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Women’s Basketball 2018-19
Ready to be excited about next season? If not, read this:
Record-Courier summer breakdown

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07-11-2018 12:47 PM
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RE: Women’s Basketball 2018-19
The women have released their 2018-19 schedule. It looks a little bit easier and less extreme than last season, when the Flashes played four teams in the top 50 RPI and four with RPIs over 250 (out of 349 teams).

They have five home games, plus a Nov. 4 exhibition against Division II Slippery Rock, and six away games.

Non-conference starts with a tough road trip to North Carolina, where the Flashes will play the Tarheels (15-16 last season) on Friday, Nov. 9, and North Carolina State (26-9 and NCAA Tournament Sweet 16) two days later.

Toughest other games are home against Duquesne (25-8 last season with all five starters returning) and at Wright State (23-11).

Home opener is the weekend of Nov. 17-18 in the "Kent State Classic," when they will play Northern Kentucky (9-22) and Oakland (15-16) of the Horizon League. Akron will play the same two teams at the MACC on opposite nights. Last season KSU had a similar tournament at the JAR (the "Akron Classic").

Kent also plays Youngstown State (16-16) and Division II Clarion (7-21) at home.

Away games are at Robert Morris (25-8 but a team KSU beat 46-31 last season), St. Bonaventure (8-22) and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (4-26).

In the MAC, the Flashes will play Western Division teams Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan twice. They'll host defending champion Central Michigan and Northern Illinois and play at Ball State and Toledo. And they'll of course play home and away games against all East Division teams.

Kent State has two returning starters (guards Alexa Golden and Ali Poole) from last year's 13-19 team, along with second-leading scorer Megan Carter, who came off the bench in most games. Biggest loss was all-MAC forward Jordan Korinek, the sixth-leading scorer in Kent State history.

The Flashes have one of their best incoming freshman classes, including point guard Asiah Dingle, last year's high school player of the year in Massachusetts, and guard Hannah Young, a four-time all-stater from Virginia. They also added forward Sydney Brinlee, a second-team junior college All-American from Oklahoma.

Two posts on the schedule are on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
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08-06-2018 07:05 PM
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RE: Women’s Basketball 2018-19
Practice started this week for the women (and the men). It will be a season of new faces; five members of the team are freshmen, two are junior college transfers. At least one and as many as three are likely to start. That's half the roster.

Coach Todd Starkey says the team, which practiced on a limited basis in summer and early fall, is ahead of where he thought it would be. The new players, he says, add better shooting, depth and athleticism to the squad that was 13-19 last season.

The roster has only two point guards — both freshmen. One is the marquee player of what may by the best recruiting class in school history. She's Asiah Dingle, the Boston Globe's high school player of the year in Massachusetts last year. The other is Mariah Modkins, a leader of Solon High School's state runner-up last season. Four-year starter Naddiyah Cross graduated, and Erin Thames, who backed up Cross as a freshman last season, has left the team.

Megan Carter, who played some point as a redshirt freshman, is pretty much a No. 2 guard now. She is KSU's top returning scorer at 10.2 points per game. Carter was the first player off the bench most of last year. Other returning starters are Alexa Golden, a three-year starter at guard, and guard Ali Poole.

Merissa Barber-Smith, the tallest player on the team at 6-4, is back after missing all last winter with a medical issue. Starkey says her loss may have cost KSU a winning record last year.

6-2 freshman Lindsey Thall (Strongsville) and transfer Sydney Brinlee (6 foot from Highland Community College in Kansas) look like leading contenders with Barber-Smith for playing time at post. Thall, Starkey says, has a three-point range up to 27 feet (the three-point line is just over 20). Brinlee was second-leading rebounder on a team that went to 35-1 last season. 5-11 Monique Smith, probably the best of last year's freshmen, is listed as a post this year; KSU tried her at wing last season.

But the wings and No. 2 guard — pretty much interchangeable positions in Starkey's system -— are deep. Golden, one of the best defensive players in the MAC, Carter and Poole return. Another marquee freshman — 5-10 Hannah Young from Brookville, Virginia, plays there. She was a four-time all-state selection (three first team) and player of the year in her division in Virginia as a junior.
Annie Pavlansky, a 6-foot freshman from Cortland, averaged 21 points a game at Lakeview High School last year.

Starkey says the talent from the newcomers will let the team play a more open, less scripted offense and more aggressive defense. And he says the team should have much better shooters than last season, when the Flashes made just 27.7 percent of their three-point shots.

Two posts on the wbbflashes.com blog:

An overview is at http://wbbflashes.com/2018/09/29/with-ha...e-sunday/.

A position-by-position rundown is at http://wbbflashes.com/2018/10/05/a-guide...starters/.
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