Kent State heads to Duquesne Wednesday for its third mid-weekday game of the season.
The Flashes, who are 1-5, play at 11 a.m. as part of Duquesne’s “Education Day,” which brings kindergartners through eighth graders to campus. The last game I remember like this was back in the Lindsay era — a trip to Michigan State to play in front of several thousand screaming elementary school kids.
Kent is 1-1 in these unusual mid-day games. Its only victory came at home last Tuesday morning against Belmont. It lost its opener on the read at South Dakota State University.
Duquesne is 3-3. It lost its first three games, including losses to the University of Milwaukee at Green Bay (No. 2 in this week’s Mid-Major Rankings) and Princeton (No. 3 in the same rankings). The third loss was to Syracuse.
Since then, the Dukes have won three in a row, including a win at Ball State Sunday.
The Dukes beat Kent State at Kent last year, 94-63. Raegan Moore scored a career-high 35 points and set a new school record and tied an Atlantic 10 record by recording nine 3-point baskets. Moore has graduated, but Duquesne has a new three-point shooter in 5-8 junior guard April Robinson, who has made an average of three per game and is shooting 47 percent from behind the line. As a team, Duquesne is shooting 41 percent. averaging 6.3 three-point baskets per game.
Robinson leads Duquesne in scoring with 16.8 per game. Deva’Nyar Workman, a 5-10 junior guard, is second in scoring at 12.8 points per game and leads the team in rebounding with 6.7 per game. She has averaged only 24 minutes a game. 6-4 senior center Jose-Ann Johnson averages 10 points.
As a team, Duquesne is averaging 76.5 points and giving up 75. That’s higher in both categories than Kent State, which is averaging 54.2 and giving up 64.3. Kent State’s leading scorer is wing Larissa Lurken, who is averaging 11.2 points per game. Montia Johnson leads the Flashes in rebounding at 8.7. Mikell Chinn’s 5.5 assists per game leads the team and the MAC, as does Cici Shannon’s three blocks per game. Krista white’s 2.7 steals per game is third in the MAC.