Kent State came back from a seven-point halftime deficit to outscore Eastern Michigan by seven in both the third and fourth quarters to beat the Eagles, 76-69, Wednesday at the M.A.C. Center.
KSU made just three of 20 shots in the second quarter and trailed 34-27 at the half. But the Flashes made 55 percent of their shots in the second half and limited their turnovers against a high-pressure Eastern Michigan team.
Kent had just 12 turnovers. The Flashes had 21 when they beat EMU Dec. 30 at Eastern.
Kent State made 29 of 33 free throws, led by Jordan Korinek’s 17 of 19. Korinek was 15 out of 15 in two games last week. She had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the game and tied a career high with five assists. She played all 40 minutes.
Naddiyah Cross had a career-high 24 points on 8 of 13 shooting with three three-pointers.. McKenna Stephens had 17 points.
DETAILED STORY WITH QUOTES FROM CROSS, KORINEK AND COACH TODD STARKEY WILL FOLLOW.