Halftime Deficit Too Much For Kent State Women’s Basketball To Overcome In Loss To Ball State
Llobet leads Flashes in scoring for second straight game.
KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State women's basketball could not recover from a 21-point halftime deficit and fell to Ball State, 75-56, in a Mid-American Conference interdivision game Wednesday (Feb. 1) at the M.A.C. Center.
The Golden Flashes (5-14, 4-5 MAC) could not overcome a 56%-35.7% first-half shooting disparity and suffered their second straight loss to a MAC West foe. The Cardinals. (8-14, 3-6 MAC) used a 44-3 edge in bench scoring and a 36-24 advantage in points in the paint to gain the upper hand.
Freshman guard Itziar Llobet (Sant Cugat de Valles, Spain) led Kent State in scoring for a second straight game, tallying a game-high 17 points to reach double digits for the ninth time in 2011-12 and third game in a row. She also matched her career-high with four steals. Junior guard Tamzin Barroilhet (Sainte Maxime, France) tallied 14 points, reaching double figures for the fifth time in the last eight games and sixth time this season. She also dished out a game-high seven assists to match her career best and pulled in a team-high five rebounds. Freshman guard Jamie Hutcheson (Ancaster, Ontario) chipped in 10 points, marking her seventh double-digit effort of the season.
Ball State dominated the first 20 minutes to take a 41-20 advantage into halftime, but Kent State gave the Cardinals a fight over the first eight minutes of the second half to make it a new ballgame. The Flashes outscored the Cardinals, 20-7, over the opening 8:31 of the second half, using treys by Barroilhet, Llobet and junior guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio) and layups by Barroilhet, Krewson, Hutcheson and junior forward Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.) to make it a five-point game at 48-43. Unfortunately for the Flashes, that's as close they got, as Ball State never trailed by less than seven points over the final 11:57.
Three Cardinals hit double figures in the victory for Ball State, with junior guard Shanee' Jackson leading the way with 16 points. Senior forward Suzanne Grossnickle achieved a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. Sophomore guard Brandy Wood also added 13 points.
Kent State's final interdivision home game of the 2011-12 season features a televised showdown Saturday (Feb. 4) against Toledo. Tip time is set for noon from the M.A.C. Center, and the game will be broadcast on SportsTime Ohio, ESPN Full Court and ESPN 3. All fans in attendance will receive scrolls and 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.