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RE: 2019-20 women's basketball
Kent State somehow has reversed the team's offensive and defensive stats in the last five games.

When Kent State went 3-2 to start the MAC season, the team ranked third in points per game and last in field goal defense.

Now they're 5-5 and lead the MAC in field goal defense and are last in points per game.

I have no idea why. The second-five teams don't have hugely better defenses or a much better record.

It is pretty clear the Flashes' played excellent defense last week against Bowling Green and Ohio, two good offensive teams. But their scoring has dropped 12 points a game from the first five games to to the second. The numbers:

GAMES 1-5: Kent State averaged 72.6 points per game. Opponents averaged 69.8.

GAMES 6-10: Kent State averaged 58.2. Opponents averaged 60.8.

Theories welcome.

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Four MAC teams won on the road Saturday, which shook up the "golf" standings.
-- Central Michigan went 11-0 by breaking Miami's three-game winning streak.
-- Toledo beat Buffalo 78-62 in Buffalo. Bulls have lost three straight.
-- Eastern Michigan came from behind to beat Western Michigan 83-79.
-- Northern Illinois tied Bowling Green at the buzzer, then won 92-87 in overtime.

Ball State held Akron to two field goals in the fourth quarter to win at home 60-52. Kent State plays at Akron Wednesday.


THE "GOLF" STANDINGS

They give a team -1 for a road win (a “birdie”) and adds a point for a home loss (a “bogey.” A home win or road loss gets zero (“par”).

-6
-- Central Michigan (11-0, 18-4)

-2
-- Ohio (8-3, 15-7)

-1
-- Ball State (7-3, 15-7)
-- Toledo (6-4, 11-10)
-- Eastern Michigan (6-5, 11-11)

Even
-- Kent State (5-5, 12-9)

+1
-- Buffalo (4-6, 13-8)
-- Western Michigan (4-6, 11-10)
-- Northern Illinois (3-7, 7-14)

+2
-- Miami (4-7, 11-12)
-- Akron (3-7, 10-11)

+4
-- Bowling Green (1-9, 8-14).

More details on the KSU stats, the standings and the report card on KSU's 63-57 loss at Ohio is on the blog at http://wbbFlashes.com.
02-10-2020 05:36 PM
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RE: 2019-20 women's basketball
The women will play at Akron at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Nine of the Zips' 10 MAC games have been decided by eight points or less, but Akron is 3-7. They came within five points of first-place Central Michigan in their opener in January and lost 60-52 at third-place Ball State Saturday.

Overall Akron is 10-11 overall.

Kent State is in sixth place in the MAC at 5-5 but just a game out of fourth, which would give it a first-round bye at the league tournament. Flashes are 12-9 overall.

Akron starts three seniors and two juniors, giving it the most experienced starting lineup in the MAC. Zips are led by senior forward Haliegh Reinoehl, who is second in the league with 9.2 rebounds per game and averages 15.9 points. Jordyn Dawson, a 5-11 transfer from Wabash Valley College, averages 13.2 points and leads the Zips in assists and steals.

Game is worth a half point in the Crystal Clinic Wagon Wheel Challenge. Kent currently leads 3-2.5. Akron has won the competition the last four years, all by 7.5-6.5 scores.

Full game preview is on the blog at http://wbbFlashes.com.
02-11-2020 01:18 PM
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RE: 2019-20 women's basketball
The women outscored Akron 7-2 in the last two minutes to pull out a 60-55 win.

Key plays at the end were an offensive rebound by Hannah Young, who passed it to Lindsey Thall, who must have been six feet beyond the 3-point line. Thall drained it.

Kent State pressed on the inbounds pass. Nila Blackford stole the ball and passed it to Asiah Dingle, who drove the basket for a traditional three-point play.

Dingle had 20 points and four steals in 20 minutes, coming off the bench for the third straight game. She had three assists and made six of seven shots. In the third quarter, she made a nice pass to Blackford for an inside basket. She stole the ball on Ohio's next possession and drove three-quarters of the court for a basket. Then she stole the inbounds pass and made another layup.

Those six points in 35 seconds turned the game. Akron had led by seven.

Katie Shumate had 12 points and seven rebounds for KSU. Nila Blackford had 10 points and nine rebounds. Blackford hit her head hard on the floor coming down after she fought for a rebound in the last 30 seconds. Starkey said he hadn't talked to the trainers, but it's the kind of hit that can put players in concussion protocol.

