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Win is first-ever Flashes in WNIT and first postseason victory since 1996. That's before current players were born.

Flashes trailed by 13 in third quarter, then scored the last nine points of quarter and outscored Green Bay, one of the best defensive teams in the country, 25-16 in the fourth quarter. Megan Carter had 21 points, Asdiah Dingle 15 and Alexa Golden 11. Merissa Barber-Smith had 15 rebounds.

Game story at http://wbbflashes.com with first-hand reporting and interviews with players and coach Todd Starkey.

Flashes (20-12) play at Butler (22-9) at 7 p.m. Saturday in second round of WNIT.
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Flashes' second-round WNIT game is at 7 p.m. tonight at Butler.

Video will be streamed on Butler's Facebook Live Page.

Radio is on WHLO and Golden Flash iHeart Radio.

Details and preview is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.

Preview there is mostly links. I've been traveling all day from Green Bay to Indianapolis.
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(03-23-2019 02:00 AM)cschierh Wrote:  Flashes' second-round WNIT game is at 67 p.m. tonight at Butler.

Video will be streamed on Butler's Facebook Live Page.

Radio is on WHLO and Golden Flash iHeart Radio.

Details and preview is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.

Preview there is mostly links. I've been traveling all day from Green Bay to Indianapolis.

That’s really way past my bedtime.
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(03-23-2019 02:53 AM)axeme Wrote:  
(03-23-2019 02:00 AM)cschierh Wrote:  Flashes' second-round WNIT game is at 67 p.m. tonight at Butler.

Video will be streamed on Butler's Facebook Live Page.

Radio is on WHLO and Golden Flash iHeart Radio.

Details and preview is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.

Preview there is mostly links. I've been traveling all day from Green Bay to Indianapolis.

That’s really way past my bedtime.

I was writing way past my bedtime. Game starts at 7 Eastern and 7 in Indianapolis. Indiana stays on standard time, so we're sort of in the same time zone this time of year.

I fixed original post, but I'll leave the "67" here for posterity.
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Butler went on a 22-2 run over the last seven minutes of the second quarter and ended Kent State's season with a 70-52 win in the second round of the WNIT.

In that time in the second quarter, Butler forced seven KSU turnovers and held Flashes without a shot for last six minutes of half. It was some of the most overwhelming defense I have ever seen.

Kent finishes with a 20-12 record, its first 20-game season in eight years, and its first postseason win in 23 years. That was the team's 64-59 WNIT victory at Green Bay Thursday.

Story is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
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Buffalo really played well against Connecticut yesterday after they opened the game being out scored something like 18-3. Losing by 12 and having the ball twice being down nine late in the game. They had two good looks but missed them. After the opening blitz the coach realized a 5’2” point guard wasn’t going to cut it against Connecticut and she moved Dillion to the point and it was game on.

CMU battled Michigan St. right to the wire losing by one point as Michigan St. scored with about 5 seconds to go. CMU just couldn’t stop the Spartans inside as 60 of their 88 points must have been lay ups. I’m probably exaggerating a bit but they had a lot of them. CMU almost was able to outscore them but fell the one point short.

The MAC women did okay overall. 1-2 in the NCAA and so far 4-4 in the WNIT and WBI. Toledo and Kent won one game and Ohio has won two and is still alive in the WNIT (now down to 16 teams).
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(03-23-2019 10:07 PM)cschierh Wrote:  Butler went on a 22-2 run over the last seven minutes of the second quarter and ended Kent State's season with a 70-52 win in the second round of the WNIT.

In that time in the second quarter, Butler forced seven KSU turnovers and held Flashes without a shot for last six minutes of half. It was some of the most overwhelming defense I have ever seen.

Kent finishes with a 20-12 record, its first 20-game season in eight years, and its first postseason win in 23 years. That was the team's 64-59 WNIT victory at Green Bay Thursday.

Story is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.

What is it with Kent and 22-2 runs? Same thing happened to the men against CMU in the MAC tournament.
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I wonder if ESPN realizes that watching high seeds beating lower seeds is less annoying then listening to them explain why these games are so close to being upsets. Heck a #10 beat a #7 and you would have thought Oberlin just beat Duke. Just let the women play. Anybody who didn’t enjoy the CMU/Michigan St. game Saturday isn’t going to be influenced by their BS. It’s like we have to listen to three Steven A Smiths explaining how stupid we are.
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Some catchup from the WNIT:

-- Why Kent State traveled 1,200 miles for two games — and Ohio, Toledo and Miami didn't.
-- Why coach Todd Starkey deserves a contract extension.
-- How 8 points in 38 seconds led to KSU's first postseason win in 23 years.
-- How 0 shots (not even 0 points) in four minutes ended the Flashes' season.
-- And what writing 18 stories in 18 days makes for quite a month when you turn 70.

