KSU women win

By Don Dreger Record-Courier assistant sports edit Published:

The injury goddess threw the Kent State women's basketball team another dagger, but Golden Flashes coach Bob Lindsay just shook it off. Starting center Andrea Csaszar (6-foot-6) has a stress fracture and will miss three to four weeks. Starting guard Valerie Zona has a broken nose but can play with a mask. With only seven players available, Lindsay encouraged the troops to play harder and did they ever. On Saturday, in front of 1,273 fans at the M.A.C. Center, the Golden Flashes whipped Mid-American Conference foe Central Michigan, 78-48. The Flashes shot a blistering 61 percent in the first half for a 38-16 lead, and cooled off to a respectable 52 percent in the second half. With leading scorer Csaszar out, Kent State still controlled the paint and had a slim 36-34 rebounding edge. Led by freshman forward Ashley Clark's 21 points and 10 rebounds, along with Katalin Kollat, who took Csaszar's place (18 points), Kent State scored 32 points in the paint. "Considering we had only seven players and Csaszar out, we had a good effort from the team," said Lindsay. "Except for a few isolated incidents, we did a good job on defense against Central Michigan. We sucked it up and got it done." Right from the beginning, the Flashes had their hands on the Chippewas' throat. In the first eight minutes, Kent State had a 12-0 lead and never let up. "It's always important to establish yourself early," said Lindsay. "That is typical of our play in this gym." Central Michigan coach Eileen Kleinfelter felt her team was intimidated from the start. "Kent State has had an easy time with us the last few years," said Kleinfelter. "They have won by as many as 40 points. And Kent State is a very physical team. Our kids were always getting bumped on their shots." But it was Clark who established herself early. She scored on drives and quick turnarounds. "I felt I was quicker than my opponent," said Clark about her moves in the paint. Lindsay said when Clark plays hard she is one of the best players around, claiming that Clark has a good nose for the ball. Kent State's guards, Kate Miller (16 points) and Zona (13 points), were 5-of-11 from 3-point land. The Flashes take to the road for two games, playing at Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday and at Marshall next Saturday.

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