is a consistent shooter from outside. They also have a hard time even getting open.

3. Ball St was so much quicker than us. There is no way we beat them if they are even playing at 80% of their capability. The west is dominant this year and you could see why yesterday.

4. It’s time to play some of the freshman and Tyra James to at least find out if we have anything. We need to see if some can at least be rotation players next year. In the second half at least one of our guards was noticeably gassed. I’m sure the others are close if not already there. We will win some games when we start playing the east in a week or so but we not going to be winning the championship this year so we might as well learn a bit about our bench.

5. Even though the freshman class coming in is highly rated with three starters graduating (including Korinek) I’m afraid we need more from who we have now just to stay at our current level.

6. Seeing how much we lost when Lurken left I’m left wondering how good she could have been if our previous coach would have known how to use her right from the start. Oh well.
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Good thoughts. Some of mine:

1. Starkey likes to work the refs. I don't know if it does any good. The Ball State game wasn't very well officiated. I don't think the team thinks the refs an excuse. They knew they're not playing well.

2. Stephens is a consistent 10 points a game and Carter 10 to 15. But neither are go-to players the way Lurken was last season. They sure could use a consistent three-point threat.

3. In the first half, Ball State pushed the ball as fast and as well as I have seen a team do in years. It's hard to figure how they lost two in a row before the KSU game.

4. Starkey had only two scholarship freshmen available against Ball State. Erin Thames played 12 minutes, her second highest this season. I know he wants to play Monique Smith more, and she got in for six minutes. I don't know what's with Tyra James. My guess is that he doesn't like her defense; that's usually why people don't play with him. Freshman Kasey Toles has an ankle injury. Freshman center Amanda Sape almost certainly is being redshirted. I just noticed the Kennedy Roberts-Rosser, the other post recruit, isn't on the roster any more. She was an April recruit and a project at best.

5. My guess is that at least three of the incoming freshmen will start next fall, and we'll take our lumps for a while. I just saw a story that the point guard from Massachusetts had eight steals in a game last weekend.

6. I think the way Lurken clicked in Starkey's system was one of those magic things. I know it surprised Starkey.

At this point, I'll thinking a .500 season. They could click and run off a streak against the East, but 9-9 in the conference, I think.


(01-21-2018 08:16 PM)burden Wrote:  Overall things aren’t going to well this year. Just some thoughts after yesterday.

1. Starkey needs to quit complaining about every call by the ref. He needs to defend his team but I think he is overdoing it and giving his team an excuse.

2. After Korinek they really have no offense. Occasionally one of the guards have a good game but no one is a consistent shooter from outside. They also have a hard time even getting open.

3. Ball St was so much quicker than us. There is no way we beat them if they are even playing at 80% of their capability. The west is dominant this year and you could see why yesterday.

4. It’s time to play some of the freshman and Tyra James to at least find out if we have anything. We need to see if some can at least be rotation players next year. In the second half at least one of our guards was noticeably gassed. I’m sure the others are close if not already there. We will win some games when we start playing the east in a week or so but we not going to be winning the championship this year so we might as well learn a bit about our bench.

5. Even though the freshman class coming in is highly rated with three starters graduating (including Korinek) I’m afraid we need more from who we have now just to stay at our current level.

6. Seeing how much we lost when Lurken left I’m left wondering how good she could have been if our previous coach would have known how to use her right from the start. Oh well.
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The women have lost three in a row and will have a tough time breaking the streak at Toledo Wednesday.

The Rockets are 13-6, 4-3 in the East and are 9-0 at home this season. Kent State is 9-10, 2-7.

It's almost Kent's last game against the West, thank goodness. In inter-division games, the West has an 18-8 record against the East. Strangely, the only West team KSU has beaten is Eastern Michigan (twice). They're the only games Eastern has lost in the MAC. The Eagles had the league's worst non-conference record.

Game preview is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
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Women had a nice road win tonight beating Toledo. Korinek had 30. Won it with a good start leading 14-8 after the first period. That hasn’t happened too often this year so that was encouraging. They also played two other players off the bench (about 20 minutes total) which has to help at this point of the season. They need to go on a mini run to have a chance to host a first round game so nows the time.
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Very big win on the road for Kent State.

They broke a three-game losing streak. They broke Toledo's 15-game home winning streak. They beat a winning team for just the second time this season, and beat a team with an RPI of 66, by far the highest this season.

Without this victory, KSU would have lost more games in the MAC than it lost in the conference all last year.

The Flashes won the game at the foul line, where they were 30 of 38. Toledo made 12 foul shots.

Korinek was 17 of 18 on free throws and scored 30 points. That's one off her career high. She also had 11 rebounds.

Kent State is 10-10 and 3-5 in the MAC. Toledo is 13-7 and 4-4.

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The women play Saturday at Akron, which has lost all eight of its MAC games this season. Overall the Zips are 6-13.

It's a game KSU (10-10, 3-5) has to win to have any chance at a decent record in the conference.