All on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
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(03-27-2019 11:01 PM)cschierh Wrote:  Some catchup from the WNIT:

-- Why Kent State traveled 1,200 miles for two games — and Ohio, Toledo and Miami didn't.
-- Why coach Todd Starkey deserves a contract extension.
-- How 8 points in 38 seconds led to KSU's first postseason win in 23 years.
-- How 0 shots (not even 0 points) in four minutes ended the Flashes' season.
-- And what writing 18 stories in 18 days makes for quite a month when you turn 70.

All on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.

Is it just me or does $6500 to host a game seem pretty minimal? Is that just a minimum bid with the actual cost being much higher? I would think there are at least 100 or 150 regulars at women’s games that would be glad to contribute $50 to help if asked. I understand the cost goes up each round but I would think the first round would be doable. It certainly isn’t something that happens every year and it seems that the team deserves one home game for that price.
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Did the Dolans recently purchase the Golden Flashes?
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You’d think the thought of buying a home game would make sense at that price when you factor in the cost of travel adding up pretty quickly. For a couple extra bucks you stay home and host a game plus the students won’t miss classes and sleep comfortably.

PS: Carl, thanks for doing what you do, much appreciated!
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I think the home team covers at least some of the visitors travel expenses.
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A month late, the season wrap-up on the women's team is posted on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.

It's posted in the style I've come to use at season's end: The key numbers (plus some analysis) that tell the story of the season.

Highlights:
-- The 20-13 record was KSU's best in eight years.
-- The Flashes made a school-record 241 3-point baskets. That's 95 more than the previous year.
-- Lindsey Thall's 66 3-pointers were the third most in school history and second most by a freshman.
-- Freshmen scored 45 percent of Kent State's points, third most in Division I.
-- Megan Carter scored 320 points more than she did the previous season.
-- Alexa Golden's 91 steals were the fifth most in school history.
-- Merissa Barber-Smith averaged 18 rebounds per minute played, sixth in the country.
-- Kent State's 2-point field-goal percentage (39.5) and assists per game (10.6) were among the bottom 15 percent in the nation.
-- 87 percent of KSU's scoring returns for next season. Three incoming freshman, who between them averages 55 points a game their senior year, will join the team.

Allen Moff of the Record-Courier has a more traditional season wrap-up at https://www.record-courier.com/sports/20...ent-state. It includes a lot of quotes from Starkey and is worth a read.

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Some notes on the team and the MAC:

-- Junior guard Jessica Wallis and sophomore center Amanda Sape have left the team. Neither played significant minutes last season. Starkey told the Record-Courier that he was in no huge hurry to fill the spots and might bank them for the 2020 recruiting class. It would be nice if he could add a 6-2 or 6-3 rebounder. Depth at forward isn't much.
-- Miami lost head coach Megan Duffy (44-20 in two seasons) to Marquette. New coach is DeUnna Hendrix of High Point University of the Big South. She had an 89-43 record in seven years there.
-- Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack, one of the best in the MAC, interviewed for head coaching jobs at Penn State and Georgia Tech (she didn't get either). She signed a five-year, $270,000 extension at Buffalo today.

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A couple of notes on comments people made last month (I've been busy with some teaching and other issues I put off for the last month of basketball season).

On the discussion of why Kent State didn't try to pay $6,500 to host a first-round WNIT game:

-- I've seen no indication the KSU even tried to make a bid.
-- I'm guessing that if more teams wanted home games than were available, a higher bid would win. Other factors. according to the WNIT website, could be fan base, location, seeding and previous games with WNIT opponents. KSU's average attendance this season was about 1,200, more than the crowds at either the Green Bay and Butler games. WNIT seedings are pretty fluid, but I'd guess Kent State was seeded between between 40th and 50th in the 64-team field.
-- Three other MAC teams hosted home games. Toledo hosted two, Ohio three.
-- Neither Green Bay nor Butler had ever hosted a WNIT game before.
-- My impression is that teams pay their own travel expenses, but I think I remember reading that the WNIT picks up the travel above about $9,000.
-- But again, there's no evidence that the powers-that-be at KSU ever thought about hosting a game. I do know Starkey would have liked to.
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