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On Wednesday, the women played a good first half and a horrible second half when they beat Western Michigan.

Saturday Buffalo beat them up badly in the first half, then the Flashes outplayed them in the second, still losing 75-66.

I'm not terribly discouraged. I never expected them to beat Buffalo, which has an RPI of 24, the best in the MAC.

And last year, Buffalo beat Kent State three times by an average of 30 points. So we can see progress.

Kent still has to win some games. Wednesday will be a good test. They play at Eastern Michigan, a team with a worse record that KSU beat by seven at home in the first game of the MAC season.

Kent is 5-5 and in seventh in the league, one game behind Toledo and Northern Illinois. Overall they are 12-9. Buffalo is 8-2, tied for second in the MAC and 16-5 overall.

On Saturday the Flashes turned the ball over seven times and gave up six offensive rebounds in the first five minutes. They trailed by 14 at halftime and 20 early in the third quarter.

Then things clicked. They shot under 30 percent on all field goals and three-pointers in the first half; in the second they shot over 50. They pulled within four with about seven minutes to go, but Buffalo superstar Cierra Dillard took over. She finished with 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, as close to a triple double as I've seen ill college.

Ali Poole and Megan Carter had 16 for KSU. Alexa Golden had 15.

Full story on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
02-09-2019 08:56 PM
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The women played a very solid game at Eastern Michigan and won 67-54.

They're now 6-5 and tied for sixth in MAC, one game behind Toledo. Team is 13-9 overall, which is as many games as it won all last season.

Senior Alexa Golden played one of the best games of her career with 17 points, nine rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocked shots. She led defense that held EMU to 33 percent shooting.

Coach Todd Starkey still grumped about inconsistency; Eastern outscored Kent by three in second half after KSU took a 40-24 halftime lead.

Flashes play Bowling Green at the M.A.C.C.Saturday in first game of doubleheader with men.

But big news about BG is that the Falcons, who hadn't one a MAC game, upset second-place Buffalo 78-72. Another surprising score: Toledo clobbered first-place Ohio 76-50.

Miami (9-2 and 18-4) now leads the league. Ohio is a half game behind, Central Michigan and Buffalo a game back.

Full game story on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.

Also on the blog is the verbal commitment of KSU's first player in the class of 2020. She's Casey Santoro of Bellevue, a 5-4 guard who was first-team all-state as a sophomore and has been district player of the year twice, including this year. She averages 22.5 points a game on a team that is 16-2.
02-14-2019 01:16 AM
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Six days ago, Saturday’s game against Bowling Green looked as if it could be an easy one. BG had lost 10 MAC games.

The came Wednesday, when the Falcons upset second-place Buffal 78-72 at BG. The Bulls are 31st of 351 teams in the latest RPI.

BG shot 62 percent in the first half and 57 for the game.

Bowling Green still is 1-10 and last in the MAC and 7-14 overall. KSU has beaten 10 teams that have beaten the Falcons. And Kent has the second-best field-goal defense in the conference.

Flashes are 6-5 in MAC and tied for sixth. They’re 13-9 overall.

The game might be more interesting than it once looked, but it’s one the Flashes need to and should win.

Game is at 5 in the M.A.C.C. and is first of a doubleheader with the men, who play Eastern Michigan. One ticket gets you in both games.

Preview on the blog at http://wbbFlashes,com.
02-15-2019 11:20 PM
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Had a nice 65-52 lead and then all of a sudden it was 73-73 in the last minute. We pulled it out 77-73 but it was sure scary. BG played a lot better than a 1-10 team should and as always were excellent shooters (for some reason they always can shoot the ball). Starkey pressed for awhile and I thought BG became fatigued but for some reason he stopped using it. Probably due to our lack of depth. BG’s coach who won a D2 championship and lost in the finals last year at Ashland might be the real deal. She certainly has them improving.
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02-16-2019 10:56 PM
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BG beat Buffalo on Wednesday and played similarly against Kent. Falcons made 50% of their 44 shots. But KSU took 23 (!) more shots because of turnover and offensive-rebounding advantage.

Freshman Asiah Dingle hit two free throws with five seconds left to give KSU the lead, but a steal and basket by Ali Poole with a minute to go was just as important.

Dingle had 21 points, five steals and four assists. Poole had 17, four three-pointers and six rebounds. Megan Carter had 16 points and Lindsey Thall 12.

Win leaves Kent State at 7-5 and in three-way tie for fifth with NIU and Toledo. Flashes own tie-breaker over both teams for seeding in MAC tournament. Team is 14-9 overall. That's one more win than all last season with at least seven games to play.

BG is 1-11 and 8-15 but, as Burden said, is playing better than that record. Kent has to play them at BG in two weeks.

Full story, including quotes from Starkey, Dingle and Carter, is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
02-17-2019 01:40 AM
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Pretty cool that even at 8-15; 1-11 the BG fans still travel. Lots of familiar faces from the Curt Miller days in the stands wearing orange. Gotta respect that.
02-17-2019 02:12 AM
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(02-17-2019 02:12 AM)JimJoyce Wrote:  Pretty cool that even at 8-15; 1-11 the BG fans still travel. Lots of familiar faces from the Curt Miller days in the stands wearing orange. Gotta respect that.

They didn’t travel so well for a few years. This new coach has got them excited. I respect them but they drive me crazy with their whining at the refs.
02-17-2019 01:47 PM
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Over on the blog, Burden mentioned how interesting Kent State's schedule was for the rest of the season. I liked his idea so much that I wrote a whole post on it.

The Flashes are 7-5 with six games left. They play at home against Buffalo, Ohio and Miami -- three of the best teams in the conference, all of whom beat KSU on the road in the first round of conference play. But at home, Kent might have a shot at any of all of the games.

On the road, the Flashes play Western Michigan, Akron and Bowling Green. They're all below KSU in the standings and teams it beat at home in the first round. The Flashes should beat them again but could lose any or all.

So it's possible for KSU to go 6-0 or 0-6 for the rest of the season. Either is unlikely, but the Flashes were in exactly the same position two years ago. They won their last six to take the MAC East title.

More on that on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com, along with a preview of Kent's Wednesday game at Western Michigan.
02-18-2019 09:31 PM
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