Kent State women pull away from YSU in fourth quarter

Special to The Vindicator


Kent State ended the third period on a 12-4 run and carried the momentum into a big fourth quarter to beat the Youngstown State women’s basketball team 75-60 at the MAC Center on Saturday might.

The Penguins led 46-41 following a Mary Dunn basket with 6:06 left in the third period. YSU didn’t score again for more than four minutes as Kent State scored 10 straight points, and the Golden Flashes went into the final period leading 53-50. Kent State then scored the first even points of the fourth to go up 60-50, and YSU got no closer than eight.

Alison Smolinski scored a season-high 16 points and made four of Youngstown State’s 11 3-pointers. Dunn added 14 on 7-for-12 shooting, and Natalie Myers had eight points and eight rebounds.

Larissa Lurken scored a game-high 18 points to lead Kent State.

Youngstown State led 18-16 at the end of the first period and extended its lead to 28-20 following two Smolinski free throws with 4:49 left in the second. Myers’ 3-pointer put the Penguins up 36-29 with 1:45 left before halftime, but Kent State closed out the half on a 9-2 run to tie the score at 38 heading into the locker room.

After Ali Poole hit a 3 for Kent State to put the Golden Flashes up 41-38, Youngstown State scored the next eight points on a 3s by Kelley Wright and Indiya Benjamin and Dunn’s basket that put the Penguins head 46-41. Kent State’s 10-0 run followed, and the Golden Flashes also scored nine straight points in the fourth.

YSU will now have a six-day break for final exams. The Penguins’ next contest will be when they host Cornell at noon on Saturday.

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