Ladies’s basketball opens its homestand Saturday towards Phoenix

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The Kent State women’s basketball team will begin a five-day, three-game home stand at the MAC Center on Saturday with a Mid-American Conference game against Phoenix at 12:00 noon.

In their first game after a 25-day break, the Golden Flashes (5-3, 4-1 MAC) lost in a street competition against Ohio (85-70) on Wednesday. The game was much closer than the final score suggests, as Kent State had the ball to play 2:41, four points behind, but failed to connect on three attempts to shoot while in possession. The Flashes missed their final eight total shots, while the Bobcats scored the final 11 points on the 1-of-1 firing from the ground and 9-of-10 on the Charity streak.

Four players averaged more than 9.0 points per game and eight scored double-digit points. Sophomore Nila Blackford is one of two MAC players who averaged a double-double with top team marks of 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore Katie Shumate (11.3 ppg) hit a season high of 23 points on Wednesday and leads the MAC in three-point (.531) and free throw (.944). Junior Lindsey Thall adds 9.9 points per game and is the top shot blocker (1.5 bpg) in the MAC for the third year in a row, while averaging the best 5.1 rebounds per game. Junior Mariah Modkins (9.3 ppg) has a breakout season and leads the Flashes in assists (24), while she takes second place on three-point field goals (13) and steals (9). Freshman Casey Santoro (7.1 ppg) averaged 9.6 points per game in five MAC competitions, and Junior Hannah Young (4.3 ppg) averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the last two games, to cite the reserves of the flashes.

Scouting Phoenix

After a career high of 37 points for Peyton Scott, the RedHawks (2-14, 1-11 MAC) had a 13-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 73-64 win over Western Michigan. Phoenix ranks 11th in the MAC both in the offensive rating (63.6 ppg) and in the defensive rating (74.9 ppg).

Guard Peyton Scott is one of two MAC players who are in the conference’s top 5 for rating (19.8 ppg), assists (5.4 apg) and steals (2.6 spg). In the last six games, Scott has played 238 of 240 minutes, averaging 23.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.2 steals per game. Guard / Forward Katie Davidson was one of the most prolific newcomers to the MAC, averaging 11.9 points per game. Forward Kelly McLaughlin added 11.4 points per game and a team high of 6.9 rebounds per game.

Series history

• Kent State is 47-46 against Phoenix.
• The Golden Lightning is 28-13 at the MAC Center against Phoenix.
• Kent State has kept the RedHawks below 70 in 10 of the last 13 meetings.
• The Golden Lightning is 5-3 against Phoenix under fifth year head coach Todd Starkey.

Broadcast info

Dave Wilson and Jack Berney will be calling the action on ESPN + while Clint Scroggs will have the call on Kent State Radio Network.

Next up for Kent State

The Golden Lightning will host Toledo for the second of three games in five days at the MAC Center on Monday, February 8th.

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