Shocks Stun Kent State, 66-55
Kent State had won 16-of-18 non-conference games, and went 11-1 at home last season and came into the contest 122 in the RPI.
Haleigh Lankster led the Shockers and all players with 24 points, one shy of her career high. Chynna Turner chipped in 12 points and four boards as WSU's 66 points were the second most scored by the squad this season.
Chenel Harris led Kent State with 11 points.
The Golden Flashes raced out to a quick 8-2 lead as the Shockers made just one of their first five field-goal attempts on the night.
Kent State's 2-3 zone kept the Shocker offense guessing in the opening minutes, as WSU opened the contest just 2-for-13 from the floor, which combined with five turnovers allowed KSU to maintain its early edge.
Haleigh Lankster's steal and basket with 9:41 left in the first sparked a quick 5-0 spurt for the Shockers that was capped with a Dannah Kemp trey that cut the KSU lead to 12-9.
Kent State ripped off six-straight points to push out to a 15-9 edge before the Shockers settled in and chipped away at the lead. The Shockers used a 10-4 run of their own to tie the game at 19-19 following a Lankster three before taking a 20-19 after the sophomore was fouled on the trey and connected at the stripe.
KSU responded with a bucket by Jamilah Humes to take a 21-20 edge, but the Shockers got another three from Lankster to regain a 23-21 advantage with 3:33 left in the first. Chenel Harris responded for the Golden Flashes with a three of her own to give KSU a 24-23 lead, but Lankster and Chynna Turner kept WSU in it until Dannah Kemp's three with :05 seconds left gave the Shocks a 32-29 lead at the break.
After opening the half just 2-for-13 from the floor over the first five minutes WSU caught fire and went 10-for-13 over the remainder of the half to wind up shooting 46.2-percent in the opening frame. The Shockers shot 38.5-percent from three-point range with five treys and had 10 assists on 12 baskets.
The Shocker defense also buckled down and limited KSU to 33-percent shooting in the first, including a 2-for-6 clip from three-point range.
Kent State scored the first four points out of the break before the Shockers answered with five-straight to regain a 37-33 edge following another three from Kemp.
The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes until the Shocks used a 10-2 run to break out to a 49-40 lead following another Lankster three with 12:41 left to play.
It would be a lead the Shockers would extend to 13 after another Lankster three with 8:18 left to break out to a 56-43 advantage. WSU kept its double-digit advantage until a Chenel Harris three cut the Shocker lead to 62-54 with 2:20 left to play.