RICHMOND, Ky. — The Kent State women’s basketball team fell to 0-2 on the young season with a 56-42 non-conference loss at Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday night.
The Golden Flashes suffered through an ice-cold shooting night from the field, hitting just 25.9 percent of their shots from the floor on 14-of-54 shooting. They were also just 1-of-14 from 3-point range for the game.
The Lady Colonels (2-0) weren’t much better, hitting just 32.8 percent of their floor shots (21-of-64) and 3-of-13 from 3-point range.
The Flashes trailed by only 24-18 at the half, but their inability to get consistent scoring spelled doom in the second half as the Lady Colonels never trailed in the game and were only tied once.
Eastern Kentucky did most of its damage inside, outscoring the Golden Flashes in the paint by a decisive 32-20 margin and outrebounding Kent State 50-39, including 20 boards on the offensive glass.
No Kent State player reached double-figures on scoring. Amber Dunlap came off the bench to lead the way with nine points, followed by forward Diamon Beckford with points and seven rebounds.
EKU center Jade Barber led all scorers with 16 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Guard Brittany Coles added 12 points and six assists.
The Golden Flashes return to action next week when they host the University of Cincinnati on Monday at 7 p.m. at the M.A.C. Center.