Kent State won its third consecutive game Wednesday night with a 82-76 victory over visiting Central Michigan at the M.A.C. Center.
KSU (12-7, 5-2) never trailed en route to the Mid-American Conference victory.
Taisja Jones and Jena Stutzman led the Golden Flashes with 14 points apiece. Jamilah Humes had 13 points and a career-best 11 assists for her first collegiate double-double. She also had five steals.
Ellie Shields scored 12 points and was one of four players to have five rebounds for KSU.
KSU made its first five shots of the game — including three 3-pointers — to take a 13-2 lead in the game's first 21/2 minutes. KSU finished shooting almost 53 percent from the field, matched a season high with nine 3-pointers and outrebounded Central Michigan 39-25.
''We've gone into the last few games talking about winning the effort battle,'' KSU coach Bob Lindsay said in a statement. ''I think that was a big part of this win.''
Rachel Bennett (nine points) and Yoshica Spears (eight points) were also key for KSU. Rachel Mauk scored a game-high 18 points for the Chippewas (7-12, 4-3).
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