Record-Courier staff report
The Kent State women’s basketball team played some of its best basketball of the season on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, arch-rival Akron was able to pull off a 77-71 victory on Kent State’s Senior Day at the M.A.C. Center in Kent.
Kent State (3-23, 1-12 MAC) came out of the gate strong, going up by six points in the first three minutes. The game went back-and-forth until Akron was able to take a 10-point lead with four minutes left in the first. Jamie Hutcheson nailed a 3-pointer to finish the first half with the Flashes down by six.
The Golden Flashes continued to hustle and battle in the second half. It seemed every time Akron (18-8, 9-4) would get a double-digit lead, Kent State would answer right back. But Flashes’ effort fell short, resulting in Akron’s first win at the M.A.C. Center in 25 years.
Kent State won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Akron 38-29. The Flashes also had four players score in double-digits and four players grab five or more rebounds.
KSU’s Tamzin Barroilhet lived up to her Senior Day, scoring 19 points to go with 12 rebounds and three assists. Ashley Evans had her second big game in a row, netting a career-high 19 points. Trisha Krewson and Diamon Beckford also contributed, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively. Beckford also had seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Rachel Tecca led Akron in scoring with 20 points. Sina King finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.