Kent State Women's Basketball Wraps Up Regular Season With Showdown Against Bowling Green
Seeding, possible home MAC Tournament First Round Game hang in the balance for Golden Flashes
The Kent State women’s basketball team will have the opportunity to vie for a higher seed and a first-round home game in the upcoming 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament as it welcomes East Division champion Bowling Green to the M.A.C. Center Tuesday (Feb. 28) in its regular season finale. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. Tickets start at just $5. For more information contact the Kent State Athletics Ticket Office at (330) 672-2244.
Tuesday's game against the Falcons will feature live stats and free live web video. The provided links will activate at the start of Tuesday's game.
Tuesday'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
BOWLING GREEN FALCONS (23-5 overall, 13-2 MAC)
All-time series: Bowling Green leads, 41-29
Kent State Head Coach Bob Lindsay vs. Bowling Green: 20-27
Current Streak: L2
• A late run proved to be the difference as Kent State lost to Bowling Green, 76-57, in its 2011-12 MAC opener on Jan. 4 at the Stroh Center.
The Golden Flashes trailed the Falcons by eight, 57-49, with 7:34 to play, but Bowling Green closed out the victory with a 19-8 run.
Freshman forward Melanee Stubbs (Merrillville, Ind.) came off the bench to lead Kent State with a career-high 12 points. She was joined in double figures by freshman guard Jamie Hutcheson (Ancaster, Ontario), who reached double digits for the fifth time in the last seven games with 10 points. Freshman guard Itziar Llobet (Sant Cugat de Valles, Spain) just missed out on hitting double figures for the seventh time in the last nine games, finishing with nine points. Junior forward Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.) led the Flashes with six rebounds while junior guard Tamzin Barroilhet (Sainte Maxime, France) matched Llobet on the defensive end with three steals and chipped in seven points.
Bowling Green junior guard Chrissy Steffen posted a double-double, leading all scorers with 27 points and hauling in 10 rebounds.
• The Falcons clinched the MAC East Division title with a 64-55 win over Miami last Saturday (Feb. 25) at the Stroh Center.
FLASH BACK: FEB. 25 VS. AKRON
Kent State used a strong offensive effort and held off a late charge by Akron, defeating its rival, 77-76, in a frantic finish last Saturday at the M.A.C. Center.
The Golden Flashes put a halt to a seven-game losing skid, picking up their first win since a 67-61 triumph at Western Michigan on Jan. 25. Kent State evened the score with the Zips, avenging a 68-62 loss at Rhoades Arena on Jan. 14. The victory also allowed Kent State to earn another half point over Akron in the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge, which the Flashes currently lead by a count of 4.5-3 after the Kent State women's track & field team won the MAC Indoor title and Akron captured gold on the men's side.
Kent State saw five student-athletes reach double figures in scoring for a second straight game, led by a career-high 16 points by junior center Leslie Schaefer (Verona, Wis.), who achieved her first career double-double by hauling in a career-high 12 rebounds. She reached double figures in points for the third straight game while starting in place of injured Beckford. Llobet added 14 points and dished out a game-high six assists, while junior guard Barroilhet contributed 13 points and handed out five assists. Llobet has hit double digits in scoring 13 times this season and seven times in the last nine games while Barroilhet achieved the feat for the 12th time in 2011-12 and seventh straight game. Freshman guard Dena Droste (East Lansing, Mich.) tallied a career-high 12 points, and junior guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio) totaled 11 points to hit double digits for a team-high 15th time this season and third time in the last four games. Hutcheson just missed out on becoming the sixth Flash to hit double digits, scoring nine points in addition to matching Llobet with a game-high four steals on the defensive end.
600 WIN CLUB
Kent State Bowling Green and Toledo as the only MAC schools with at least 600 wins after downing Akron last Saturday. 418 of those victories have come during the Lindsay era.
WHERE THEY STAND
If the MAC Tournament started today, here's what the seedings would look like:
1. Bowling Green
2. Eastern Michigan
5. Central Michigan
6. Northern Illinois
9. Kent State
10. Western Michigan
12. Ball State
Seeds 4-8 will host first-round games Saturday. Kent State could finish as high as the No. 7 seed or as low as the No. 11 seed depending on how things shake out.
Depending on the outcome of Tuesday’s game against the Falcons as well as other games around the conference, the Golden Flashes will either host or hit the road for a MAC Tournament First Round game Saturday (March 3).