Golden Flashes take aim at fourth win in last six games.
The Kent State women's basketball team'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.
The Golden Flashes (5-14, 4-5 MAC) take aim at their fourth triumph in their last six games and can improve to 3-2 against MAC West foes with a win over the Rockets.
Saturday's game against the Rockets will feature live stats and free live web video. The provided links will activate at the start of Saturday's game.
Saturday'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.
Mike Cairns will handle play-by-play duties on SportsTime Ohio's television broadcast with Jacki Windon provide color commentary.
TOLEDO ROCKETS (14-2 overall, 7-2 MAC)
All-time series: Toledo leads, 34-28
Kent State Head Coach Bob Lindsay vs. Toledo: 16-24
Current Streak: L2
• The Golden Flashes and Rockets match up for the 63rd time. Toledo leads the all-time series, but the Golden Flashes boast a winning record on their home floor against the Rockets and have won four straight over Toledo in games played at the M.A.C. Center -- including a 62-59 win on Feb. 3, 2010.
• Kent State battled back from a 23-point deficit against Toledo, but the Golden Flashes ran out of time in a 66-53 loss in the last meeting between the two programs on Jan. 29, 2011, at Savage Arena. Taisja Jones led the Flashes with 16 points to tie for the game-high.
• Tricia Cullop is in her fourth season as head coach of the Rockets and guided Toledo to the WNIT title last season following a 2010-11 campaign in which the program captured its eighth MAC regular season crown and first since 2003. Toledo is vying for the MAC West title once again this season and is deadlocked with Eastern Michigan for the top spot in the division after rattling off six straight wins since a 70-66 loss to to the Eagles on Jan. 11.
• Toledo lost senior guard Naama Shafir for the remainder of the 2011-12 season after she suffered a torn ACL, but sophomore guard Andola Dortch has stepped up in her abscence, averaging a team-best 13.4 points per game to rank seventh in the MAC.
A Kent State victory Saturday over Toledo would:
• Improve Kent State to 306-199 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 during Lindsay’s tenure.
• Improve Kent State’s all-time record in the month of February to 112-106. Kent State went 4-3 in the second month of the calendar year in 2010-11. The Flashes have posted winning records in February 23 times in 36 seasons -- including 18 times in the last 22 seasons under Lindsay. Kent State is 12-11 all-time in month of February against Toledo, most recently capturing a 62-59 win at the M.A.C. Center on Feb. 3, 2010.
• Improve Kent State’s all-time record in games played on Feb. 4 to 6-6 -- including 4-6 in MAC play. The Golden Flashes beat the Rockets, 77-68, in 1998 in Toledo in the only other meeting between the two programs on Feb. 4. Kent State has lost three straight on the fourth day of the second month of calendar year, most recently dropping a 109-94 decision at Central Michigan in 2009.
Kent State could not recover from a 21-point halftime deficit and fell to Ball State, 75-56, in a MAC interdivision game Wednesday (Feb. 1) at the M.A.C. Center.
The Golden Flashes could not overcome a 60.7%-28.6% first-half shooting disparity and suffered their second straight loss to a MAC West foe. The Cardinals 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.
Kent State is just one win away from tallying 600 all-time victories. The Golden Flashes are aiming to join Bowling Green (687) and Toledo (623) as the only MAC schools with at least 600 wins.
Junior guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio) has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 5 First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The honor recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Krewson is the lone selection out of the Mid-American Conference and joins Northwestern junior Kendall Hackney, Dayton senior Justine Raterman, Purdue senior Brittany Rayburn, Michigan junior Jenny Ryan and Western Illinois senior Sadie Webb on the District 5 squad, which covers the states of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. An English major with a double minor in justice studies and pre-law, Krewson’s 3.98 grade-point average is the highest on the District 5 team.
In her first season wearing the Blue & Gold after sitting out the 2010-11 season after transferring from Bucknell, Krewson is Kent State’s top scorer this season, averaging 11.8 points per game to rank 11th in the MAC. She ranks second on the squad with 5.8 rebounds per game -- good for 15th in the conference.
Krewson has reached double figures in scoring on a team-high 11 occasions in 2011-12 and has totaled 15 or more points eight times. She led the charge in Kent State’s 85-73 victory over Buffalo on Jan. 19, 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.
Krewson was named the MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week on Nov. 26 after averaging 17.5 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 assists as the Golden Flashes finished the second week of the 2011-12 season with a split -- including a 65-64 triumph on Nov. 18 in the squad’s home opener at the M.A.C. Center.
Kent State visits Ypsilanti, Mich., to square off against Eastern Michigan next Saturday (Feb. 11) in its final interdivision contest of the 2011-12 campaign. Tip time is slated for 2 p.m.