Kent State Women’s Basketball Falls To Bethune-Cookman In Final Non-Conference Game
Krewson, Beckford finish in double figures.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Kent State women's basketball team fell to Bethune-Cookman, 58-49, Friday (Dec. 30) at Moore Gymnasium in its final non-conference game of the 2011-12 campaign.
The Golden Flashes (1-9) outshot (39.1%-38%) and outrebounded (38-28) the Lady Wildcats (3-9) but 23 turnovers proved to be Kent State's downfall as Bethune-Cookman converted the takeaways into 26 points.
Junior guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio) led all scorers with 16 points, marking the fourth straight game she reached double figures in scoring and seventh time this season. Junior forward Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.) achieved her first double-double wearing the blue & gold, tallying a career-best 12 points and hauling in a career-high 13 rebounds (six offensive, seven defensive). She reached double figures in scoring for the third time this season. Junior guard Tamzin Barroilhet (Sainte Maxime, France) added nine points and tallied a team-high three steals.
Redshirt senior guard Demetria Frank totaled a team-high 14 points and six rebounds (two offensive, four defensive) and was a force on the defensive end, piling up a game-high seven steals to lead Bethune-Cookman. Redshirt senior guard Jalisa Isaac joined Frank in double figures with 13 points.
The Lady Wildcats ran out to a 17-7 lead four minutes into the contest, but the Golden Flashes mounted a rally over the next six minutes, going on an 11-5 run that was highlighted by two layups and two jumpers by Krewson and a layup by Beckford and trimmed Bethune-Cookman's advantage to 22-18.
Unfortunately for the Golden Flashes, the Lady Wildcats shut them out over the final six minutes of the first half and swelled their lead to 16 points with 12:29 to play. A 10-2 run sparked by layups by Barroilhet, Beckford and freshman guard Itziar Llobet (Sant Cugat de Valles, Spain) and successful trips to the charity stripe by Beckford and Krewson over the next three minutes shaved Kent State's deficit to eight at 39-31 with 9:17 to play.
Bethune-Cookman increased its lead back to 13 points with 7:26 remaining, but a 13-8 rally by the Flashes made it a five-point contest with just 54 ticks left on the clock as Kent State took advantage of two treys by Krewson, a jumper and two free throws by Barroilhet and layups by freshman guard Jamie Hutcheson (Ancaster, Ontario) and junior center Leslie Schaefer (Verona, Wis.). That's as close as Kent State got, though, as the Golden Flashes were forced to foul in the final seconds and Bethune-Cookman iced the win by converting five of their final six freebies.
Kent State kicks off the new calendar year by beginning Mid-American Conference play next Wednesday (Jan. 4) at East Division nemesis Bowling Green.