Kent State let a four-point lead slip away in the last four minutes and lost at Northern Illinois Wednesday, 81-79.
The Flashes led 76-72 before Courtney Woods scored NIU’s last nine points on two three-pointers and three foul shots, Woods had 39 points, the second highest in Mid-American Conference this season.
Jordan Korinek had 27 points for Kent State. Megan Carter had 17, Ali Poole 14 and McKenna Stephens 10.
Both teams are now 1-1 in the early league season. Overall Kent State is 8-6; Northern is 9-4.
The Flashes play their first home game of the MAC season at 4:30 p.m. Saturday against Western Michigan.
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