Women’s basketball will play WNIT game at Michigan

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Kent State senior guard Larissa Lurken drives on Toledo senior forward Janice Monakana during the quarter-finals of the MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Kent State lost 67-63.

Henry Palattella

Following one of his practices in mid-February, Kent State women’s basketball coach Todd Starkey said his team shouldn’t want to have a spring break since that would mean they wouldn’t be put into a postseason tournament.

Starkey got his wish Monday night as his team received a bid to play in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

The Flashes will travel to the University of Michigan Thursday to take on the Wolverines at 7 p.m.

Kent State’s team is 0-3 all time against Michigan, with their last loss coming in 2010 in a WNIT contest.  

The Flashes are one of five teams from the Mid-American Conference to receive a bid.

Kent’s (19-12, 13-5 MAC) season ended this past weekend when they lost to 6 seed University of Toledo in the first round of the MAC Tournament. Michigan’s (22-9, 11-5 Big Ten) run through the Big 10 Tournament ended in the first round at the hands of rival Michigan State, who beat the Wolverines 74-64.

The Flashes last played in a WNIT game in 2011 when they lost at Duquesne 64-56.

Henry Palattella is the sports editor, contact him at [email protected]