Wednesday's Women's Basketball Results
Akron 82, Eastern Michigan 81
Northern Illinois 73, Ohio 52
Toledo 80, Miami 49
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Akron 82, Eastern Michigan 81
AKRON, Ohio -- In a game that saw three lead changes in the final 11 seconds, the University of Akron women's basketball team came out on top, defeating Eastern Michigan 82-81 Wednesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Carly Young proved to be the difference maker for Akron (15-7, 6-3 MAC), leading both teams with a career-high 23 points off the bench, fueled by a perfect 5-for-5 showing from 3-point land.
Rachel Tecca poured in 20 points in 29 minutes on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, while Hanna Luburgh and Taylor Ruper posted 11 apiece. Kacie Cassell dished out 10 assists for the second-straight game, playing all 40 minutes and also contributing nine points.
Eastern Michigan (5-17, 3-6 MAC), which only averaged 54.9 points per game entering the contest, also fielded four players in double figures, led by India Hairston with 18 points, and Natachia Watkins with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
The Zips maintained a consistent advantage in the first half, and led by as many as 12 as they shot 53.3 percent from the field (50.0 from behind the arc) and ended the half leading the Eagles 44-40. Young had 16 of her points by intermission.
After leading by 13 with 10:35 left in the second half, the Zips suddenly found themselves down 75-70 as the result of a 10-0 EMU run with just over four minutes to play.
Luburgh drove to the basket for a tough two points to make it a one possession game, and UA forced the Eagles into a shot clock violation on the other end to get the ball back by the 3:08 mark.
Coming out of the final media timeout, Young called for the ball and hit a long three from the left wing to tie the score at 75.
Back-to-back jumpers from EMU gave the Eagles a four-point lead before a three ball from Taylor Ruper brought the Zips back to within one, trailing 79-78 with 1:08 left.
The two teams traded scoreless possessions, and after Tecca missed a layup with 15 seconds to go, she fouled to stop the clock. Eastern Michigan called a timeout and returned to the floor to inbound under Akron's basket, but the Eagles turned the ball over to UA's press and Ruper was fouled.
The senior headed to the line and sank both shots, giving the Zips a lead at 80-79 with 11 seconds left to play. A quick layup from Eastern Michigan's Desyree Thomas left Akron with just 2.7 seconds to take the game back.
EMU would use a timeout, and Akron had the ball on its half of the court on the sideline. Young took the ball out of bounds and lobbed it in to Tecca who made a layup with 0.7 ticks on the clock to give Akron the last-second edge.
The Eagles called their final timeout to get set to go the length of the floor, but the ball never made it past half court and the Zips were able to hang on for the win.
Eastern's zone defense encouraged the Zips to work the gaps and shoot from the outside, as they nailed 12 3-pointers in all, a team season-high and the program's second-highest mark for triples in a game.
Akron was out-rebounded for the first time in the last five games as the Eagles picked up 41 boards, including 19 on the offensive glass, to UA's 24. The rebounds gave EMU 23 second-chance points.
The Zips will play three out of their next four games on the road, beginning with a trip to Oxford, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 9., when Akron takes on Miami (Ohio). The battle for the top spot in the MAC East is set for 3:30 p.m. at Millett Hall.
Northern Illinois 73, Ohio 52
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Women's Basketball Team fell to a hot-shooting Northern Illinois squad on Wednesday in The Convocation Center, losing 73-52 to end its two-game homestand.
Amanda Corral of NIU scored a game-high 20 points on 7-14 shooting to be one of four Huskies to score in double figures. Ashley Sneed (13 points), Natecia Augusta (12), and Alexis Lindstrom (11) also had strong games offensively. The Huskies shot an impressive 29-49 (59.2 percent) throughout the game including a blistering 8-12 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc.
