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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2

Kent Wired

Merissa

Finding stability on the court

Henry Palattella November 5, 2017

It was a hazy afternoon in June 2007 when Merissa Barber-Smith’s mother sat her four children down in the living room of their house on the South Side of Chicago.“Kids,” she told them, “we’re...

Kent State senior guard Larissa Lurken drives on Toledo freshman guard Mariella Santucci during the quarter-finals of the MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Nate Manley / The Kent Stater

Fourth-quarter woes doom Flashes in MAC quarterfinal

Henry Palattella March 8, 2017

After Kent State’s 67-63 Mid-American Conference Tournament loss to Toledo, Kent State Coach Todd Starkey took a moment to pause before starting his post-game press conference. Starkey — who was named...

Kent State senior forward McKenna Stephens goes for the layup against the University at Buffalo at the M.A.C. Center on Mar. 4, 2017.

Flashes beat Buffalo, secure three seed in MAC Tournament

Henry Palattella March 4, 2017

When the Kent State women’s basketball team lost to the University at Buffalo last month, the Flashes' chances of securing a first round-bye to the MAC tournament looked to be in jeopardy.The Flashes...

Alexa Golden, Sophomore point guard dribbles past the University of Miami defense in a game at the M.A.C. Center on Feb. 1, 2017. The Golden Flashes won 84 to 66.

Worst to first: Flashes beat RedHawks, clinch MAC East title

Henry Palattella March 1, 2017

In the waning seconds of Kent State’s Wednesday night matchup against Miami University (OH), the Flashes’ bench looked as relaxed as it had all season.Senior forward Chelsi Watson sat on the ground,...

Kent State senior forward Chelsi Watson of the womens basketball team comes down with the offensive rebound against The University of Akron Zips at the James A. Rhodes Arena on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

Opinion: Women’s basketball deserves your attention

Henry Palattella March 1, 2017

This weekend will be the end of an era for Kent State women’s basketball.Saturday will be the final home game for the five seniors on the team’s roster. Coming into the season, their tenures on the...

Kent State junior forward Jordan Korinek attempts a layup against The University of Akron at he M.A.C. Center on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Kent State won, 73-69.

Lurken leads Flashes to victory, Wagon Wheel sweep

Henry Palattella February 25, 2017

With 2:16 left in the second quarter of Kent State’s Saturday matchup against The University of Akron, senior Larissa Lurken made a three-pointer.That in itself is not out of the ordinary, as Lurken...

Redshirt freshman guard Megan Carter drives to the basket against Fort Wayne Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 in the M.A.C. Center. The Flashes won 66-55.

Flashes beat Bowling Green, extend MAC East lead

Henry Palattella February 22, 2017

The Kent State women’s basketball team (16-11, 10-5 Mid-American Conference) outscored Bowling Green State University (7-20, 3-12 Mid-American Conference) in the second half of Wednesday's game en route...

Senior forward McKenna Stephens of the Kent State womens basketball team shoots the ball during a game against Robert Morris University game at the M.A.C. Center on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.

Flashes first in MAC East after victory over Bobcats

Henry Palattella February 18, 2017

With three minutes left in the first quarter of their first-place battle against Ohio University on Saturday, Kent State women's basketball coach Todd Starkey was stuck between a rock and a hard place.Seniors...

Kent States head coach Todd Starkey and senior guard Larissa Larken pose for photos on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 after Larken was honored for scoring her 1,000th career point in the previous game.

Starkey, Flashes embracing opportunity

Henry Palattella February 15, 2017

On April 19, 2016, Todd Starkey was hired as the head coach of the Kent State women’s basketball team after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at the University of Indiana.Starkey inherited...

Kent State senior forward Chelsi Watson comes down with the offensive rebound against the Akron Zips at the James A. Rhodes Arena on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The Flashes won the rivalry game, 72-58.

Stephens’ career-high leads Flashes to victory over Akron

Henry Palattella February 12, 2017

In 2013, then Uniontown Lake forward McKenna Stephens made a name for herself in the Northeast Ohio basketball circuit, as she finished her high school career as the fifth-highest scorer in the Blue Streaks'...

Center: Kent State junior forward Jordan Korinek (35) goes for the layup at the M.A.C. Center on Wednesday, Feburary 8, 2017.

Korinek’s big game leads Flashes past EMU

Henry Palattella February 8, 2017

Before Kent State’s Wednesday night game against Eastern Michigan University, Kent State forward Jordan Korinek, was awarded by Kent State athletics for scoring her 1,000-career point, a feat she accomplished...

Alexa Golden, Sophomore point guard dribbles past the University of Miami defense in a game at the M.A.C. Center on Feb. 1, 2017. The Golden Flashes won 84 to 66.

Kent State secures second place in MAC East

Henry Palattella February 1, 2017

At halftime of Kent State's Tuesday tilt against Miami (OH), Kent State head coach Todd Starkey needed a minute. Starkey's team was already in the process of shuffling off the court into the locker room,...

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