In women's basketball December 21, the Kent State Golden Flashes topped 24th-ranked Boston College 72-68 at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. The win ran the Kent State home winning streak to 35 games -- the second longest active streak in the nation behind Grambling States 66 straight home wins.
Senior Julie Studer (Mansfield, Ohio/Lexington) led the Golden Flashes with a season-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Studer scored 10 points in the final nine minutes and closed out the game by scoring six of Kent States final seven points.
Kent State led early at 7-4 before Boston College went on 9-0 run and led the rest of first half. The Eagles largest lead of the half was 17-9 after freshman Amber Jacobs hit a jumper with 14:03 remaining. The Golden Flahes were within a single point at four different times in the final four minutes of the first half but could not take the lead. Kent State was being outrebounded 25-15 in the first half and shot just 33 percent but were keyed by seven three-pointers.
The Golden Flashes started the second half on a 11-3 run and led 45-40 after two Studer free throws. Boston College took the lead one final time 46-45 before Kent State freshman Christi Shibata (Harbor Springs, Mich./Harbor Springs) hit a three-pointer to give the lead to the Flashes for good. The lead ballooned to as many as 10 points 63-53 with 7:25 left in the game. In the final moments of the game Studer hit two free throws to give the Flashes a four point lead, and two late shots by the Eagles wouldnt fall as Kent State walked off the floor in celebration.
Shibata added 12 points and hit 3-of-7 three-pointers, while senior guard Carrie Nance (Goodrcih, Mich./Goodrich) added 11 points and five assists.
Boston College was led by Jacobs who had 19 points while Rachel Byars had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
NOTES: Sophomore guard Morgan OHara (Wichita, Kan./Northwest) had a career-best six points while senior Lisa Wube (Columbus, Ohio/Brookhaven) had a career-high six rebounds ... This is the second straight season that Kent State has beaten a team ranked 24th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll (Virginia, 85-74, Jan. 24, 2000) ... Kent State hit a season-high nine three pointers ... Studer recorded double-digits in points for the 13 consecutive game.
(Kent State University Sports Information)