Women's Basketball Looks For Road Win at Kent State
GAME #21 • Thursday, Feb. 7 • 7 p.m.
Western Michigan Broncos (6-15, 2-6 MAC)
at Kent State Golden Flashes (3-18, 1-7 MAC)
Site: M.A.C. Center (6, 327)
All-Time Series: WMU trails, 29-21
WMU Road Record vs. KSU: 6-16
Radio: 1660 AM The Fan - Robin Hook (PBP)
Live Stats: wmubroncos.com
Live Video: MAC Digital Network
WMU Live Blog: wmubroncos.com
Western Michigan is looking to break a three-game skid and for its third MAC win of the season ... the Broncos are also looking for just their third road win ... WMU's two conference wins were over Akron (84-77) and Northern Illinois (54-41) ... Kent State has just three overall wins and recorded its first MAC victory Sunday with a 57-55 win at Ohio ... KSU's other two wins this season were at home, coming against non-conference opponents Temple and Bethune-Cookman.
This will be the 51st meeting between Western Michigan and Kent State, with the Golden Flashes controlling the series, 29-21, including a16-6 mark in Kent ... WMU has lost six of its last eight to KSU, including the last four in a row ... KSU took last year's meeting in Kalamazoo, 67-61 ... the Broncos' last win over the Golden Flashes was a 66-59 victory in Kalamazoo on Jan. 26, 2008 ... WMU has not won a road game against Kent State since Jan. 8, 2003, a 73-58 victory.
SCOUTING WESTERN MICHIGAN
In conference play, WMU ranks eighth in the MAC in scoring offense, averaging 55.4 ppg and ninth in defense, allowing 66.2 ppg ... the Broncos are shooting 37.6 percent from the floor in league play ... sophomore forward Marquisha Harris is averaging 11.7 ppg and 6.0 rpg and has two double-doubles in MAC games ... junior guard Corie Buchanan is WMU's overall scoring leader, averaging 8.1 ppg, while Harris is scoring 8.0 ppg in all games combined.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
Kent State ranks second to last in scoring offense, averaging 47.9 ppg and last in the league in defense, allowing 72.0 ppg in conference play ... the team is shooting 34.1 percent from the floor (11th) ... 6-0 senior guard Tamzin Barroilhet is the only player scoring double figures with 10.2 ppg and leads the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and assists (55) ... 6-0 senior guard Trisha Krewson is KSU's other top threat with 8.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 26 three-pointers.
THE HEAD COACHES
Western Michigan is under the direction of first-year head coach Shane Clipfell ... Clipfell was previously an assistant coach at Michigan State (2008-12) and Eastern Michigan (1999-2007) under Suzy Merchant ... the Golden Flashes are led by Danielle O'Banion, in her first season at KSU and as a head coach ... O'Banion previously was an assistant at Memphis for the last four seasons ... O'Banion played her collegiate career at Boston College from 1997 to 2001.
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME
Six of the 12 women's basketball programs in the Mid-American Conference are being led by head coaches in their first year at their respective school ... joining Clipfell and Sallee in their first season is Felisha Legette-Jack - Buffalo, Jennifer Roos - Bowling Green, Tory Verdi - Eastern Michigan and Danielle O'Banion - Kent State.
BANKTSON BACK TO OLD STOMPING GROUNDS
WMU Director of Operations, Brenna Banktson, spent last season in the same role at Kent State under former head coach Bob Lindsay ... Banktson had a standout career for the Broncos, finishing her career ranking 18th in career points (1,090), fifth in three-pointers made (133), sixth in three-point percentage (.352) and 12th in free-throw percentage (.741) ... Banktson was a Miss Michigan Basketball recipient out of high school ... she graduated with a business degree from Western Michigan.
MORTON'S MINUTES GOING UP
Freshman Alex Morton has since an increase in playing time from non-conference play to MAC games ... she was averaging just 13.3 minutes in non-conference action is has seen 27.0 mpg in MAC games ... her point production have also gone up from 2.2 ppg to 5.4 ... she has started 5 of 7 MAC contests.
5-8 Jr. G Corie Buchanan • 8.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 50 assists, 30 steals
5-11 Fr. F Miracle Woods • 8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 45.0% FG
5-11 So. F Marquisha Harris • 8.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 50.4% FG
6-0 Sr. G Tamzin Barroilhet • 10.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 55 assists
6-0 Sr. G Trisha Krewson• 8.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 26 three-pointers
5-9 Jr. G Amber Dunlap • 5.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg