Record-Courier staff report
For the full 40 minutes, Sunday afternoon's contest looked like it could be the next win for the Kent State women's basketball team. However, visiting Northern Illinois was able to make shots when it counted to come out with a 52-47 Mid-American Conference victory at the M.A.C. Center in Kent.
Although unable to take the lead throughout the first half, the Golden Flashes (3-20, 1-9 MAC) never trailed by more than nine points in the opening 20 minutes. They found themselves down by just three points at the half.
The Flashes came out of the locker room recharged for the second half -- just like they have in the last few games -- to take a two-point lead with 13:45 left in the game. Unfortunately, in what KSU coach Danielle O'Banion called a "game of inches," the Huskies (7-16, 2-8) were able to make the plays they needed to down the stretch to walk away with the victory.
The Flashes tied their season second-best, shooting 86.7 percent from the free-throw line in 15 attempts. They also had less than 20 turnovers for the eighth time this season.
However, in perhaps the deciding factor of the game, Northern Illinois was able to make five of its 13 attempted 3-pointers, whereas Kent State missed all of its eight shots from beyond the arc.
Tamzin Barroilhet continued to lead the Flashes, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds and two assists. Diamon Beckford, in her first game back after suffering an injury on Dec. 30, came up big off the bench, scoring 10 points and grabbing four rebounds in 21 minutes on the floor. Meanwhile, Ashley Evans finished with nine points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
For the Huskies, Amanda Corral scored 18 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists. Ashley Sneed had 13 points, while Jenna Thorp scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Kent State has the week off to recover and rejuvenate before traveling to Toledo on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.
In other MAC women's basketball games on Sunday:
n Western Michigan 55, Bowling Green 54
n Central Michigan 86, Buffalo 51
n Toledo 67, Ball State 64