The Kent State University women's basketball team snapped an 11-game losing streak on Saturday, earning a 60-57 victory over the visiting Ball State Cardinals.
For the Golden Flashes (4-16, 1-8 MAC), the win was also the team's first Mid-American Conference victory of the season.
Kent State was led offensively by Ashley Evans, who tied her career-high with 19 points. She was joined in double-digits by Rachel Mendelsohn (12 points). Additionally, CiCi Shannon had nine points and 10 rebounds, while Montia Johnson pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
"Our players really showed up with a high level of energy," Kent State Danielle O'Banion added, "and I thought our team's energy along with the fans and the band in particular, their energy really made it difficult for Ball State to find their rhythm from the very start of the game."
In the game's final minute, Ball State (9-11, 4-5 MAC) nailed a jump shot to bring the lead to within a point. Mikell Chinn answered at the line as she sunk both of her free throws with both teams in the double-bonus. With a three-point advantage and 26 seconds left in the game, the Cardinals were again able to connect on a jump shot to keep the win within reach. But yet again, the Flashes were clutch at the charity stripe, as Evans drained both her opportunities to give the home team a 60-57 edge.
MAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCORES
Bowling Green 66, Toledo 59
Akron 101, Buffalo 92
Miami 71, Eastern Michigan 65
Central Michigan 80, Ohio 63
MAC MEN'S BASKETBALL
Bowling Green 74, Buffalo 68
BOWLING GREEN -- Spencer Parker scored 23 points Sunday as Bowling Green rallied to beat Buffalo 74-68.
Richaun Holmes scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Jehvon Clarke added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Bowling Green (10-11, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) outshot Buffalo 42.1 percent to 38.2 percent.
Bowling Green scored two quick baskets, but Buffalo's Will Regan hit three consecutive 3-pointers and the Bulls never trailed again in the half. Clarke made a layup at the buzzer and the Bulls led 37-35 at halftime.
Bowling Green tied it at 41 in the second half on a jumper by Cameron Black and the lead traded hands until Holmes put the Falcons up 67-66 with a free throw at 2:28.
Regan led Buffalo (11-7, 5-3) with 17, Joshua Freelove scored 16, Javon McCrea had 14.