Turnovers doom KSU women's basketball team in loss

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Record-Courier staff report

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Kent State Golden Flashes women's basketball team dropped their fourth consecutive loss to open the 2012-13 season in a 70-56 setback to Florida A&M in the first of two games at the Georgia Southern Tournament.

The Flashes will resume play today at the tournament against the host team in a game scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

On Friday, the Flashes actually took a nine-point lead into halftime, but second-half turnovers doomed any chance of delivering career victory No. 1 to first-year head coach Danielle O'Banion.

In total, KSU gave the ball away 36 times. Even still, the Flashes held the lead all the way up until the 11-minute mark of the second half before Florida A&M (2-1) overtook Kent State by using a 15-4 run.

What helped keep Kent State in command prior to that was the fact that the Flashes (0-4) out-rebounded their opponent 48-29 in the game and held Florida A&M to only 5-of-29 from 3-point range.

However, the scoring duo of guards Kimberly Sparkman (29 points) and Jasmine Grice (25) points proved to be way too much firepower for the Flashes to overcome. Florida A&M's Sparkman and Grice combined to score 77 percent of their team's output.

For Kent State, Melanie Stubbs scored a career-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds.

Ashley Evans had seven assists and three steals, while Diamon Beckford had seven rebounds.

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