Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Akron 86, Rochester 43
St. Bonaventure 61, Kent State 44
East Carolina 76, Ohio 47
AKRON, Ohio – Akron placed 10 different players in the scoring column and three posted double figures as the Zips cruised to a non-conference win over Rochester College, 86-43, Friday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.
The victory marks the Zips' 10th-straight win at home dating back to Jan. 31, 2013.
The duo of Hanna Luburgh and Rachel Tecca played for a combined 42 points and 13 boards to lead Akron (5-5). Luburgh was 6-of-11 from the field with three 3-pointers and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Tecca shot 9-of-12 from the floor with eight rebounds, one steal and one block in 14 minutes of action.
Hannah Plybon recorded 12 points on the night with two assists for the Zips.
Rochester's Meagan Heiden led the Warriors (6-10) in scoring with 13 points.
As a team, the Zips recorded a 30-of-63 performance from the field for 47.6 percent on the night, connecting on seven 3-pointers as a team.
Akron held the Warriors to 23.6 percent shooting from the field for the game. Rochester did not record its first 2-point field goal until the 16:33 mark of the second half.
UA recorded 18 assists on the night, 13 of which came in the first half, with Carly Young, Kacie Cassell and Alex Ricketts dishing out four dimes apiece. Defensively, the Zips forced 23 Rochester turnovers, contributing to 25 of their points.
Akron won the rebounding battle 49 to 37.
A Luburgh triple would open the game and spark a 16-0 run to start the contest. The Zips steadily grew their lead over the course of the first half as they held a 56-15 advantage over the Warriors heading into the locker room.
Akron closed the first half shooting 51.4 percent from the field, connecting on 18-of-35 attempts. The Zips shot 50.0 percent from behind the arc (6-of-12) and went 14-of-19 from behind the line for 73.7 percent.
UA held the Warriors to just four field goals, all 3-pointers, in the first 20 minutes.
The Zips continue their homestand on Sunday, Dec. 29 when they take on Youngstown State at Rhodes Arena in their last non-conference contest of the regular season. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET.
KENT, Ohio - Kent State (3-8) could not stifle a St. Bonaventure team (10-4) that shot 70% from the field in the second half, eventually falling 44-61 Friday night (Dec. 20) to complete their non-conference season.
Both teams were able to net 19 points by the half. Montia Johnson led the way in the opening twenty minutes by scoring 14 of the Golden Flashes' points. St. Bonaventure was held to just 29% shooting in the first half while Kent State shot 25%.
The second half was a different story. The Golden Flashes stayed on the same pace, shooting 33% from the floor, but the Bonnies were able to break away on an impressive 70% shooting performance in the final twenty minutes to win the game.
Overall, Kent State outrebounded 33-28 and had 13 assists on 17 field goals. They also had 14 second chance points on 17 offensive rebounds.
Johnson was the only Golden Flash to reach double figures, finishing with 17 points on the night. CiCi Shannon led the team with nine rebounds. Ashley Evans had four assists and four steals, both team-highs.
Kent State has some time over for the semester break before beginning conference play at home on January 4 when they host Eastern Michigan at 7:00pm. Tickets are available online at kentstateports.com or by calling the ticket office at 330-672-2244.
Recap still to come...