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No. 5 Baylor easily dispatches Kent State women's basketball; Ohio State women win

Kelsey Mitchell scored 10 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, and No. 8 Ohio State

Staff and wire report Published: November 26, 2016 4:00 AM

Kent State senior guard Larissa Lurken reached the 1,000-point milestone during the Kent State women's basketball team's 84-42 loss to No. 5 Baylor in the opener of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Friday afternoon at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla.

Lurken, who led the Golden Flashes with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer less than two minutes into the contest that gave her 1,000 career points. She is the 20th player in KSU women's basketball history to earn the achievement -- and first since 2011 (Jamilah Humes).

Lurken's 3 gave the Flashes (2-3) a 5-2 lead, but the Bears (5-1) responded with 15-0 run to take control. In the second quarter, Baylor shot 68 percent from the floor to build a 47-20 advantage before Kent State's Megan Carter (6 points) threw up an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer that counted.

The Flashes played the Bears evenly in the third quarter (13-13), but Baylor was able to build on its cushion in the final 10 minutes. The Bears dominated the glass, out-rebounding Kent State 49-23.

Naddiyah Cross added six points and four assists for the Flashes, who will take on Western Kentucky in their second game of the Gulf Coast Classic today at 11 a.m.

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NO. 8 OHIO STATE 79, FLORIDA GULF COAST 66

ESTERO, Fla. -- Kelsey Mitchell scored 10 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, and No. 8 Ohio State pulled away late to beat Florida Gulf Coast 79-66 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Shayla Cooper finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Buckeyes (4-1), who needed an 11-0 spurt in the fourth quarter to take control. Stephanie Mavunga added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Ohio State.

Taylor Gradinjan and Nasrin Ulel each scored 13 for Florida Gulf Coast (2-3), which trailed by one at halftime and was still within five points early in the fourth.

The Eagles (2-3) -- who are playing this weekend about two miles from their campus -- were 12-for-37 from 3-point range and 8-for-30 from inside the arc.


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