Kent State women's basketball picks up first conference win against Ohio

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Athens -- When Kent State (3-18, 1-7) needed a big shot late in the game, they drained it, earning their first conference and road win at Ohio (5-15, 0-8) on Sunday (Feb. 3).

The Flashes were down by as much as 16 points in the second half, but they fought back and shot a season-high 47% in the game to earn the 57-55 victory.

Kent State brought the lead within one point with seven minutes to go in the contest after a layup by Tamzin Barroilhet. Ohio answered right back, but then after two made free throws, a steal and two layups, Kent State grabbed their first lead of the game, finding themselves up by three with just more than four minutes to play.

But, yet again the Bobcats wouldn't back down that easily. They took a four-point lead with 1:15 on the clock and looked like they would come away the victor. However, Rachel Mendelsohn sunk one from the top of the key and Amber Dunlap nailed a pull-up jumper to get the lead back with 22 seconds to go. Mendelsohn came up big again, forcing a turnover, and Ohio missed a last-second shot to secure the victory for Kent State.

Barroilhet led all in the game with 18 points, ten rebounds and five assists. Mendelsohn played 39 minutes of the game, scoring 14 with a career-high nine rebounds and four steals. Dunlap also reached double-digits, netting 12 points.

For Ohio, Kiyanna Black finished with 14 points and three assists. Alex'ie Baldwin scored ten.

Kent State hopes to notch two more in the win column next week as they return home to the M.A.C.C. for back-to-back games. They host Western Michigan Thursday (Feb. 7) at 7:00 pm and Northern Illinois Sunday (Feb. 10) at 2:00 pm.

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