Record-Courier staff report
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Despite being faced with a 17-0 deficit to open the game, the Kent State women's basketball team put on a huge first-half comeback to make a 59-44 loss at host Ball State (6-11, 3-1) on Saturday a much closer game than it appeared on paper.
The Golden Flashes (2-15, 0-4) struggled at the onset, turning the ball over in each of their first nine possessions to find themselves down 17-0. They then got to the foul line to put their first five points on the board before Rachel Mendelsohn drained a 3-pointer and then drove in the lane for a layup on back-to-back possessions to give the Flashes a spark.
Kent State was able to trim Ball State's lead to just six points at the half.
The Flashes had the lead within two points with 11:55 left in the second half, but that was as close as they would come, as fouls began to rack up and the Cardinals put the game out of reach.
Kent State out-rebounded Ball State 35-27 and the Flashes shot 52.9 percent in the second half. They made more than 40 percent of their field goals for the fifth time this season. However, they allowed 31 points off of 35 turnovers, including 20 points off 17 turnovers in the first half alone.
In her second career start, Mendelsohn scored a career-high 17 points and had three assists for KSU. She went 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
Also for the Flashes, Tamzin Barroilhet had a career-high with 11 rebounds. Amber Dunlap contributed with nine points, including a perfect 5-for-5 at the free-throw line.
Brandy Woody led Ball State with 11 points, six rebounds and seven steals. Brittany Carter had 11 points and a team-high five assists, while Nathalie Fontaine also scored 11 for the Cardinals.