Both teams need win badly as Flashes host Ball State Saturday afternoon

Both Kent State and Ball State are reeling as they face each other at 2 p.m. Saturday at the M.A.C. Center.

Ball State started the season 11-0 and looked as if it would challenge Central Michigan for the West Division title. But Central beat the Cardinals at Ball State in their MAC opener. In the last week, Ball State lost to Buffalo (14-3, 5-1 in the MAC) at home and Toledo (12-5, 4-2) on the road. So the Cardinals are 3-3 (14-3 overall) and three games behind undefeated Central (14-3, 6-0) in the West.

Kent State also lost both of its games in the last week. The Flashes played well at Central Michigan but lost 88-84. They did not play at all well at Bowling Green (10-7, 2-4) Wednesday and lost 60-50. KSU is 2-4 in the MAC and facing tough games Saturday and Wednesday at Toledo. The Flashes could easily be 2-6 at this time next week and pretty much out of contention to defend their MAC East title.

Ball State has two of the MAC’s best players. Point guard Carmen Grand is second in the nation in assists at 9.6 per game. Forward Moriah Monaco is sixth in the MAC in scoring at 16.9 points a game and has scored in double figures 69 times in her career.

Kent State’s Jordan Korinek was held to seven points against Bowling Green and has dropped to third in the MAC in scoring at 19.6 points per game.

One comment

  1. goldenflash101

    I believe you wrote a story last year on how many wins Lurken was worth. I thought it was a little high but it was close enough. We are seeing that effect now. No Lurken, no help whatsoever from the freshman class and little improvement from who returned (as far as scoring is concerned). Unfortunately it all adds up. Also the other coaches know Starkey a lot better which probably isn’t helping. The rest of this year (they have to show some improvement and next years class will tell us a lot about Starkey. Also if Korinek is hurt badly enough to effect her play significantly this could go South very quickly no matter how good a coach Starkey is.


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