Flashes look for first true road victory since 2015 at Wright State Wednesday

Kent State coach Todd Starkey says the next step for the program is to win on the road.

They’ll get a good test on that Wednesday.

The Flashes play at Wright State, which is 4-2 on the season and has won more than 20 games four of the last five seasons.

The Raiders lost their head coach for those years — Mike Bradley — to New Mexico in the off-season. They also lost third-team all-American Kim Demmings, who holds about every scoring record in the history of the school, and two other starters from last year’s 24-11 team.

Still Wright State won its first four games of the season — though against below-avenge teams — before losing to two very above average teams in the San Juan Shootout. The Raiders fell to 6-2 Auburn 75-51 and to 6-2 Georgetown 67-60.

Wright State has no starter above 5-11 but has outrebounded opponents 42-40. 5-foot-10  sophomore Symone Simmons averages 9.2 rebounds a game. Leading scorer is 5-9 junior Chelsea Welch at 17.8 points a game with 5-11 junior Lexi Smith averaging 14.3 and 5-8 sophomore Emily Vogelpohl 11.7. The Raiders have only one senior on their roster, and she’s yet to play in a game.

The Raiders beat Kent State 73-68 in Kent last season in one of the Flashes’ best games of the preseason.

The Flashes are 4-4 and will be looking for their first true road victory since February 2015. They were 0-13 away from home last season and lost at Detroit Mercy earlier this season. They were 1-2 on a neutral court in the Gulf Coast Classic over Thanksgiving, and the team they beat — Florida Gulf Coast — was based in Fort Myers, just five miles away from the tournament.

Kent State is led by senior Larissa Lurken, who is averaging 23.6 points and 6.6 rebounds a game. As a team, the Flashes are outrebounding their opponents 38-35. Their tallest starters are 6-2 junior Jordan Korinek, who led the team in rebounding last season, and 6-0 junior McKenna Stephens. 5-11 senior Chelsi Watson, one of the first players off the bench, is second in rebounding for KSU at 6.4 a game. Korinek is second in scoring at 11.1 points a game.

Preview from KSU website, including links to statistics, roster, schedule, etc.

Preview from Wright State website.

To follow the game

  • Video starts at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. (You need to subscribe to ESPN to watch online.)
  • Audio at about 6:45 on Golden Flash iHeart radio.
  • Live statistics are available through the Wright State website.
  • In-game updates on Twitter at @KentStatwbb.

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