The Kent State women's basketball team missed 22 consecutive shots during a 16-minute stretch in the first half and lost 69-34 to host University of Michigan in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament Friday night.
Kent State (20-11) was paced by sophomore Jena Stutzman, who had 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Junior Jamilah Humes added nine points for KSU. The Flashes made two of their first three field-goal attempts and then went cold. Michigan took advantage, rolling to a 26-6 lead that proved insurmountable. A 3-pointer by Stutzman ended the goal drought and an 0-for-11 skid on 3-pointers.
Kent State's 34 points were the fewest since a 34-point effort against Temple during the 2007-08 season. It was Kent State's first game against a Big Ten opponent since the 2006-07 season. Michigan (18-13) advances to play Toledo in the second round on Sunday. Veronica Hicks scored 18 points to lead the Wolverines, and Carmen Reynolds had 12 points.
ALL-AMERICAN STATUS - Danny Mitcheff and Dustin Kilgore each clinched top eight finishes at the NCAA Wrestling Championships to receive all-american status on Friday. Congratulations Flashes!
BRACKET UPDATE - How's your bracket looking after round one? I got 24 out of my 32 picks moving on, 12 of my Sweet 16 teams still alive and seven out of eight Elite 8 teams still alive. Good luck today to the Ohio Bobcats and the Bowling Green women in NCAA play. The Bobcats are trying to become the first MAC men's school to reach at least the Sweet 16 since the Golden Flashes in 2002. The last time the BG women made the tournament in 2007, they made it out of the first weekend to the Sweet 16.