RECORD-COURIER STAFF REPORT
Kent State's women's basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 56-55 loss Sunday afternoon at the M.A.C. Center when a last-second shot by Gaby Moss circled the rim and fell for Georgia State (4-6).
A 7-for-7 free-throw performance down the stretch gave the Golden Flashes (3-6) a one-point lead. With seven seconds remaining, Ashley Evans grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled, hitting both free throws.
After timeouts by both coaches, Georgia State rushed down the court in the final three seconds and Moss drained the buzzer-beating jumper, snapping KSU's two-game winning streak.
Kent State forced 19 turnovers in the game with 10 steals and scored 21 points off turnovers. The Panthers found success rebounding, grabbing 38 compared to Kent State's 27, and were able to score 11 second-chance points off 10 offensive boards.
Evans and CiCi Shannon led the Flashes with 12 points each. Evans also had five assists while Shannon had six rebounds and four blocks, bringing her season total to 26. Cheylene Harper added 11 points off the bench.
The Flashes were hot out of the gate, scoring the game's first 10 points. That lead lasted until Georgia State closed the gap and tied the game with five minutes left in the opening half, but Kent State took a 22-20 lead into the locker room.
After the intermission, the Panthers scored to tie things up before the Flashes went on a 10-4 run to take the a six-point advantage. Georgia State then took a six-point lead of its own with 5:45 remaining before Kent State rallied.
The Flashes will have a break for finals week before returning to action on Tuesday, Dec. 17, hosting UMass.