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Shocked the hell out of me that they beat NIU twice. I was ready to throw in the towel and shout at Rudy G. for catching COVID which ended our MAC Tournament last year. Looks a lot better now.
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Really amazing weekend. NIU was one of best offensive teams in league, and KSU just shut them down in both games.

And 9-of-10 3s in the first quarter after hitting 4-of-5 in the fourth quarter the previous day. Wow.

The score, for the folks who didn't watch, was 73-58. It was Kent State's biggest winning margin of the season. Flashes are now tied for third in MAC. NIU drops from second place to tie for fifth.

I'll write more once I finish my game story, which is going up on the blog at https://wbbflashes.com.
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This was a great win. The women have hearts.
02-21-2021 07:30 PM
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How big was KSU's weekend sweep?

KSU had lost three in a row and fallen to sixth place in MAC. Northern Illinois had won five in a row and nine of 10 and had climbed to second place.

Now the Flashes are tied for third place at 8-4. Northern is tied for fifth at 9-5.

NIU had averaged 75 points a game. The Huskies averaged 62 against Kent. Their 58 points Sunday were their lowest of the season.

The teams were the top two in the conference in rebounding. No. 1 Northern averaged eight rebounds per game more than its opponents and hadn't been outrebounded by a MAC team. On Sunday, KSU had a 42-23 advantage on the boards with 13 offensive rebounds and outscored the Huskies 14-4 on second-chance points.

Nila Blackford led Kent with her 10th double-double of the season — 13 points and 10 rebounds. Clare Kelly had 19 points and five 3-point baskets. Lindsey Thall had 14 points and five 3-pointers.

Full story is on the blog at https://wbbFlashes.com.
02-21-2021 09:42 PM
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great job lady flashes!! 02-13-banana02-13-banana

need to keep the momentum going in next game vs buffalo (the team immediately behind us in the standings.)

clare kelly! COGS
katie shumate! 04-cheers
lindsey thall! 04-rock
nila blackford! 04-bow


ksu men & women in VERY GOOD hands!! :)
go flashes!!
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The women play Buffalo at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the M.A.C.C. Still no fans allowed, but the game is on ESPN+ and online radio.

Kent State is part of jammed middle of the MAC standings.

Only .052 percentage points separate second-place Central Michigan (11-5 and .688) and seventh-place Eastern Michigan (7-4 and .636).

Because of COVID-19, teams won't play the same number of games. So the MAC is using winning percentage to determine standings.

Kent State is 8-4 and tied with Ohio (10-5) for third at .667. The tie won't last. Ohio's game with first-place Bowling Green Wednesday has already been postponed because of COVID at Ohio. So KSU will move up or down Wednesday. It could move into second if CMU loses.

Buffalo is 9-5 (.643). A win over KSU would move it past the Flashes, maybe even to all the way to second place.

The Bulls have great rebounding and Dayaisha Fair, the guard who was MAC freshman of the year last season. She's averaging 24.8 points a game, sixth in Division I, and scored 36 points against Ball State Saturday.

Buffalo leads the league in offensive rebounding and is third overall. Kent State is No. 2 in rebounding and beat NIU, the No. 1 rebounder, 42-23 on the boards in Sunday's 71-58 win.

We're in the last two weeks before the MAC Tournament.

Full preview -- including updated MAC standings -- is on the blog at https://wbbFlashes.com.
02-23-2021 11:46 PM
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Mariah Modkins and Nila Blackford hit baskets in the last 30 seconds to give Flashes a 65-62 win over Buffalo.

The win clinched a quarterfinal spot for Kent State in the MAC Tournament in two weeks and moved Kent into second place in the conference with a 9-4 record. Four teams are bunched between second and eighth place. Bowling Green is two games ahead of the field.

Nila Blackford led KSU with 18 points, 16 in the second half, and nine rebounds. Katie Shumate had 17, with 14 in the first half. She also did most of the guarding of Buffalo's Dyaisha Fair, who ranked sixth in the country in scoring. Fair scored 23 but missed 12 of her 21 shots.

Lindsey Thall and Modkins had 10 points each. Modkins had seven in the fourth quarter. She stole an inbounds pass and made a layup to tie the game midway through the quarter and hit a floater as the shot clock expired to give KSU the lead with 30 seconds left.

Coach Todd Starkey had a lot to say about Modkins, whom he called "the shortest player in Division I." She's listed at 5-1 but is probably closer to 4-11.

And you have to read Starkey's story about Modkins staring up at 6-4 Lexi Jackson and giving her orders at a key point in the game.

That and full game details are on the blog at https://wbbFlashes.com.
02-25-2021 12:44 AM
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The women play at last-place Miami at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+.

The Flashes are in second place in as tight a MAC race as you'll ever see. A Kent loss and a win by eighth-place Eastern Michigan would move the Eagles past KSU in the standings.

