Kent State Women's Basketball Tips Off Interdivision Action By Hosting Central Michigan
Golden Flashes take aim at third straight home victory.
The Kent State women’s basketball team looks to string together back-to-back victories for the first time in 2011-12 and even its Mid-American Conference record at 3-3 as it entertains West Division opponent Central Michigan Sunday (Jan. 22) at the M.A.C. Center. Tip time is set for 2 p.m. Fans will once again have the opportunity to participate in the always intense Basketball Bingo during the game. Tickets start at just $5. For more information contact the Kent State Athletics Ticket Office at (330) 672-2244.
The Golden Flashes (3-12, 2-3 MAC) begin a stretch of six straight games against interdivision opponents with Sunday’s contest and are seeking their third straight win at the friendly confines.
Sunday's game against the Chippewas will feature live stats and free live web video. The provided links will activate at the start of Saturday's game.
Sunday's contest will be aired live on both ESPN Radio 990 AM and 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.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS (11-8 overall, 3-2 MAC)
All-time series: Kent State leads, 30-22
Kent State Head Coach Bob Lindsay vs. Central Michigan: 26-9
Current Streak: L1
• The Golden Flashes and Chippewas battle for the 53rd time. Kent State was just 4-13 against Central Michigan before Bob Lindsay’s arrival in 1989-90. Since then, the Flashes have bested the Chippewas 26 times in the last 35 meetings and have won four of the last seven -- including an 82-76 win at the M.A.C. Center on Jan. 27, 2010, in the last meeting at Kent.
• Kent State fought through a see-saw contest at Central Michigan on Feb. 12, 2011, in the last game between the squads, but the Golden Flashes succumbed to a 19-6 run over the game’s final 5:21 to drop a 78-72 decision to the Chippewas. Jamilah Humes poured in 27 points.
• Sue Guevara is in her fifth season at the helm of the Chippewas. She guided Central Michigan to a 20-win season in 2010-11, the program’s best in 20 years.
• Freshman guard Crystal Bradford has burst onto the scene as one of the MAC’s top scoring threats, averaging 15.0 points per game to rank fourth in the conference. She also ranks fifth in rebounding (7.6 per game) and fourth in steals (2.6 per game).
• Central Michigan leads the MAC in blocked shots with 4.7 per game. Bradford leads the conference with 1.9 per game.
IN THE AIR TONIGHT
A Kent State victory Sunday over Central Michigan would:
• Improve Kent State to 304-197 all-time in MAC play. The Golden Flashes have won at least 10 conference games 18 times in 30 seasons of MAC action -- all of which have come Lindsay’s tenure.
• Improve Kent State’s all-time record in the month of January to 190-120. Kent State went 6-3 in the first month of the calendar year in 2010-11. The Flashes have posted winning records in January 26 times in 36 seasons -- including 20 times in the last 22 seasons under Lindsay.
• Improve Kent State’s all-time record in games played on Jan. 22 to 8-6 -- including 8-4 in MAC play. The Golden Flashes are 1-1 against Central Michigan on games played on the 22nd day of the calendar year, suffering an 82-72 setback in Mount Pleasant, Mich., in 1996 and posting an 89-70 win at the M.A.C. Center in 1992. Kent State has lost three straight on Jan. 22 -- including a 69-65 overtime loss at Ball State last season.
FLASH BACK: JAN. 19 VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Kent State shot a season-best 53.4% from the field and dished out a season-high 26 assists to power the squad to an 85-73 victory over Buffalo last Thursday (Jan. 19) at the M.A.C. Center.
The Golden Flashes received double-digit scoring efforts from four starters. Junior guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio) led the charge, knocking down five threes to help accumulate a career-high 26 points and seven assists in addition to hauling in a game-high eight rebounds. She reached double figures for the 10th time in 2011-12 and seventh time in the last 10 games. Junior forward Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.) totaled a career-best 23 points -- including three treys -- and piled up seven boards. She has reached double figures in scoring six times this season -- including in four of Kent State’s last six games. Junior guard Tamzin Barroilhet (Sainte Maxime, France) totaled 19 points and added six assists. She has hit the double-digit mark in three of the last four games. Freshman guard Jamie Hutcheson (Ancaster, Ontario) nailed three buckets from behind the arc and matched her career high with 13 points. Freshman guard Itziar Llobet (Sant Cugat de Valles, Spain) handed out a career-high eight assists to propel the balanced offensive attack.
CLEARING GLASS CLEARS WAY TO VICTORY
Kent State’s formula for success this season has been relatively simple: winning the battle of the boards equates to winning basketball games. The Golden Flashes have outrebounded the opposition, 118-88, in their three victories in 2011-12.
DISHING IT OUT LIKE CANDY
Kent State’s 26 assists in its 85-73 victory over Buffalo last Thursday (Jan. 19) were the squad’s most in a game since passing out 22 against Vermont on Dec. 19, 2010.
CLOSING IN ON 600 WINS
Kent State is just three victories away from tallying 600 all-time victories. The Golden Flashes are aiming to join Bowling Green (683) and Toledo (619) as the only MAC schools with at least 600 wins.
Kent State opens a two-game MAC West road trip by traveling to Kalamazoo, Mich., to meet Western Michigan Wednesday (Jan. 25).