Flashes fall to Western Michigan, slip to 0-2 in MAC play

Kent State junior guard Clare Kelly scored a game-high 17 points in Saturday's loss at Western Michigan.
Kent State junior guard Clare Kelly scored a game-high 17 points in Saturday's loss at Western Michigan.

Junior forward Abby Voss hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner as host Western Michigan defeated Kent State 55-51 Saturday afternoon in Kalamazoo.

The Golden Flashes (8-3) suffered their second straight setback to open the Mid-American Conference season. They were 8-1 before being forced into a pause due to COVID-19 issues within the program. Kent State shot a season-low 29 percent from the floor against the Broncos (7-3, 1-0).

Voss (9 points, 7 rebounds) entered the game 3-of-15 from 3 this year and averaging three points per game. She had missed her first two 3-point attempts of the night.

Flashes freshman forward Bridget Dunn (9 points, 4 rebounds) missed a potential game-winning 3 with five seconds left, then sophomore guard Lauren Ross (16 points) hit two free throws to seal the win for Western Michigan.

Junior guard Clare Kelly did all she could to give Kent State a chance, scoring 17 points on 4-of-9 shooting from 3. Kelly scored just 18 total points in KSU’s first 10 games this season.

Junior forward Nila Blackford produced a double-double with 10 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Sophomore guard Casey Santoro finished with nine rebounds and four assists, but shot just 1-of-12 from the field for six points.

The Flashes played without starting senior forward Lindsey Thall. She had not missed a game since joining the program in 2018.

Kent State will host Miami (4-6, 0-1) on Wednesday.

This article originally appeared on Record-Courier: Kent State's women's basketball team lost at Western Michigan