The Flashes and the rest of the MAC have three games to play, COVID-19 permitting. Ohio just had its Saturday game canceled and will try to play Buffalo on Monday. OU has had three in a row canceled, which doesn't bode well for the MAC tournament in two weeks.

Bowling Green is in first by two games but has to play second-place Kent State and fifth-place Buffalo in its last two games, though both games are at BG.

Besides Bowling Green, Kent plays last-place Miami and ends the season with a home game with 11th-place Akron. (But remember the last time KSU played a bottom feeder in the MAC, it lost to Western Michigan by 13 points. Since then, the Flashes have won three in a row against first-division teams.)

Miami is led by sophomore guard Peyton Scott, who has scored more than 30 points five times this season, including 34 against Kent State in early February. The Flashes pulled out that game in the last seconds 71-69.

In KSU’s 65-62 win over Buffalo on Wednesday, Lindsey Thall moved into second place all-time in 3-point baskets for the Flashes. She has 162. That’s 50 behind Larissa Lurken. Thall has averaged about two 3-pointers a game in her three years and figures to play at least 30 more games. So she has a good shot at the record.

GAme review, which includes MAC standings and teams' schedules for last three games, is on the blog at https://wbbFlashes.com.
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Played with fire one to many times. Miami hit a three at the buzzer to win 61-58. Had trouble with last place Miami in both games.
02-27-2021 03:10 PM
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Flashes missed 13 of their 25 fouls shots.

Miami didn't make a field goal in the fourth quarter until the last minute. But KSU was 3-of-12 during the same time.

Nila Blackford had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 steals. It was her 11th double-double of season. But she missed 4 of her 11 free throws. Blackford has struggled with foul shooting all season, averaging just 53%. Last season she made 65%.

Flashes are 9-5 in MAC. We won't know standings until after today's games.

Story on the blog at wbbFlashes.com after I can reach Starkey on the bus ride home.
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"Flashes missed 13 of their 25 fouls shots.

Miami didn't make a field goal in the fourth quarter until the last minute. But KSU was 3-of-12 during the same time."

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let's turn this around with a win at BG

nila blackford (aside from FT shooting) 04-bow
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If the MAC Tournament started today, Kent State would have the fourth seed.

Bowling Green has clinched first place and the top seed.

But the race for every spot in the top eight is so, so close.

Right now Ohio is in second with a .667 winning percentage. Central Michigan is third at .643. KSU is at .636. (Because teams have played different numbers of games in this season of COVID-19, winning percentage will determine seedings and the final standings.

If Ohio wins its last two games, it takes second.

If the Bobcats don't and KSU wins at Bowling Green on Wednesday and at home against Akron Saturday, the Flashes finish second. Even if CMU won both of its last games, its percentage would be .003 behind Kent State's.

A complicating factor: Ohio has had three games in a row canceled because of COVID. Central's Saturday game was canceled because of problems on its roster.

I try to puzzle out the whole seedings picture on the blog at https://wbbFlashes.com.
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The women travel to first-place Bowling Green for a Wednesday game on ESPN+.

The Falcons (13-3 MAC, 16-4 overall) have clinched the MAC title.

Kent State is in fourth, but the MAC race is so tight the Flashes could finish anywhere from second to eighth. Just two games remain in the regular season. KSU has already qualified for the MAC Tournament quarterfinals in Cleveland next week.

The last time the Flashes and BG met, Bowling Green pulled out an 80-79 victory on a basket with two seconds left. A shot at the buzzer that would have tied the game was blocked.

Bowling Green is the second-best defensive team in the conference, allowing just 63 points a game. But the 79 points KSU scored in February equaled the most any team has scored against the Falcons this season. The 72 points Kent scored in regulation in that game was the fourth-high any team has scored against BG.

Full preview is on the blog at https://wbbFlashes.com.
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Losing 50-37 midway through the 3rd. Katie Shumate and Clare Kelly aren’t playing. That’s a lot of firepower to be missing.
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Final was BG 82, Kent State 65.

KSU announcer Dave Wilson, who obviously has good sources, said Kelly was resting an injured foot and Shumate was just resting. Shumate has been playing all season on a knee that was surgically repaired last summer.

In Record-Courier story today, coach Todd Starkey essentially said rest may be more important than wins at this point. The team has already qualified for the MAC quarterfinals in Cleveland next week.

Flashes played 11 games in February, more than any other MAC team. Twice they played three games in a week. Before that, KSU hadn't played in 25 days because of COVID-19. Because of a bye and COVID problems on other teams, Bowling Green had played three games total in three weeks.

KSU leading scorer Nila Blackford scored only four points against BG, five fewer than she had in any game all season.

Freshman guard Casey Santoro led KSU with 16 points, a career high. She also had five assists and five rebounds. The Flashes' other freshman, 6-4 center Lexi Jackson, also had a career high of 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Hannah Young had 10 points, all in the first half, in her first start of the season. But she left the game in the second half because of severe cramping.

