Kent State raced to its best first quarter of the MAC season and went on to score its most convincing win Wednesday, beating Bowling Green 81-57.
Senior forward Jordan Korinek had a best of her own, scoring 36 points, the most in her career.
Leading 10-9 halfway through the first quarter, Kent outscored BG 19-2 for the rest of the quarter. Bowling Green made it a little more exciting with some three-point baskets in the second half but never got within 16 points.
The Flashes dominated almost every aspect of the game, making 47 percent of their shots and outrebounding BG 43-31. They had 18 assists on 25 baskets. Bowling Green had three assists all game.
Coach Todd Starkey gave two freshmen and redshirt sophomore Megan Carter their first starts to try to shake the team up after a bad loss at Akron Saturday. The new starters only scored a total of five points, but Starkey said they gave the team a spark and allowed him to bring more firepower off the bench. Usual starters Naddiyah Cross, McKenna Stephens and Ali Poole combined for 30 points.
Korinek made 12 of 18 field goals, two of three three-point shots and 10 of 11 free throws as she beat her previous high point total by five points. She also had nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Kent State is now 4-6 in the MAC and 11-11 overall. Bowling Green is 2-8 and 10-11.
DETAILED STORY WILL FOLLOW WITH QUOTES FROM STARKEY, KORINEK AND POOLE.