Women’s basketball falls to Duquesne, 64-56

Matt Lofgren

The Kent State women’s basketball team’s late surge was too little too late as Duquesne took down the Flashes 64-56 to end Kent State’s season.

“We gave ourselves a chance to win the game, just didn’t make enough plays at the end to win,” Kent State coach Bob Lindsay said. “Cut the score to six and then missed a layup and then gave up an offensive rebound. We played hard enough to give ourselves a chance it just didn’t happen.”

For four seniors, Thursday’s game marked the end of a four year long career as a Flash.

Going out with strong showing, seniors Jamilah Humes finished the night with a game high 23 points, Ellie Shields finished with 11 points, Stephanie Gibson had three points and four assists, and Taisja Jones had 15 points. Although their run may be over, the Flashes have a lot to be proud of.

“Second straight year we’ve won 20 games, second straight year in the post season, there is some things we’ve accomplished in the program over the past two years,” Lindsay said. “For the seniors, since they came in the freshman class won nine games and had six players the entire year and three freshmen starters, so they’ve certainly done a lot since then.”

With the team’s last lead coming with 8:29, when the Flashes lead 16-15, the team lost all control of the game as the Dukes went on a 12-0 run to extend the score to 27-16. For the rest of the night, the Flashes had an uphill battle to overcome.

By half time, the Dukes claimed a 34-21 half. Even though Duquesne found itself in early foul trouble in both the first and second half, the Flashes just could not capitalize shooting just 11-19 from the charity stripe.

In the opening minutes of the second half, both teams struggled to find their offensive rhythms. By the time the Flashes got back to business, the Dukes found their offense and went point for point with the Flashes.

With under two minutes remaining, the Flashes pulled with-in seven of the Dukes. Duquesne quickly answered back as the Flashes were forced to foul. The Duke’s Alex Gensler sank a pair of free throws to seal the game for Duquesne.

When all was said and done, Humes finished the season averaging 15 points per game and has become one of Kent State’s most prolific scorers.

“Humes was a first team all-conference player as a junior, had a great junior year,” Lindsay said. “(Humes) was a big play player for us in her junior year. This year, she had some spurts of that and she was certainly someone who was instrumental in the fact that we were able to do what we did. She had an excellent and will certainly go down in the history of Kent State women’s basketball as one of the better players that’s played here.”

The Flashes finished the season with a mark of 20-10 and had an impressive 12-1 record at the M.A.C. Center.