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Foul Troubles Block B-CU Rally in 73-55 Kent State Loss

Courtesy: BCUathletics.com           Release: 01/02/2013

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KENT, Ohio - The Lady Wildcats (5-7) fell to Kent State (2-11), 73-55, Wednesday night at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. An early deficit got away from B-CU, proving insurmountable as fouls and free throws dictated the pace and outcomes of the second half.

"Tonight we got off to a slow start, something that I thought we had overcome a few games ago," Head Coach Vanessa Blair said. "We just weren't able to cut that deficit that we started."

In the first game this season outside of Florida, the Lady Wildcats had control of the flow in the opening minutes of the game. However, a scoring explosion from KSU's Trisha Krewson, who had 14 of KSU's first 16 points, created a huge momentum shift that led to a 21-2 Kent State run.

Though the Lady Wildcats were held without a field goal for over five minutes, B-CU recovered and leveled off, matching the Golden Flashes 8-8 in the final three minutes of the half, going into the locker room down 41-25.

B-CU made a strong scoring push to open the second period, narrowing the margin to nine by 13:40, but B-CU had developed serious foul trouble. B-CU worked to inch closer, but three straight KSU possessions led to converted two-shot foul situations. B-CU drew 29 total team fouls to KSU's 19 in the game.

"It changed our style," Blair said of the foul situation. "We could not be as aggressive defensively because they kept getting free throws. We had to go to a zone, which was more passive, and really wasn't in our advantage to get back into the game."

Kent State made 17 free throws in the second half, while connecting on just seven field goals, still only outscoring B-CU 32-30 in the second period, ending the game in a 73-55 decision in favor of the Golden Flashes.

Chastity René Taylor led the Lady Wildcats in scoring for the eighth game this season, hitting double figures for the ninth time with 16, along with three steals. Amanda Hairston logged her fourth career double-double, second this season, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Houston and Kayla Crawford each logged seven points.

This game closes the non-conference chapter of the 2012-13 season, with the Lady Wildcats sitting at 5-7 on the year, and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play opening on Monday, January 7, with a road contest against Florida A&M (3-8) in Tallahassee.

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