Women’s basketball can’t compete with conference leader Toledo

Meghan Blaha

The Kent State women’s basketball team suffered a hard loss against conference leader Toledo, 82-45 at Savage Arena Saturday.

The Rockets (22-2, 10-1 Mid-American Conference) came out ready to play, keeping Kent State scoreless for the first two minutes of the game. Senior Tamzin Barroilhet put Kent on the scoreboard with a jumper, but Toledo was already holding a substantial lead.

With a score of 19-45 at half, turnovers and lack of rebounding made it difficult for the Flashes (3-21, 1-10 MAC) to make a comeback. Kent was out rebounded 25-39 for the game, which led to many second chance opportunities for Toledo.

Barroilhet led the Flashes in scoring with 10 points and four rebounds. She was the only player to make it to double digits for Kent, with Rachel Mendelsohn the next leading scorer with 8 points.

It was a full-team effort for the Rockets, who had every player on the roster contribute to the win. Inma Zanoguera and Ana Capotosto both had 10 points.

They played tough defense, which led to a staggering 23 turnovers. Lack of possessions did not help Kent cut the deficit and try to make a comeback in the second half.

Kent State will need to recover quickly and prepare for Ohio coming to the M.A.C Center on 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Flashes beat the Bobcats in a down-to-the-wire thriller at their last meeting in Athens. The Bobcats, who are still looking for their first conference win of the season, will come to Kent sitting on an 11-game losing streak.

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