Second-half runs push UMass past Kent State 69-61

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published:

Record-Courier staff report

Foul trouble proved to be the downfall for the Kent State women's basketball team (3-7) in a 69-61 loss to UMass on Tuesday night at the M.A.C. Center.

The Golden Flashes (3-7) held the lead for the majority of the opening 20 minutes, taking a 29-25 advantage at the half, and led 39-33 with 15:45 to play. But starting center CiCi Shannon played just nine minutes due to foul trouble and UMass (3-7) was evenutally able to capitalize, outscoring Kent State 16-4 in the paint during the second half.

UMass used a 9-0 run to take a 42-39 lead, and later went on an 8-0 run to grab a 58-49 advantage with 4:48 remaining. Kent State tried to rally, as Amber Dunlap scored eight points in the final 4:14 on two 3-pointers and two foul shots, but UMass was able to maintain a safe cushion down the stretch.

The Minutewomen won the game at the line, hitting 26-of-39 free throws compared to KSU's 13-of-22 effort from the charity stripe. They were also able to capitalize on 19 Kent State turnovers that resulted in 22 points.

Dunlap and Montia Johnson both finished with a team-high 14 points for the Flashes. Dunlap hit 4-of-5 3-pointers before fouling out after playing just 21 minutes, while Johnson grabbed six rebounds. Janae Peterson had the best game of her young career, finishing with nine points and seven rebounds.

Kim Pierre-Louis scored a game-high 18 points to pace UMass.

Kent State will round out non-conference play Friday night by hosting St. Bonaventure (9-4) at 7 p.m.

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