Thall blocked five shots.

Kent State plays Toledo at the M.A.C.C. Saturday. The teams are tied for fifth in the conference, a game out of fourth.

Full game story is on the blog at http://wbbFlashes.com.
02-12-2020 11:04 PM
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https://nypost.com/2020/02/13/high-schoo...ing-melee/

Terrible look from one of our future Flashes!
02-13-2020 05:06 PM
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(02-13-2020 05:06 PM)ksu315 Wrote:  https://nypost.com/2020/02/13/high-schoo...ing-melee/

Terrible look from one of our future Flashes!

KSU does not need that type of player. Rescind any scholarship offer. Maybe she should hook-up with Duke. They seem to tolerate that kind of crap.

#GoFlashes
02-13-2020 06:44 PM
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Here's all I know about the Santoro incident from a blog posted tonight. I didn't post until there was news about her discipline. She was suspended for a game, which her team lost, costing it an undefeated season. She also apologized on Twitter Wednesday. Link to clip is at end.

Sorry about the length, but...

Casey Santoro, Kent State’s star recruit from Bellevue High School, made national news in a bad way this week.

A short video clip that went viral showed Santoro pulling the hair of a Norwalk High School player as the players were running upcourt after Santoro made a 3-point basket. The Norwalk player fell to the ground. Officials didn’t call a foul; it was unclear whether they saw the incident.

Some people on Twitter and commentary websites castigated Santoro and, sometimes, Kent State, where she has signed a letter of intent to receive a basketball scholarship next year.

Bellevue officials suspended Santoro for Tuesday’s game against Shelby, which is Bellevue’s top rival in the Division II Ashland District. Santoro’s absence helped cost her team its undefeated record. Shelby won 56-43. The two teams could meet again in the district finals. Both teams are 20-1.

Bellevue coach Korey Santoro, who is Casey’s father, said told the Sandusky Register that Casey would play in Thursday’s final regular season game against Sandusky.

Casey Santoro issued an apology Wednesday on her team’s Twitter feed:

“I would like to publicly apologize to Norwalk’s Olivia Ward, and all basketball fans in the area for this past weekend’s unfortunate incident. My intentions were never to hurt anyone.

“I know it’s brought a lot of negative attention to our area and the game I love. I will learn from this and become a better person because of it.”

Ward suffered a concussion and won’t play the rest of the season.

Santoro is averaging 25 points a game and recently scored the 2,000th point of her high school career. She has twice been district player of the year and twice been first-team all-state in Division II.

I’ve followed Casey online since she verbally committed to Kent State last February. I’ve never read anything negative about her before. An KSU assistant once described her to me as “tough as nails.” It was a compliment.

After the incident, Casey’s teammates tweeted about her as a great teammate and a good person. Ward’s friends and teammates last Norwalk tweeted the same things about her.

I’ve been sick and haven’t had a chance to ask Kent State coach Todd Starkey about the incident. On Twitter, he “liked” her apology.

Here's link to the clip.
https://twitter.com/livward11/status/122...flashes%2F
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02-13-2020 10:39 PM
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The family of a Norwalk High player involved in a hair-pulling incident says they accept the apology of Kent State recruit Casey Santoro.

Santoro apologized for the incident on her team's Twitter feed.

The Norwalk player's father posted on Facebook that the two families would meet soon. He criticized "hateful, threatening comments" directed at Santoro and asked people to "please stop." He said his family "did not want to see Casey's life and future ruined over this."

A video of the play went viral and was was retweeted hundreds, if not thousands, of times. It was written about by TMZ, the New York Post and the Washington Post, among others, and reported by local newspapers as well as Cleveland and Toledo television stations. Some people on Twitter and commentary websites castigated Santoro and, sometimes, Kent State, where she has signed a letter of intent to play next year. She and her family have received threats.

The father, Jason Ward quoted his daughter Olivia as saying, "‘Dad, I know how hard I have worked to get where I am at and set myself up for the future. I know that Casey has worked just as hard, and I don’t want to see her to lose everything over this."

Olivia Ward is done for the season with a concussion. She will attend Division II Tiffin next year on a volleyball scholarship. There's an updated post on the blog at https://wordpress.com/view/wbbflashes.com. The Santoro report is in the middle of a multi-topic post.
02-14-2020 05:43 PM
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The women have a big game against Toledo Saturday at the M.A.C.C.

