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Flashes invade Youngstown

By admin Published: November 18, 2009

The Kent State women's and men's basketball teams will play the Penguins from Youngstown State in a doubleheader tonight at the Beeghly Center on the campus of Youngstown State University.

Both games can be seen live at the Horizon League Network's website.

Radio: WNIR/100.1 FM, www.KentStateSports.com

MEN'S BASKETBALL, Kent State (2-1) @ Youngstown State (1-1), approximately 7:35, or 30 minutes after women's conclusion

Kent State game notes

Sherman making quick transition - Daily Kent Stater

Youngstown State game notes

Penguins host Kent tonight - Youngstown Vindicator

This is a big game for both teams.  Whenever it is a regional rivalry game like this one, a lot is on the line.  For Youngstown State, this is a measuring stick game.  Kent State has long been a benchmark for teams in the area, and the Penguins want to see where they stand so far this season.  Excitement is at a high level at YSU, and for good reason.  The Penguins return four starters and ten letterwinners from last year's team.  The backcourt tandem of DeAndre Mays and Vance Cooksey gave KSU fits last season, scoring 21 and 24 respectively, and both those players return.  Head coach Jerry Slocum is counting on the team's improved depth to be a major factor this season.  Kent State will have to match YSU's intensity for the game, keep Chris Singletary on the floor, get to the free throw line, and they should win, but it won't be easy as the last five meetings have been decided by single digits, with Kent State going 3-2 in those games, including a loss during the Elite 8 season of 2001-2002.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL, Kent State (1-0) @ Youngstown State (0-2), 5:15 p.m.

Radio: WHLO/640 AM, www.KentStateSports.com

Kent State game notes

Women's basketball looks to continue perfect start - Daily Kent Stater

Youngstown State game notes

Women try for first victory tonight at home - Youngstown Vindicator

Kent State will be a heavy favorite in this one.  Cindy Martin's first season saw her Penguins go 3-27.  The Lady Penguins have lost their first two of this season by 20+ plus points in each.  YSU only has seven healthy bodies for tonight.  Injuries have crippled the original 12 player roster.  KSU comes in after coming from behind to beat Robert Morris on Friday, 62-57.  KSU leads the all-time series 24-12, and has won three in a row.

The Plain Dealer featured its MAC Women's Basketball Preview today.  Below is the note about Kent State:

Holding steady: Kent State was picked to finish second in the MAC's East Division, despite the fact the Flashes lost their leading scorer and rebounder from last season, Anna Kowalska, and had no returning player named to the preseason All-MAC team.  What coach Bob Lindsay does have is a bevy of accurate outside shooters who anchored the second-best 3-point shooting team in the nation last season (39.8 percent).  Three returnees shot better than 41 percent from behind the arc last season: Senior Rachel Bennett (41 percent), junior Stephanie Gibson (48.4) and sophomore Jena Stutzman (44.2).  If 6-3 freshman Leslie Schaefer from Wisconsin can lead Kent's inside-game-by-committee, the Golden Flashes could easily meet expectations.

FOOTBALL

The Kent State football team still has a lot to play for.  They are going for their first winning season since 2001 and the first team to win seven games since 1987.  The Daily Kent Stater is taking a look at the game.

Temple has a chance to clinch the MAC East with a win and an Ohio loss. 

Stay tuned for later in the week as I talk to a Temple football blogger and my preview on Friday as always.

VOLLEYBALL

The Kent State volleyball team lost last night to Buffalo in a MAC tournament game.

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