Kent State Women's Basketball Hosts Miami On 'Play 4 Kay' Night
Golden Flashes look for third win over MAC West opponents.
The Kent State women’s basketball opens the second leg of Mid-American Conference East Division play by welcoming Miami to the M.A.C. Center Wednesday (Feb. 15) for a 7 p.m. battle. Wednesday’s game will serve as Kent State’s ‘Play 4 Kay’ game to raise breast cancer awareness and honor the late women’s basketball coaching legend Kay Yow. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to show their support. Tickets start at just $5. For more information contact the Kent State Athletics Ticket Office at (330) 672-2244.
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
MIAMI REDHAKWS (17-7 overall, 7-4 MAC)
All-time series: Kent State leads, 40-38
Kent State Head Coach Bob Lindsay vs. Miami: 32-18
Current Streak: L1
• The Golden Flashes are looking to avenge a 73-55 loss to Miami in Oxford, Ohio, on Jan. 11 and finish the regular season series with a split with the RedHawks. The Golden Flashes committed 22 turnovers and the RedHawks took advantage by scoring 20 points off of the takeaways. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak over Miami for Kent State. Junior guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio) led Kent State with 18 points, reaching double figures for a team-high ninth time this season and sixth time in the last eight games. Junior guard Tamzin Barroilhet (Sainte Maxime, France) added nine points. Junior forward Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.) hauled in a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman guard Itziar Llobet (Sant Cugat de Valles, Spain) dished out a team-high five assists to match her career best. Three RedHawks hit double figures. Junior guard Courtney Osborn tallied a game-high 20 points while junior forward Kirsten Olowinski and senior guard Maggie Boyer chipped in 18 and 17, respectively.
• Miami’s triumph over Kent State was the ninth victory in a 10-game winning streak that spanned from a 60-55 win over Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 10, 2011 to a 67-47 triumph at Ohio on Jan. 15. Since that streak, though, the RedHawks have lost four of their last seven -- including two straight. Miami finished interdivision play with a 3-3 mark and currently sits in second place in the MAC East Division race with seven conference wins.
IN THE AIR TONIGHT
A Kent State victory Saturday over Eastern Michigan would:
• Improve Kent State to 306-201 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 112-108. 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. 11 AT EASTERN MICHIGAN
Kent State lost a Mid-American Conference interdivision road game at Eastern Michigan, 83-47, last Saturday (Feb. 11) at the Convocation Center.
The Golden Flashes have lost four straight and finish with a 2-4 record against MAC West opponents in 2011-12 with the loss to the Eagles.
Llobet led Kent State with 13 points and was one of three Flashes to finish in double figures in scoring. She reached double digits for the 10th time this season and second time in the last three games while also dishing out a game-high four assists. Barroilhet and Beckford each finished with 10 points apiece. Beckford hit double digits for the 10th time in 2011-12 and second game in a row while Barroilhet reached double figures for the eighth time this season and second straight game.
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 (625) as the only MAC schools with at least 600 wins.
Kent State visits Athens, Ohio, to take on Ohio Saturday (Feb. 18) as the Golden Flashes play the first of their final two road regular season games of the 2011-12 season. Opening tip is slated for 2 p.m.