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Ohio University guard Erica Johnson (No.4) going up for a layup against Kent State guard Hannah Young (No.32) at the Convo on Wednesday Jan. 12th, 2022.

Women's Basketball: A second glance at Kent State

Ohio is down to the wire. 

The Bobcats have one last chance to clinch a spot in the Mid-American Conference Tournament when they travel to Kent State on Saturday. If the Bobcats can beat the Golden Flashes in their final game of the regular season, then they will make the trek to Cleveland. 

The final seed in the tournament is only a matter of if. 

However, Ohio has already defeated Kent State once this season. The Bobcats slid by the Golden Flashes 70-64 in The Convo in mid-January. That win was Ohio’s second conference game of the season, however.

Since then, Ohio has suffered from illnesses and injuries. Its rotation is starting wear out and may not perform as well as it did the first go-around. 

Here’s what to know ahead of Ohio’s rematch with Kent State:

Game Information

Opponent: Kent State 

Time: 1 p.m.

Venue: Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center

Watch: ESPN+

Listen: Listen here

Live stats: Live stats can be followed here

Meet the Opponent

Probable Starters

44 Lindsey Thall

32 Hannah Young

04 Nila Blackford

14 Katie Shumate

05 Mariah Modkins

Individual Statistics Leaders

Field goal percentage: Annie Pavlansky (52.6%)

3-point percentage: Young (51%)

Free throw percentage: Bridget Dunn (89.5%)

Points per game: Shumate (12.1)

Rebounds per game: Blackford (9.1)

Assists per game: Casey Santoro (3.1)

Teams Statistical Profile

Points per game: 69

Field goal percentage: 41.5%

3-point percentage: 34.9%

Free throw percentage: 72.6%

Rebounds per game: 38.4

Assists per game: 12.6

Turnovers per game: 14.1

Steals per game: 6.0

Kent State since Game 1

Kent State has gone back-and-forth since its loss to Ohio. It has won eight of its last 14 games, but it hasn’t fared well against big opponents this season. It failed to defeat either Buffalo or Bowling Green this season.

Kent State is right behind Ohio in the MAC standings, meaning that Saturday’s game will decide who gets the final spot in the MAC Tournament. 

Player to Watch

Shumate — The junior leads the Golden Flashes in points per game, but was held to just two points against Bowling Green on Wednesday. She dropped 18 points against Buffalo last Saturday and against Ohio back in January. It will be interesting to see which version of Shumate steps out onto the court against the Bobcats. 


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