Wednesday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 1/2/2013


Wednesday's Women's Basketball Results
Kent State 73, Bethune-Cookman 55
Marquette 78, Central Michigan 74
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Kent State 73, Bethune-Cookman 55
Kent, Ohio – Kent State (2-11) started the year off right, beating Bethune-Cookman (5-7) 73-55 in front of a home crowd Wednesday night.
The Flashes took a two point lead five minutes into the game and never looked back, leading the Wildcats by as much as 20 points late in the second half.  Four Kent State players scored in double figures and the Flashes pounded the glass, out-rebounding Bethune-Cookman 45 to 32.  Kent State also had their highest three-point percentage of the season, making five of their nine attempts.
Trisha Krewson led the way in scoring for the second game in a row.  She had 22 points, including going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.  Tamzin Barroilhet had a double-double, scoring 11 and picking up ten rebounds.
Rachel Mendelsohn had a big night off the bench, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds, both career highs.  She was a perfect 8-for-8 in free throws.  Amber Dunlap tied her career-high in scoring, netting 16 points in her second start as a Golden Flash.
The Flashes' 45 rebounds was the second highest total in a game this season.  They also made a season-high 26 free throws.  73 points was the most points they have scored in a game thus far; 41 points in the first half tied for the second-most points scored in a single half this year.
Chastity Rene Taylor led Bethune-Cookman in scoring with 16 points.  Amanda Hariston picked up a double-double, with ten points and ten rebounds for the Wildcats.
The win for Kent State propels the team into Mid-American Conference play starting on Jan. 10 as the Flashes head to Bowling Green.  They then travel the short distance to Akron on Jan. 13 before returning home again to face Buffalo on Jan. 16.
Marquette 78, Central Michigan 74
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan was unable to hold onto a 10-point halftime lead Wednesday afternoon, falling to Marquette inside McGuirk Arena, 78-74.
The Chippewas (6-7) led by as many as 12 in the first half, 37-25, and led by 10 at halftime, 37-27, thanks in part to a 24-9 advantage on the boards. The first 14 minutes of the contest were back and forth before the Chippewas went on a 12-2 run that started at the 5:25 mark of the first half.
Sophomore Jessica Green found fellow sophomore Crystal Bradford with a no-look pass down the middle of the lane to spark the run and Bradford played copy cat on the next possession, finding junior Taylor Johnson underneath the basket with a no-look pass of her own. After the under-four media timeout, Bradford knocked down a three and senior Jalisa Olive scored five-straight points for the 37-25 advantage. The Golden Eagles were able to hit a pair of free throws with 39 seconds to play in the half to cut the deficit to 10.
After a three by Johnson 1:44 into the second half put the Chippewas up 11, 42-31, Marquette went on an 11-0 run over the next 2:51 to tie the game at 42 apiece. The Chippewas were able to reclaim the lead on a three by Bradford, 51-49, and went up by as many as five, 59-54, on another three by Olive with 9:30 to play, but the Golden Eagles would not go away.
A layup and free throw by Apiew Ojulu tied the game at 65 with 5:23 to play and another pair of free throws, this time from Arlesia Morse, gave the Golden Eagles the lead, 67-65.
Trailing by three with under a minute to go, the Chippewas were able to push the tempo on a missed layup by Marquette, allowing Green to find Olive in the corner where she hit a fastbreak three to tie the game at 72 with 49 seconds to play. Unfortunately for the Chippewas, Morse hit a three of her own after a timeout by the Golden Eagles to reclaim the lead, 75-72.
The Chippewas were able to extend the game by fouling, pulling within a basket with eight seconds on a layup by Green, but Sarina Simmons hit a pair of free throws for MU with six seconds on the clock to seal the win.
A key factor in the Chippewas second-half struggles was the turnaround on the boards, as Marquette out-rebounded CMU, 27-13, in the second half. Marquette also held a distinct advantage in the paint in the final 20 minutes, outscoring the Chippewas, 26-12, while scoring 17 second-chance points.
Bradford led four Chippewas in double figures, scoring 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds, while Olive scored 15 off the bench. Johnson finished with 11 and senior Brandie Baker scored 10.
Katherine Plouffe led the Golden Eagles with 24 points and seven rebounds, finishing the day 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Marquette was able to convert 87.5 percent (21-of-24) of their free-throw attempts, while CMU shot just 65.2 percent (15-for-23).
Having completed one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country, the Chippewas will now turn their attention to Mid-American Conference play when they open at preseason favorite Toledo. The Rockets and Chippewas were picked to finish first and second, respectively, in the MAC West according to the preseason coaches' poll.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Savage Arena on Jan. 10 and the game will be broadcast live on SportsTime Ohio.