In the game preview on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com, we look at the statistics of senior forward Jordan Korinek, who moved into 10th place in career rebounding in Wednesday 62-55 win at Toledo.

Korinek is likely to finish her time at Kent in the top six in career scoring, field goals, field-goal percentage, free throws made and attempted, and free-throw percentage.

Her 20.1-point-per-game average this season is seventh best in school history. And at that rate, she'll have the third-highest season point total.
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Ugh
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Kent State missed 23 layups, 21 three-point shots and 20 shots in the fourth quarter in the 75-60 loss at Akron.


The Zips used two point guards much of the game and pushed the basketball down court hard after missed KSU shots and turnovers.

Akron had 14 fast-break points. Kent State has zero. The Zips had 13 points off 13 KSU turnovers. Kent had three off of Akron’s nine.

Jordan Korinek scored 22 points for Kent State but fouled out with two-and-a-half minutes to go. She made 9 of 16 shots, but everyone else on KSU's team struggled badly.

Megan Carter was two of 20 from the field, Ali Poole four of 15, McKenna Stephens three of 11 and Alexa Golden two of 10.


Overall Kent State made a season-low 28.6 percent of its shots. The Flashes were six of 21 on three-pointers and 10 of 33 on layups. The Flashes had 77 shots, nine more than in any other game this season.


KSU trailed by five points going into the fourth quarter but made just four of 24 shots in the last 10 minutes. Akron made 10 of 14 shots in the fourth.


It was Akron's first win in nine conference games. The Zips are 7-13 overall. Kent State is 3-6 in the MAC and 10-11.


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(01-27-2018 04:48 PM)cschierh Wrote:  Kent State missed 23 layups, 21 three-point shots and 20 shots in the fourth quarter in the 75-60 loss at Akron.


The Zips used two point guards much of the game and pushed the basketball down court hard after missed KSU shots and turnovers.

Akron had 14 fast-break points. Kent State has zero. The Zips had 13 points off 13 KSU turnovers. Kent had three off of Akron’s nine.

Jordan Korinek scored 22 points for Kent State but fouled out with two-and-a-half minutes to go. She made 9 of 16 shots, but everyone else on KSU's team struggled badly.

Megan Carter was two of 20 from the field, Ali Poole four of 15, McKenna Stephens three of 11 and Alexa Golden two of 10.


Overall Kent State made a season-low 28.6 percent of its shots. The Flashes were six of 21 on three-pointers and 10 of 33 on layups. The Flashes had 77 shots, nine more than in any other game this season.


KSU trailed by five points going into the fourth quarter but made just four of 24 shots in the last 10 minutes. Akron made 10 of 14 shots in the fourth.


It was Akron's first win in nine conference games. The Zips are 7-13 overall. Kent State is 3-6 in the MAC and 10-11.


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Ugh says it all. The details are ugly.
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The women start second-round MAC play Wednesday against Bowling Green.

Game time is 7 p.m. at the M.A.C. Center.

The Flashes are 3-6 in the conference halfway through the season. BG is 2-7 but beat KSU 60-50 in Bowling Green earlier this month. Overall the Flashes are 10-11; BG is 10-10.

The blog at http://wbbflashes.com takes a look at:

• How and why the first half was disappointing (unexpected losses to BG and Akron and failure to find an find the points and leadership lost by the graduation of Larissa Lurken).

• What needs to happen to fix things (take advantage of a home-heavy schedule, cut down turnovers, beat Ohio and Miami at least once each).
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There must be something in the air this week as the women played their best game of the year beating BG 81-57. Most energy the team has played with in quite awhile. Starkey was so fired up I thought he was going to go out on the court and try to block a BG shot. Korinek had 36. Also had 8 players play some minutes when it mattered which I’m sure will help as the season continues. Maybe they can go on a run playing the teams from the East and get a home court game in the 1st round.
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Kent State raced to its best quarter of the MAC season and went on to score a convincing 81-57 win over Bowling Green Wednesday.


Senior forward Jordan Korinek scored 36 points, the most in her career. Korinek made 12 of 18 field goals, two of three three-point shots and 10 of 11 free throws. She had nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The Flashes dominated almost every aspect of the game, making 47 percent of their shots and outrebounding BG 43-31. They had 18 assists on 25 baskets. Bowling Green had three assists all game.


Coach Todd Starkey gave freshmen Erin Thames and Monique Smith and redshirt sophomore Megan Carter their first starts to try to shake the team up after a bad loss at Akron Saturday. The new starters scored a total of only five points, but Starkey said they gave the team a spark and allowed him to bring more firepower off the bench. Usual starters Naddiyah Cross, McKenna Stephens and Ali Poole combined for 30 points.


Leading 10-9 halfway through the first quarter, Kent outscored BG 19-2 for the rest of the quarter. Bowling Green made it a little more exciting with some three-point baskets in the second half but never got within 16 points.



Kent State is now 4-6 in the MAC and 11-11 overall. Bowling Green is 2-8 and 10-11.


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