Kent State senior Larissa Lurken leads the Flashes and the Mid-American Conference in scoring at 23.0 points per game. Her average is sixth in the country.
Here’s a look at leaders in individual categories in the MAC, including Kent players among the leaders.
Scoring: After Lurken comes junior guard Sasha Dailey of Eastern Michigan at 20.1 points a game. Third is senior guard Hannah Plyborn of Akron at 19.1. Dailey is averaging 15 points a game more than she did last season, Lurken 9 points more. Five Kent State players have led the MAC in scoring at the end of a season: Mary Bukovac (19.3 in 1989), Ann Forbes (20.2 in 1991), Amy Sherry (21.4 in 1995), Julie Studer (19.0 in 2001) and Lindsay Shearer (20.8 in 2006). Only other Flash in the top 30 this season is junior forward Jordan Korinek, tied for 19th at 12.0 points per game.
Rebounding: Senior guard Ali Lehman of Northern Illinois averages 11.8 per game. She’s had two triple-doubles this season. Sophomore forward Reyna Frost of Central Michigan is second at 10.7. Lurken is 12th with a 6.5 average. KSU senior Chelsi Watson is 13th at 6.4. Frost leads in offense rebounds at 5.0; Lehman leads in defensive rebounds at 7.0. Watson is ninth in offensive rebounds (3.0), Lurken seventh in defensive rebounds (4.9).
Field Goal percentage: Central Michigan senior Jewel Cotton is first at 67.4 percent, with Buffalo freshman Summer Hemphill second at 65.8. Korinek is eighth at 48.
Assists: Sophomore Carmen Grande of Ball State leads with 7.9 per game. Lehman of NIU is second at 6.6. Junior Naddiyah Cross of Kent State is fifth at 5.2.
Free throw percentage: Sophomore Mikayla Voigt of Northern Illinois is a perfect 17 of 17. Sophomore Presley Hudson of Central Michigan, last year’s freshman of the year, is second at 91.7 percent. Lurken is 10th at 80 percent, Cross 12th at 76.7 percent. Lurken has made 84 free throws, which is 40 more than anyone else in the conference. She leads the country in foul shots made and taken.
Steals: Sophomore Deja Wimby of Western Michigan leads the league, averaging 2.8 a game. Junior Taylor Agler of Ohio is second at 2.6. No KSU player is in the top 15.
Three-point baskets: Junior Najee Smith of Western Michigan has made 9 of 17 for 52.9 percent. Freshman Janae Poisson and senior Cassidy Glenn of NIU are tied for second at 46.4. Lurken is sixth at 44.9. Sophomore Courtney Woods of NIU leads the league in three-pointers per game, averaging 3.3 per game, with junior Cassie Green of Central Michigan second at 3.2. Lurken is eighth at 2.2.
Blocked shots: Senior Jasmin Weatherspoon of Ohio averages 2.0 a game. Junior Tina Moore of CMU is second at 1.9. Lurken is tied for seventh at 1.0.
Assist-turnover ratio: Lehmann of NIU leads the lead at 2.9, with junior Stephanie Reid of Buffalo second at 2.7. Kent State’s Cross is eighth at 1.7.
Minutes played: junior Micah Robinson of Eastern Michigan averages 36.8 minutes of a 40-minute game. Lurken is fourth at 35.2, about the same as Hudson of CMU and senior Quiera Lampkins of Ohio.