Kent State Succumbs to Bowling Green's Threes in 80-59 Setback
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Kent State women's basketball team (19-8, 10-5 Mid-American Conference) had a three-game winning streak and eight-game string of victories over MAC-East foes snapped Saturday afternoon in an 80-59 setback at Bowling Green in the penultimate game at venerable Anderson Arena.
Kent State had just two players in double figures, led by a 25-point game by senior Taisja Jones (Dallas, Texas). Senior Jamilah Humes (Saginaw, Mich.) added 13 points, while senior center Ellie Shields (Warren, Ohio) added nine.
With the win, Bowling Green (24-4, 12-3 MAC) captured the MAC-East title outright thanks to a two-game lead over Kent State with just one regular season game remaining. The Falcons were led by Chrissy Steffen's 22 points.
Bowling Green shot 13-of-30 from three-point range, the most three-pointers given up by the Golden Flashes this season.
"I didn't think today we were as physical to start the game and we let them get off on a good note," said head coach Bob Lindsay.
Kent State fell in an early 23-13 hole after Bowling Green was 5-of-8 from three-point range and held an 8-3 advantage in rebounding. The Falcons' hot shooting bolstered a 13-1 run early on.
The Flashes tried to battle back in the first stanza, thanks to 12 first-half points by Jones. But Kent State could not keep the Falcons in check from three-point range, as Bowling Green was a blistering 10-of-17 from long range. The result was a 49-29 advantage for the Falcons at the intermission.
Kent State whittled away at the Bowling Green lead in the second half thanks to holding the Falcons scoreless for almost six minutes and without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes.
But the Flashes could only get within 15 as late as 7:24 to go in the game. Bowling Green then snapped out of the doldrums and proceeded to score on six straight possessions to own a 76-53 lead with 3:26 to play.
Kent State shot 46.9 percent from the field, but just 3-of-13 from three-point range. The Flashes out-scored Bowling Green 34-24 in the paint.
Kent State still has a chance to capture a coveted first-round bye for the upcoming 2011 MAC Championship. The Flashes need to finish one game in front of either Eastern Michigan or Central Michigan to earn a bye.
The Golden Flashes conclude the regular season Wednesday, March 2 when Kent State heads to its neighbor's house to face Akron for a 7 p.m. contest at the JAR.