Kent State’s busy stretch continues with trip to Ypsilanti

Kent State junior guard Katie Shumate defends an Eastern Michigan player during the first matchup of the season between the two teams on Jan. 15 at the MAC Center. The Golden Flashes will visit the Eagles on Saturday.

After opening February with a double-digit home victory on Wednesday, the Kent State women’s basketball team will attempt to earn back-to-back wins in Mid-American Conference play for the first time this season Saturday at Eastern Michigan.

The Golden Flashes (11-7, 3-6 MAC) defeated Central Michigan (4-16, 2-9) 68-57 on Wednesday, and will attempt to sweep the regular season series against the Eagles (5-12, 2- 8) on Saturday. Kent State defeated Eastern Michigan 83-58 at the MAC Center on Jan. 15, but has played only three times since then.

“I thought it was a pretty good performance,” said KSU coach Todd Starkey of his team’s win over the Chippewas. “When you’ve played [one game in the previous 16 days], it’s good to come back and find a way to win. We’ve got to clean a few things up. We’ve got to play better than we played [Wednesday] if we’re going to beat some of the better teams in the league. If we’re going to beat Eastern Michigan we’ve got to play better. They’re very talented. They almost beat Buffalo [Wednesday]. It’s got to be about just improving every game we play from here on out.”

The Eagles have lost seven of their last eight games, including a 69-62 home setback to the Bulls on Wednesday.

Kent State will play its second of four games in eight days on Saturday. The Flashes will host Miami (6-12, 2-7) on Monday, then visit Central Michigan on Wednesday.

What: Women’s Basketball

Who: Kent State (11-7, 3-6) vs. Eastern Michigan (5-12, 2-8)

When/Where: Saturday, 2 pm/Gervin GameAbove Center in Ypsilanti, Mich.

TV/Radio: ESPN+/Kent State Radio Network

First 2021-22 matchup: Kent State 83-58 at the MAC Center

Eagles leaders: Areanna Combs, 5-10, Sr., G (18.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.8 steals). Danielle Rainey, 5-10, Sr., G (11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds). Ce’Nara Skanes, 6-0, So., F (12.6 points, 8.1 rebounds)

Flash’s leaders: Lindsey Thall, 6-2, Sr., F (12.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists). Katie Shumate, 5-11, Jr., G (12 points, 3.5 rebounds). Casey Santoro, 5-4, So., G (12.4 points, 3.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds). Nila Blackford, 6-2, Jr., F (10.6 points, 9.7 rebounds).

This article originally appeared on Record-Courier: Kent State’s women’s basketball team will visit EMU on Saturday

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