KENT, Ohio – Larissa Lurken of Kent State made all 15 of her free throws, personally outscoring the University at Buffalo from the free-throw line Saturday in the Golden Flashes’ 80-71 victory over the Bulls in the M.A.C. Center.
Lurken, who leads the nation in free throw tries, got nearly half of her 32 points at the line. In addition, teammate Jordan Korine hit 10 of 12 free throws. All 10 UB players combined were 10 for 13 on free throws as UB was whistled for 28 fouls, Kent State for 15. The Golden Flashes made 26 of 30 free throws.
UB had six more field goals than the Golden Flashes (29-23), although the home team had five more three-pointers.
Kent State never led by more than 10 points in the game. The Golden Flashes had a 37-32 lead at halftime.
The Bulls got as close as 63-60 after a block by Summer Hemphill (Cardinal O’Hara) turned into a fast-break layup by Theresa Onwuka, but Kent State repelled that threat.
Even a career game by junior center Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) was unable to lift UB to victory. Oursler had a career-high 21 points as she made 9 of 11 shots and had nine rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Three other Bulls finished the game with four fouls. Stephanie Reid had 17 points and eight assists for UB. Joanna Smith struggled with her shooting (5 of 23) and was held to 13 points.
Despite the loss, UB (20-9, 10-8 Mid-American Conference) claimed the No. 7 seed for the MAC Tournament, which opens Monday. The Bulls will host No. 10 Bowling Green at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at Alumni Arena. A week ago, Bowling Green came to Alumni Arena and spoiled UB’s Senior Day, 64-62. UB is the defending MAC Tournament champion.
Bowling Green (8-22, 4-14 MAC) lost its regular season finale to Miami (Ohio), 75-65. The Falcons got a career-high 20 points from senior Ashley Tunstall in her final home game.
The UB men will face the winner of Monday night’s first-round game between No. 11 Central Michigan and No. 6 Kent State in the late quarterfinal game on Thursday night in the MAC tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.