Kent State women rout Miami (Ohio) 67-51 on strength of hot shooting, strong defense

Record-Courier staff report Published:

A strong shooting performance from the floor carried the Kent State women's basketball team to a 67-51 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Sunday afternoon at the M.A.C. Center.

Along with the help of a strong defensive effort, the Golden Flashes (6-19, 3-11 MAC) shot 53.5 percent from the field and sank 16-of-21 free throws en route to the win.

Neither team was able to grab much of an advantage at the onset, but when the Flashes took a three-point lead 7 1/2 minutes into the game, they never looked back. KSU led 36-25 at the half.

The home team kept its foot on the gas pedal in the second half, never letting Miami (7-18, 3-11) closer than 13 points.

A 28-point performance in the paint helped lead the KSU attack. CiCi Shannon finished with a game-high 16 points, and Montia Johnson was a few rebounds short of a double-double, netting 10 points and seven rebounds.

The KSU guards did their share, as well. Larissa Lurken remained on fire from 3-point range, draining 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc to end the day with 15 points. Amber Dunlap also reached double-digits in scoring with 10 points. Mikell Chinn was solid at the charity stripe, making all seven of her attempts.

Kent State grabbed 11 steals and forced 21 turnovers in the game. KSU also wracked up 15 assists.

The Golden Flashes hit the road for their next contest, heading to Bowling Green on Thursday for a 7 p.m. matchup.

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