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Jamie Hutcheson matched a career-high 16 points, including a career-best four 3-pointers, but Kent State could not overcome turnover trouble and a better-than-average shooting Eastern Michigan at the M.A.C. Center on Thursday night.
The Flashes (2-16, 0-5 MAC) continued to shoot well at the line in the game, making 80 percent of their shots, although with only 26 total fouls in the game, Kent State only got to the line five times. They also matched their conference average in offensive rebounds, grabbing 13 and putting in 19 second chance points.
However, turnovers were problematic. Eastern Michigan (4-14, 2-3) was able to score 28 points off of 23 Kent State turnovers. The Eagles also didn't help the Flashes out, as they shot 46.3 percent in the game, more than 10 percent above their season average.
Hutcheson's 16-point performance was the team-best. She also contributed with three steals. Tamzin Barroilhet had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Flashes.
Bianca Cage netted 19 points off the bench to lead Eastern Michigan in scoring. Desyree Thomas had 12 points, also coming from the bench. Natachia Watkins had a team-high nine rebounds for the Eagles.
Kent State remains at home for a 2 p.m. contest against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, before finishing out the month of January on the road at Central Michigan.