Falcons grind out 66-57 win over Kent State, extend winning streak to five


Jack Rintamaa, Falcon Media

Elissa Brett drives to the basket against KSU’s Corynne Hauser

Faith Smith, Sports Reporter, FMSN

BGSU Women’s Basketball brought home another win on Saturday, this time against the Kent State Golden Flashes, 66-57. With the win, the Falcons are now 8-0 at the Stroh Center.

The first quarter started off relatively slow for the Falcons. Nyla Hampton got the team on the board with the first layup of the night after two minutes. Soon after, Lexi Fleming upped the score with a three pointer, bringing the Falcons to a 5-0 lead. Fleming would then not see the rest of the first half, as she went out due to an aggravation to her previously injured knee. 

Fantastic defensive play by the orange and brown left the Golden Flashes only able to scrape one point within six-plus minutes of game play. With three minutes left , the Golden Flashes attempted to respond with a layup. The Falcons shut it down with six more points, bringing their lead up to 14. With 49 seconds left, KSU scored on their last three possessions. . 

The Golden Flashes were the first to score in the second quarter. The teams had somewhat of a slow back and forth, setting the score at 27-14 with a little over five minutes left. The Falcons seemed to lose some of their momentum, leaving them scoreless for over four minutes. The Flashes picked up some points but were still unable to cut into the lead. With a minute and a half left, the Falcons pulled themselves back up and went on a five point run to take a 32-21 lead into intermission.

To start the third quarter, the Falcons went a full minute until the scoring began. Fleming, back in from her injury, came and distanced the score with a three pointer. Quickly followed by a pair of layups from Tate, the Falcons lead 39-21. With five minutes left, Kent State went on an eight point streak. The Orange and Brown broke the streak with a lay up and the Golden Flashes ended the quarter in an eight point deficit, 44-36. 

The fourth quarter was opened by the Falcons this time. Up and down the court both teams fought hard, but the Falcons fought harder to keep their lead. With five minutes left in the quarter, the Falcons were up 56-44. The teams continued to trade off points but the Golden Flashes never reached to break the lead. Kent State did their best with another streak of five points, but could not dig themselves out of an eight point deficit. The Falcons scored the last six points in the final minute to bring home the win, 66-57. 

For the first time in 18 games this season, the Falcons had more turnovers than their opponents (20-19). Tate and Elissa Brett finished the night recording a double-double each. 

The Falcons will be on the road for a midweek matchup against Buffalo at Alumni Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. 

For more information about the team, visit the athletics webpage.