Record-Courier staff report
A spirited effort by the Kent State women's basketball team on Wednesday night nearly pulled off the upset.
On Senior Night, the Flashes pushed Bowling Green to its limits, but eventually could not get over the top in a 51-43 loss to the visiting Falcons.
The two teams battled to a low-scoring first half, 16-14 in favor of BG, then turned the tempo of the game up in the second half. The Falcons outscored the Flashes in the second half 35-29.
For the Flashes, finding a good rhythm on offense was the issue. The team shot just 15-of-50 from the floor (30 percent) and had just one player reach double-digits in Diamon Beckford, who finished with a game-high 14 points.
Beckford was the only player for the Flashes to shoot over 50 percent from the floor (5-for-9). Trisha Krewson was second in scoring for the Flashes (3-26, 1-15 MAC) with eight points, adding four rebounds.
Tamzin Barroilhet had five assists in the game, while Jamie Hutcheson had four steals and Ashley Evans grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
What helped keep Kent State in the game was the fact that Bowling Green was not heating up offensively either. The Falcons (19-9, 10-5 MAC) shot 37 from the field and made just 2-of-18 of their 3-point attempts. Additionally, the Falcons struggled at the line, making just 9-of-16.
Leading Bowling Green offensively was Chrissy Steffen, who had 13 points and also had eight rebounds. Jillian Halfhill had a team-high nine rebounds and five assists for the Falcons.