The teams are tied for fifth at 6-5 in the conference, a half game behind Eastern Michigan. he top four teams in the league get a first-round bye in the conference tournament next month.

Kent State lost at Toledo 69-60 last month. If they lose again, Toledo will get the higher seed if the teams tie at the end of the season. If Kent wins, the teams will go to a secondary tie-breaker, which can get complicated and won't be clear until the end of the season.

Saturday's game is the second of a doubleheader with the KSU men, who play Ohio at 1 p.m. The women's came will start about a half hour after the men finish, probably about 3:30. The game is Kent's Play4Kay game, honoring cancer survivors and raising money for research into women's cancers.

One ticket gets you in both games.

In the first game between the teams, Kent State led 31-28 at halftime, but Toledo controlled the second half. The Rockets outscored KSU from the foul line 26-6 in that game. It was the first of four games that have seen Kent State struggle to draw and make free throws.

Earlier in the season, KSU led the MAC in free throw percentage. In their last four games, they've shot only 43 free throws and made only 24. That's 56%.

Toledo has balanced scoring led by guards Nakiah Black (13.6 points in MAC play) and Mariella Santucci (12.7 points). Santucci has averaged 20 points over Toledo's last four games, including a career high 31 against Miami. Santucci also is third in the conference in assists.

KSU point guard Asiah Dingle didn't play in the first meeting because of a two-game suspension. Since she's been back, she's averaged 14 points and made 64% of her shots.

Forward Nila Blackford, KSU's leading scorer (13.4) and rebounder (7.7), is questionable for Saturday's game. She hit her head on the court in Wednesday's game against Akron in a battle for a rebound. She lay on the floor for more than a minute before being helped off.

Full preview is on the blog at http://wbbFlashes.com.
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The women played perhaps their best game of the season in routing Toledo 87-68.

It was the most points the Flashes have scored this year against a Division I team. (They scored 92 against Hiram.)

The win moves Kent State into fourth place in the MAC. If they can hold it, they would get a first-round bye in the MAC Tournament next month.

Kent State scored all those points without leading scorer Nila Blackford, who is in concussion protocol after a fall in the Akron game.

But four players still scored in double figures. Katie Shumate had a career-high 24 points. She didn't miss any of her seven shots in the first quarter. Asiah Dingle had 22, 18 in the second half. She made her second 3-pointer of the season and had six assists (and only one turnover).

Lindsey Thall had 13 and became the third player in MAC history to make 100 three-pointers and block 100 shots.

Sophomore Hannah Young started in place of Blackford and led the team with seven rebounds and scored 12 points.

Kent State had a season-low six turnovers and outscored Toledo 30-4 (!) off of turnovers.

Story is on the blog at http://wbbFlashes.com. It includes quotes from Starkey, Shumate and Young and video of all four double-figure scorers.
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Women's golf standings find Kent State tied with Eastern for fourth. (Flashes lead in regular standings.)

The MAC wrap-up:

Around the MAC

Akron, Ohio, Ball State and Western Michigan all won on the road.

Akron beat Eastern 64-53 in Ypsilanti.
Ohio won at Miami 86-70.
Western Michigan won at Northern Illinois 68-65.

Central Michigan went to 12-0 in the MAC with a 72-65 win over last-place Bowling Green at home. Central is 18-1 since an 0-3 start.

Ball State sent Buffalo to its fifth straight defeat, something that hasn't happened since 2016. Buffalo had been picked third in preseason coaches' poll.

THE "GOLF" STANDINGS

They give a team -1 for a road win (a “birdie”) and adds a point for a home loss (a “bogey.” A home win or road loss gets zero (“par”).

-6
-- Central Michigan (12-0, 19-4)

-2
-- Ball State (9-3, 17-7)
-- Ohio (9-3, 16-7)

-1
-- Kent State (7-5, 14-9)
-- Eastern Michigan (7-6, 12-12)

Even

-- Toledo (6-6, 11-12)
-- Western Michigan (6-6, 13-10)

+2
-- Buffalo (4-8, 13-10)
-- Akron (4-8, 11-12)
-- Northern Illinois (3-8, 7-15)

+3
-- Miami (4-9, 11-14)


+5
-- Bowling Green (1-11, 8-16).

More details the standings and Kent State's excellent report card on its 87-68 win over Toledo is on the blog at http://wbbFlashes.com.
02-16-2020 11:41 PM
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