After struggling through the first seven games the season, the Kent State women's basketball team put on a show on its home floor at the M.A.C. Center to take down Temple and give KSU head coach Danielle O'Banion her first career win, 71-62.
The Golden Flashes (1-7) trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, but stepped up their defense to hold Temple (5-3) to just 10 points in a 15-minute span, cutting the Owls' lead to three with 5:30 remaining in the game.
Trisha Krewson then drained her fourth 3-pointer of the night to give Kent State its first lead in the second half. Ashley Evans made five free throws in the last 1:13 to help put the game out of reach.
Krewson finished with a team-high 18 points, shooting 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. Tamzin Barroilhet also had a big night, scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
For the third consecutive game, three or more Flashes reached double-digits in scoring. Diamon Beckford and Evans joined Krewson and Barroilhet with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Kent State also saw big improvement in turnovers Thursday night. The Flashes turned the ball over a season-low 14 times, 10 less than their average of 24. Defense was key in this area as well, as Kent State forced 19 Temple turnovers, resulting in 28 points for the Flashes.
Victoria McCaulay had a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds for Temple. Tyonna Williams was the only other Owl who scored in double-figures, netting 14 points.