KSU drops to 9-6 and into fifth place in MAC. The Flashes' final regular season game is Saturday at home against 11th-place Akron. They still could finish as high as third place or as low as eighth, depending on Saturday results.

The Zips beat third-place Ohio 71-67 Wednesday in Ohio's first game back after three COVDI cancellations.

Central Michigan moved into second place with an 87-81 double-overtime win at Ball State. CMU started the game with eight players because of COVID protocols. It ended with only the five on the floor. The other three players had fouled out.

Story on the Bowling Green game is on the blog at https://wbbFlashes.com.
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thanks for the recap cschierh

yes, rest more important than Ws in some instances this time of year.
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The women finish their regular season Saturday, playing Akron at the M.A.C. Center at 2 p.m. The game is on ESPN3.

Flashes are 9-6 in the MAC and in fifth place in the MAC. But they could finish as high as third or as low as eighth, depending on results of Saturday games.

If they win, they can't finish any worse than fifth. If Buffalo loses at first-place Bowling Green, KSU would move into fourth. If Ohio loses at last-place Miami, Kent would take third.

Akron beat Ohio on Wednesday 71-67 in Akron. It was Ohio's first game after three cancellations because of COVID-19 problems on the team.

The Zips are 4-13 and in 11th place in the MAC. They're led by forward Jordyn Dawson, who leads them in scoring (16.3 points per game), rebounding (7.3), assists (4.0) and steals (2.2).

KSU starting guards Katie Shumate and Clare Kelly sat out the team's 82-65 loss Wednesday at Bowling Green with injuries. Coach Todd Starkey said it would be a "game-time decision" on whether they would play Saturday.

Starkey said he most wants them to be healthy and rested for the MAC Tournament, which starts Wednesday in Cleveland.

Preview is on the blog at at https://wbbFlashes.com.
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For the fourth-straight year, Kent State and Buffalo will meet in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals.

The Flashes beat Akron 64-58 Saturday, and Buffalo edged first-place Bowling Green 69-68 in overtime at BG.

Buffalo has the fourth seed in the tournament, KSU the fifth. The winner of the game, which will start about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, will meet the winner of the Bowling Green-Eastern Michigan game in the semifinals.

Kent State finishes the regular season at 11-8, 10-6 in the MAC. Buffalo finished at 11-6 in the conference. Akron's season ended with a 7-14 record, 4-14 and 11th in the league.

Starting in place of injured guard Clare Kelly, Hannah Young had 15 rebounds to lead the Flashes to a 48-24 dominance on the board. KSU had 22 offensive rebounds and 21 second-chance points.

Kent State was ahead by 14 points in the second quarter when leading scorer Nila Blackford went to the bench with three fouls. Akron outscored KSU 13-2 for the rest of the quarter, and the game was closed for most of the rest of the way.

Blackford re-entered the game halfway through the third quarter and provided the difference. In the fourth quarter, she scored 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting. Blackford finished with 21 points in 21 minutes and made 5-of-6 free throws, a place where she had been struggling.

Katie Shumate, playing 37 minutes after being rested in Wednesday's loss to BG, hit her first three baskets to lead KSU to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter. Shumate finished with 15 points.

Full game story, the tournament bracket, and final MAC standings are on the blog at https://wbbFlashes.com.
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Nila Blackford was named second-team all MAC Tuesday. Lindsey Thall made all-defensive team, and Thall and Katie Shumate were honorable mention all-MAC.

Ohio's Cece Hooks was player of the year, Bowling Green's Robyn Fralick coach of the year, BG's Lexi Fleming freshman of the year.

First team was Hooks, Dayaisha Fair of Buffalo, Oshlynn Brown of Ball State, Micaela Kelly of Central Michigan (last season's player of the year), and Molly Davis of Central Michigan.

First and second teams have a total of five sophomores, a freshman and four seniors.

Details on the blog at https://wbbFlashes.com.
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That coach at BGSU is going to be a thorn in our side for quite awhile. As far as our team I feel like we regressed a bit this year. Modkins did better than expected but her size is a liability at times. Thought she wore down as season went on. We also had little help off the bench. Young had some moments but she seems to be the Mitch Petersen of the women’s team. Does a lot of things well but just can’t consistently score. Johnson and Marchese just gave us some minutes but no real scoring and except for a few games no rebounding either.

Shumate was a disappointment probably because of the knee. Her shooting just wasn’t there. Blackford was excellent as expected. Santoro and Kelly played as well as expected.

Not having seen the team all year I’m just looking at box scores which isn’t the best way to evaluate a team but that’s my COVID excuse for this year.

Obviously each player, coach and team reacted differently to COVID so none of this means very much for next year. This year will be unique for at least the next 100 years, I hope.

If they beat Buffalo, I will probably go to the Friday game assuming I can get a ticket. It would be good to see a live game.
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