Ohio connected on 20-52 field goals to shoot 38.5 percent on the evening. The Bobcats hit 7-17 (41.2 percent) of their three-point attempts. Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) scored a team and career-high 13 points while junior guard Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) joined her in double figures by chipping in 10 points.
NIU out-rebounded Ohio by a 40-17 margin and scored 40 points in the paint on Wednesday. Ohio was able to force the Huskies into 18 turnovers, scoring 21 points from these miscues.
The Huskies (6-15, 1-8 Mid-American Conference) jumped out to an early 7-2 lead to start the game. A few plays later, a three-pointer from Lyles cut the NIU lead to two (10-8) with 12:50 remaining in the first half. NIU heated up from beyond the arc early, shooting a sizzling 75% (6-8) from beyond the arc in the first half. Holding a 19-11 lead midway through the half, the visitors ended the first frame on a 16-7 run over the final 9:32 and went into the locker room with a 35-18 advantage.
Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) sparked a 9-4 run for Ohio to begin the second half. A steal and layup from Black cut Ohio cut the lead to 12 (39-27) with 17 minutes to play, but that is as close as Ohio would get throughout the rest of the contest.
Ohio (5-16, 0-9 MAC) was outscored by just four points in the second half, shooting a solid 46.4 percent (13-28) from the field.
Next up for Ohio will be a road test on Saturday, February 9 at Eastern Michigan. The Bobcats and Eagles will tip off at noon on SportsTime Ohio and WatchESPN.
Toledo 80, Miami 49
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team fell to Toledo, 80-49, Wednesday night at Millett Hall.
The RedHawks dropped to 14-8 overall and 6-3 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Rockets improved to 20-2 and 8-1 in league play.
"Toledo is a very strong team and I think it was a good learning experience for us," coach Maria Fantanarosa said. "We are learning right now a lot about the importance of the little fundamental things."
Miami came back from an early 5-0 deficit and led 8-7 at the 16:45 mark after senior point guard Courtney Osborn hit back-to-back treys and a transition layup.
Toledo responded with a 6-0 run, but junior guards Hannah and Haley Robertson connected from downtown to give the advantage back to the hosts, 14-13 with 12:01 left.
Freshman forward Hannah McCue nailed two free throws and senior forward Kirsten Olowinski made one, which evened the score at 17-17 at the 8:22 mark. But the Rockets started to pull away, as they finished the first half on a 24-2 run.
"Kyle Baumgartner hit a three and then we left her wide open for the second one," Fantanarosa said about how the Rockets sparked their run. "As soon as they started to get momentum from the three, it gave them all kinds of energy."
The RedHawks trailed 41-19 at halftime.
MU's tough night continued after the break, as Toledo extended its lead to 55-19 four minutes into the half.
"We could never get in a rhythm," Fantanarosa said. "They are a very strong defensive team and we didn't have enough people show up today on offense."
The Rockets finished the game shooting 46.2 percent (30-of-65) from the floor and 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from downtown. The RedHawks shot 29.2 percent (14-of-48) and were 50 percent (9-of-18) from deep. Miami also lost the battle on the boards, 43-36, and had 12 more turnovers than UT (25-13).
Osborn, who had a game-high 21 points on 7-of-18 shooting, broke the school's career record for free throws made with 11:19 remaining in the second half. She now has 466 for her career, two more than the previous record holder Amanda Jackson.
Junior guard Haley Robertson had nine points with three rebounds, while Olowinski tallied four points and a team-high eight rebounds. Hannah Robertson scored five points and added four boards.
Four players reached double-digit points for Toledo. Baumgartner had a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds. She finished 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
The RedHawks continue their three-game home stand against Akron Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the second game of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader against the Zips. It will be Hall of Fame Day where Miami Athletics will honor the following six inductees at halftime of the men's game: Dale Cohen (women's tennis), Terry Hoeppner (football coach), PL (Pete) Miller (men's track & field), Ben Roethlisberger (football), Karin Sherr (synchronized skating) and Kyle Voska (golf).