Florida International went on to defeat Florida State 75-63 in the championship game.
The Golden Flashes, who raised their record to 3-1, were never in trouble the entire game. They jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first two minutes behind five points by sophomore forward Carrie Nance.
"We were more prepared than we were against Florida International," said Kent head coach Bob Lindsay. "We made some nice plays offensively and defensively to break the game open and hold the lead.
"We had a better rebounding game and we were more mentally into the contest."
Kent State had a 43-39 rebounding edge. The Golden Flashes also had a better shooting night, 43.8 percent to 36.8 and had a big edge in fouls shots, 27-of-40 to 8-of-22. However, Kent still had too many turnovers (25), but forced Long Beach State (31) into even more.
Kent rolled to a 51-32 margin at halftime, shooting a blistering 51.5 percent from the field. Freshman Jamie Rubis (North Canton) made her first start and finished with seven points, seven rebounds and three assists.
In the second half, center Julie Studer was a dominate force. She scored 14 of her game-high 19 points in the second half, including the first 10 points.
Long Beach cut the lead to 12 points several times but the Golden Flashes held off the 49ers down the stretch by hitting 10-of-12 foul shots.
Senior forward Alana Bader produced her third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Nance finished with 15 points, Jenny Kempf had 10 and star guard Dawn Zerman had seven points in only 16 minutes.
Kent State returns to action at home in the MAC Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. when the Flashes host Monmouth.