Kent State Women's Basketball Visits Marshall For 2011-12 Lid Lifter
Flashes look to win season opener for a second straight season.
The Kent State women's basketball team begins its 37th season of competition Friday (Nov. 11) at Marshall in a 5 p.m. non-conference matchup at the Cam Henderson Center.
Friday's game against the Thundering Herd will feature live stats and live web video (subscription required). The provided links will activate at the start of Friday's game.
Friday's contest will be aired live on KentStateSports.com with Dave Wilson providing play-by-play commentary for a second straight season. Click the link above to listen live on your computer. The contest will also be broadcast on tape delay at 10 p.m. on WARF-AM Sportsradio 1350.
IN A FLASH
• Kent State is 18-18 all-time in season lid lifters, including a 12-10 mark during the Bob Lindsay era. The Golden Flashes improved to .500 all-time in season openers with a 60-54 win at Canisius last Nov. 10.
• The Flashes feature plenty of fresh faces on their 2011-12 roster. Kent State's entire starting five from the 2010-11 squad graduated, leaving behind a legacy of back-to-back 20-win seasons and WNIT berths and opening the door for eight newcomers to fill the void.
Kent State's two-game season-opening road trip concludes Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Robert Morris.
SCOUTING THE FLASHES
• A Kent State victory Friday over Marshall would be the second the second-straight season -opening win for the Golden Flashes and improve Kent State's all-time record in the month of November to 57-45 and mark its eighth straight November win.
• Kent State was tabbed to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference East Division according to the conference's preseason poll. The poll is voted on by the MAC's head coaches, media and SIDs.
•Bob Lindsay begins his 23rd season as head coach of the Flashes. Along he way, Lindsay has amassed more victories (412) than any Mid-American Conference basketball coach in history – men's or women's.
• Junior guard Tamzin Barroilhet anchors the backcourt, averaging 23 minutes per game and totaling 30 steals on the defensive end. Junior guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio) hits the court after sitting out last season following a two-year stint at Bucknell. She was named a Second-Team All-Patriot League performer as a sophomore after leading the Bison with 12.4 points per game in 2009-10.
• Junior center Leslie Schaefer (Verona, Wis.) is the elder statesman of the frontcourt, hauling in 72 rebounds in 54 games through two seasons as a reserve. Junior Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.) spent one season at New Hampshire, seeing action in 29 games before transferring to Kirkwood Community College and earning Second Team All-America status after averaging 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in 32 games in 2010-11.
• The 2011-12 roster features six freshmen who will compete for minutes and roles on the squad.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD (9-21 overall, 5-12 Conference USA in 2010-11)
All-time series: Kent State leads, 16-6
KSU's Lindsay vs. Marshall: 12-5
Current Streak: W1
• Marshall returns six players from a 2010-11 squad that went 9-21 overall and 5-12 in Conference USA action. The Thundering Herd are led by 11th-year head coach Royce Chadwick.
• Senior guard Lateidra Elliott averaged 9.2 points per game to rank as the squad's second-leading scorer last season and has made 20 starts in her career at the point. Junior guard/forward Veronica Ruiz was third on the team with 8.5 points per game while also collecting 6.1 rebounds per game.
• The Golden Flashes and Thundering Herd were Mid-American Conference foes from the 1997-98 season up until Marshall departed for Conference USA following the 2004-05 campaign. Kent State won 10 of its 14 meetings with Marshall during that period.
• Marshall has won five of the last eight contests between the two schools, but Kent State came out on top last season, rolling to a 79-55 victory in its 2010-11 home opener on Nov. 28 at the M.A.C. Center. Five players scored double figures for Kent State, led by a 15-point gems off the bench by Barroilhet and Ellie Shields. Barroilhet was a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown.