Flashes drop opener, 74-68

Kent State’s women’s basketball team led North Dakota State in by nine points with 7:54 to go in its season opener Friday, but North Dakota State scored 15 straight points over the next four minutes and went on to a 74-68 victory.

Kent State had 27 turnovers, leading to 33 North Dakota points. Five of those turnovers came in the 15-0 run.

Senior center Cici Shannon led Kent State with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Larissa Lurken had 14 points, including Kent’s only three three-point baskets.

Kent State scored six more baskets than North Dakota State and outshot the Bison, 48 percent to 38 percent. But North Dakota State outscored Kent 26-13 in free throws. Shannon, freshman forward Jordan Korinek and sophomore guard Krista White had four fouls each. Senior point guard Mikelll Chinn fouled out in the last minute.

We’ll be updating the game story over the next hour.

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