Kent State Women's Basketball Closes Interdivision Play With Matchup At Eastern Michigan
Golden Flashes look for third win over MAC West opponents.
The Kent State women's basketball team hits the road for its final interdivision game of the 2011-12 season, taking on Mid-American Conference West Division-leading Eastern Michigan Saturday (Feb. 11) at 2 p.m.
The Golden Flashes (5-15, 4-6 MAC) look to put an end to a three-game losing skid and take aim at finishing the regular season with a 3-3 mark against MAC West opponents.
Saturday's game against the Eagles (16-7, 8-2) will feature live stats and free live web video. The provided links will activate at the start of Saturday's game.
Saturday's contest will be aired live on both ESPN Radio 990 AM and KentStateSports.com, with Dave Wilson providing play-by-play commentary for a second straight season. Click the link above to listen live on your computer.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES (16-7 overall, 8-2 MAC)
All-time series: Kent State leads, 34-19
Kent State Head Coach Bob Lindsay vs. Eastern Michigan: 25-9
Current Streak: L3
• The Golden Flashes and Eagles match up for the 54th time. Kent State leads the all-time series, but Eastern Michigan took two from the Golden Flashes last season and have three straight over Kent State -- including a 69-65 win over the Flashes in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals.
• AnnMarie Gilbert is in her fourth season as head coach of the Eagles and led Eastern Michigan to a berth in the 2011 MAC Championship Game.
• Eastern Michigan's lineup boasts the MAC's leading scorer in senior guard Tavelyn James, who averages 23.7 points per game.
IN THE AIR TONIGHT
A Kent State victory Saturday over Eastern Michigan would:
• Improve Kent State to 306-200 all-time in MAC play. The Golden Flashes have won at least 10 conference games 18 times in 30 seasons of MAC action -- all of which have come during Lindsay’s tenure.
• Improve Kent State’s all-time record in the month of February to 112-107. Kent State went 4-3 in the second month of the calendar year in 2010-11. The Flashes have posted winning records in February 23 times in 36 seasons -- including 18 times in the last 22 seasons under Lindsay.
FLASH BACK: FEB. 4 VS. TOLEDO
For the third straight game, a tough first half was too much for the Kent State to overcome as the squad suffered a 66-55 setback to Toledo last Saturday (Feb. 4) in a Mid-American Conference interdivision game at the M.A.C. Center.
The Golden Flashes lost despite owning the advantage in points in the paint (34-20), points off turnovers (24-12) and second chance points (12-7). The Rockets outshot Kent State, 44.7%-38.7%, and won the battle of the boards, 41-28, to gain the upper hand.
A trio of Kent State juniors finished the game in double figures in scoring. Forward Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.) and guard Tamzin Barroilhet (Sainte, Maxime, France) tied for the team lead with 12 points apiece. Beckford hit double digits for the ninth time in 2011-12 while Barroilhet achieved the feat for the seventh time this season and sixth time in the last nine games. Guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio) tallied 11 points to join them in double digits, hitting double figures for a team-leading 12th time in 2011-12. Freshman guard Jamie Hutcheson (Ancaster, Ontario) totaled nine points, a game-high four steals and matched Barroilhet for the team lead with four assists. Freshman guard Itziar Llobet (Sant Cugat de Valles, Spain) pulled in a team-high seven rebounds.
CLOSING IN ON 600 WINS
Kent State is just one win away from tallying 600 all-time victories. The Golden Flashes are aiming to join Bowling Green (688) and Toledo (624) as the only MAC schools with at least 600 wins.
Kent State opens the second half of MAC East play next Wednesday (Feb. 15) by welcoming Miami to the M.A.C. Center. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets start at just $5. For more information contact the Kent State Athletics Ticket Office at (330) 672-2244.