Kent State women's basketball routed by MAC power Bowling Green

Record-Courier staff report Published:

Record-Courier staff report

BOWLING GREEN -- The Kent State women's basketball team could not keep up with Bowling Green at the Stroh Center on Thursday night as the host Falcons cruised to an 82-38 Mid-American Conference victory.

Bowling Green (24-3, 14-1 MAC) jumped out to a 9-2 lead at the first media break, but Kent State (6-20, 3-12 MAC) kept fighting its way back in it, getting to within eight points of the lead with a minute to go until halftime.

However, BG pulled away in that final minute to lead 41-26 at the half.

Both teams had a hot-shooting start, as Kent State shot 70.6 percent from the floor while Bowling Green shot 61.5 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

The Falcons jumped out on an 8-0 run to start the second half, forcing the Golden Flashes' bench to call a timeout three minutes in. Kent State was unable to find its hot hand again, shooting just 15.4 percent in the closing 20 minutes.

Turnovers stifled Kent State's efforts in the game. The Golden Flashes committed 22 of them that resulted in 28 points for the Falcons.

Kent State matched Bowling Green in the paint on the night, as each team scored 26 points from close range.

CiCi Shannon led the Flashes with 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Ashley Evans contributed with eight points.

Kent State hosts Akron on Sunday in a PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge game, which is also the Golden Flashes' last home game of the season. Alumni will be recognized at halftime and the team's two seniors will be honored post-game.

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