Kent State opens the women’s basketball season Thursday night against Florida State

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The Kent State women’s basketball team kicks off the 2022-23 regular season Thursday night against Florida State at the MAC Center. The game will be part of a doubleheader and will end approximately 38 minutes after the end of the men’s basketball game against Baldwin Wallace, which is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

Fans will have the opportunity to watch two games for the price of one, as those attending men’s basketball are invited to stay for the women’s game.

Led by the seventh year head coach Todd Starkeythe Golden Flashes are ranked No. 20 in the preseason Top 25 Mid-Major poll that was released on November 1. Kent State beat Mercyhurst, 72-40, in its only exhibition contest last Thursday.

Guardian Katie Shumate and forward Lindsey Tall lead a group of veterans who bring back six of their top seven scorers from a year ago. Shumate, an All-MAC honorable mention selection in his first two seasons as the Flash, was the team’s leading scorer last season with 12.1 points per game. Thall averaged 11.4 points and a career-high 5.2 rebounds per game. The 2021 MAC Honorable Mention and two-time MAC All-Defensive Team selection is Kent State’s career leader in three-point field goals (218) and ranks second in blocked shots ( 172).

Guardian Casey Santoro recorded the first triple-double in school history against Clarion last December and posted averages of 10.1 points and a team-high 3.0 assists per game. Forward Bridget Dun scored 9.1 points per game and tied for the team lead with 52 three-pointers in his first campaign.

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