Tonight there is a battle between two North East Ohio foes and then two games against big time programs.
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Youngstown State Penguins
In their first game, Kent was able to rally for the victory behind preseason first team All-MAC East selection Jordan Korinek. In the process of scoring a career high 29, she hit 9 in the deciding 4th quarter.
The Penguins dropped their first game of the year, 66-58, against Pitt. Turnovers were a problem. Last season the Penguins were wracked with injuries and limped their way to a 9-21 record. The previous two seasons they had over 20 wins each. The Penguins have 5 players on their roster that have averaged over 11 points a game, so this will be a tough test for the Golden Flashes.
You can watch this on ESPN3 or listen to it on Kent State’s Iheart radio feed.
Vanderbilt Commodores at Central Michigan Chippewas
The Chippewas lost their opening game against a talented Purdue squad in heartbreaking fashion. The Chips led most of the game before Purdue caught fire while the Chips struggled. Central Michigan got a monster game from Reyna Frost, who scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Presley Hudson added 21. The killer in that game was 23 turnovers.
This marks the second time in as many games that a power program will travel to Mt, Pleasant. Vanderbilt struggled last season under their first year coach Stephanie White. They dropped their first game this season to traditional power Middle Tennessee. However, the future is bright. The Commodores have had a top 20 recruiting class in each of the last two seasons and 7 players on the roster are over 6’1, four are over 6’4, though one has to sit out this season after transferring.
This is a huge game for the national footprint of the MAC as Vanderbilt is a well regarded program. Central Michigan can win this game if they stop the turnovers.
Toledo Rockets at #5 Louisville Cardinals
Both teams won their first round match-up in the Women’s NIT. The Cardinals knocked off then number 5 Ohio State, with Asia Durr scoring a Cardinals record 47 points in the process. She hit 9 of 15 from behind the arc.
The Rockets obviously have their hands full but there were some promising signs from their first round win. Toledo dominated St. Francis in the paint and forced 30 turnovers.
The winner of this game will face Michigan.
The game will be available on the ACC Network Extra, which is online and free.