Kent State women's basketball falls on road to Eastern Michigan, 65-57

Record-Courier staff report Published:

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Eastern Michigan used a 13-0 run in the second half to hold off Kent State for a 65-57 win on Thursday night at the Convocation Center.

Kent State led 41-40 with 11:25 to play after a 15-foot jumper by Amber Dunlap. But that basket was followed by the Eagles' run.

Even after Eastern Michigan seized control, the Golden Flashes refused to quit. A mini-run highlighted by a 3-pointer by Dunlap in the final minute briefly cut the Eastern lead to six points.

"Our players battled and had a chance at the end after Ashley hit that 3," said Kent State head coach Danielle O'Banion. "That's a big step forward for our team to play that well on the road. Unfortunately, our execution from a defensive standpoint wasn't good enough. We were trying to foul at the end, but couldn't."

KSU's Montia Johnson came off of the bench to score 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, while Ashley Evans added 11 for the Golden Flashes, who fell to 4-17 overall and 1-9 in Mid-American Conference play.

As a team, Kent State made 22 of its 44 attempts from the field.

"The truth is that when you shoot 50 percent from the field on the road, you usually deserve to win," said O'Banion. "However, when you turn the ball over 24 times the way we did and that turns into 23 points for the other team, that makes it difficult.

"Points off of turnovers, second-chances and fastbreaks, those things are Eastern Michigan's bread-and-butter. And Eastern Michigan did a good job of being Eastern Michigan tonight."

The Eagles outscored the Flashes 23-13 off turnovers, 17-4 on second-chance opportunities and 14-2 on the break.

Kent State's biggest advantage came in the paint, where the Flashes outscored the Eagles 32-26.

Eastern Michigan shot just 33.8 percent from the field (22-of-25), but turnovers and a 16-4 edge in offensive rebounds allowed the Eagles to attempt 21 more shots than the Flashes.

Natachia Watkins led Eastern with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Cha Sweeney and Sara Stone added 12 each for the Eagles, who improved to 13-8 overall and 3-7 in MAC play.

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