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Record-Courier Staff Report
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — No. 25 Kent State knocked off previously unbeaten No. 19 Central Michigan 195.525-195.500 on Sunday at McGuirk Arena.
The Golden Flashes move into first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 4-0 league record (7-1 overall), while the Chippewas fall to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the MAC.
Senior star Marie Case led the way by taking first place in the all-around with a career-high total of 39.475. She delivered a clutch balance beam routine, scoring a 9.925 to give the Flashes the narrow victory.
"There's one person you know that has to make her routine, and we couldn't have had a better person to be up there for us," said KSU coach Brice Biggin. "We call on her (Marie) all the time, and she does so much for this program.
"She answers the call every day and works harder each time."
A season-high team score of 48.875 on uneven bars to open the meet also keyed the victory. Case landed a season-best 9.875, while Jaymi Baxter tied for fourth (9.800).
In the second rotation, vault, the Flashes saw their lead extend to 0.775 over the Chippewas. Case tied for third overall with a team-high 9.775, while Chelsea Drooger and Amiah Mims tied for fifth (9.750).
"The girls took advantage early and never really let them (Central Michigan) get back in the meet," said Biggin. "Any time you come to Michigan it's always a tough meet, and for them to do that is unbelievable."
Central Michigan cut the lead to .500 after the third rotation, floor exercise. Case turned in a team-best 9.900, which tied her season high and was good for second. Mims tied for fourth at 9.850.
The final rotation came down to the last score for both teams. Halle Moraw finished her routine with a 9.900 for the Chippewas, and Case produced a 9.925 to push the Flashes over the Chippewas. Case took first, tying her personal-best score, while Nicole Radon added a 9.800.