Kent State women win second road basketball game of season

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Record-Courier staff report

The Kent State women's basketball team won its second game in the last four on Saturday with a 57-48 victory over host Western Michigan (9-14, 5-7 MAC).

It was only the Flashes (5-18, 2-10 MAC) second road win of the year, with the first coming in a 54-52 defeat of Stephen F. Austin.

The win was also Kent State's second MAC win, joining a 60-57 setback of Ball State on Feb. 2.

On Saturday, the Golden Flashes prevailed in large part because of strong shooting at the free-throw line, where the team finished 20-of-24.

"This was an old-school road win for our team today," said Kent State head coach Danielle O'Banion. "I'm really excited that (we) found a way to finish the game."

Western Michigan won the first half, taking a 29-22 lead into the half. Kent State, however, dominated the second half and outscored the Broncos 35-19.

"I think that our players were really invested in each other today," said O'Banion. "You never heard a moment of silence in the game from the bench. I think that the intangible quality with us today was that our players stuck together no matter what the score was. That's something that we're going to continue to emphasize."

Kent State was led offensively by Larissa Lurken, who had 12 points, while Amber Dunlap added nine points and Montia Johnson grabbed 12 rebounds.

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