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RE: 2019-20 women's basketball
The women play the first of three games Saturday on their trip to Vancouver, British Columbia.

We know very little about the opponents, who are a mixture of club and college teams.

Alabama, which had a worse record and lower RPI than Kent State last year, played two of the same schools earlier this month and scored 104 points both times.

I was able to watch[/b] practice on Wednesday. This team could well be a contender in the MAC this season. The three freshmen were especially impressive.

The Flashes return 83.6 percent of their scoring from a team that went 20-13 and won a first-round game in the WNIT.

More detail in a post on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
08-09-2019 04:40 PM
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The women beat VK Select, a British Columbia club team, 90-69 in the first game of their international tour.

Asiah Dingle had nine steals, 7 assists and 1u points.

Full story is on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
08-11-2019 06:14 AM
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RE: 2019-20 women's basketball
(08-09-2019 04:40 PM)cschierh Wrote:  The women play the first of three games Saturday on their trip to Vancouver, British Columbia.

We know very little about the opponents, who are a mixture of club and college teams.

Alabama, which had a worse record and lower RPI than Kent State last year, played two of the same schools earlier this month and scored 104 points both times.

I was able to watch[/b] practice on Wednesday. This team could well be a contender in the MAC this season. The three freshmen were especially impressive.

The Flashes return 83.6 percent of their scoring from a team that went 20-13 and won a first-round game in the WNIT.

More detail in a post on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.

Ohio has to be the hands down favorite to win the MAC this year, but I could definitely see Kent State contending for second. Eastern Michigan should be tough this year, and I expect Buffalo will be good again.
08-11-2019 06:51 PM
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I’d agree with OU as favorite, but Kent lost to them by only two points in both games last season.

For three years, Eastern has supposed to have had the best recruiting class in the MAC. But they’ve never had a winning record. Maybe they’ll finally have a breakthrough, but I have to wonder what’s happening there

Buffalo seems to have a great freshman class. Miami has a lot back. Toledo and Central should still be good. And Ball State ought to be back.

Will be a tough league again.
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The women won big again on their Canadian trip, beating the University of British Columbia 94-54 Sunday.

KSU's three freshmen — Katie Shumate, Nila Blackford and Clare Kelly — combined for 42 points. Shumate, a 5-11 guard from Newark High School, had 19 and 12 rebounds.

Kent has its top four scorers back from last year's 20-13 team. And freshmen are leading the team in scoring. This could be quite a team.

Sophomore Asiah Dingle scored 17 for the second game in a row, along with six steals and six assists. She had nine steals and seven assists in Saturday's 90-68 win over VK Elite, a Vancouver club team.

More on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
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The women ended play on their Vancouver trip with a 103-54 pasting of Vancouver Island University.

In three games in Canada, the Flashes scored 287 points.

Asiah Dingle led KSU with 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Four other Flashes scored in double figures.

Details on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
08-13-2019 12:20 AM
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Three things we learned from the women's three-game sweep in British Columbia:

1. Asiah Dingle (16.7 points, 6.7 assists, 6.3 steals) has stepped up her game.

2. KSU's three incoming freshmen combined to average 30 points a game. That's better than last year's freshman class averaged, That group scored scored about 20 points a game — 44% of the team's points, which was the third highest percentage in the country.

3. The Flashes have the potential to score a lot of points. They averaged 95.6 in Vancouver. Eight players scored in double figures at least once even though no one player more than 25 minutes in a game.

The competition wasn't great, but Kent's numbers compare well to Alabama's. The Crimson Tide played two of the same teams the previous week.

More much detail on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
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08-15-2019 09:38 PM
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Part 2 of post on the Vancouver trip is posted on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.

Shooting was a weakness of the team last season, especially from 2-point distance. Kent's freshmen and sophomore Asiah Dingle shot very well on the trip.

Biggest losses to graduation were in rebounding and defense. Freshmen were the team's top two rebounders in British Columbia.

And 6-4 junior transfer Linsey Marchese from Indiana scored in double figures in all three games. Sadly, she won't be eligible to play until 2020-21.

The lack of a true center is the biggest hole on this year's team. Next year will be different.
08-16-2019 09:24 PM
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(08-16-2019 09:24 PM)cschierh Wrote:  Part 2 of post on the Vancouver trip is posted on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.

Shooting was a weakness of the team last season, especially from 2-point distance. Kent's freshmen and sophomore Asiah Dingle shot very well on the trip.

Biggest losses to graduation were in rebounding and defense. Freshmen were the team's top two rebounders in British Columbia.

And 6-4 junior transfer Linsey Marchese from Indiana scored in double figures in all three games. Sadly, she won't be eligible to play until 2020-21.

The lack of a true center is the biggest hole on this year's team. Next year will be different.

Very nice reporting and lets go Flashes ( keep up the great work )
08-17-2019 08:47 AM
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After struggling with it all summer, I finally have a blog post on KSU's three new freshmen.

They could be one of the top three classes in school history.

The three — wing Katie Shumate, guard Clare Kelly and forward Nila Blackford — combined to score almost a third of KSU's points on the team's Vancouver trip earlier this month. All outscored senior Megan Carter, KSU's leading scorer last year, and sophomore Lindsay Thall, who led the MAC in 30-point percentage last season. (To be fair, neither Carter nor Thall had a particular good trip statistically.)

In high school, the freshmen scored a total of exactly 4,500 points. They made a combined eight all-state teams.

Shumate had 10 points and 12 rebounds in one game. Blackford led the team in rebounding. Kelly made 9 of 18 three-point shots.

If I had to guess the starting lineup right now, it would include Blackford and Shumate, along with Carter, Thall and sophomore Asiah Dingle.

There is a saying that two good recruiting classes back to back leads to a championship team. When 6-4 transfer Linsey Marchese is eligible next season, they'll be even better.

Whether they win the MAC in the next three years depends on how well Buffalo, Ohio, Central Michigan and Toledo recruit. Buffalo seems to have a very good freshman class, too.

The other two top recruiting classes?

-- Last year's freshmen, who scored 44% of Kent's points on a team that went 20-13.

-- Bob Lindsay's first class in 1990, which included Tracey Lynn and Kathy Carroll, both of whom went on to be 1,000-point scorers, and Michelle Burden, still KSU's leader in game, season and career assists.

Details on the freshmen are on the blog at http://wbbflashes.com.
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