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Zips basketball: Kest signs five for women's team

By George Thomas Published: November 13, 2013

From a University of Akron Department of Athletics press release:  

University of Akron women's basketball head coach Jodi Kest announced on Wednesday that Alli Ball (Saint Louis, Mo.), Greta Burry (Cleveland, Ohio), Lauren Hung (Waterford, Mich.), Kerri McMahan (Novi, Mich.) and Megan Sefcik (Austintown, Ohio) have signed national letters of intent to join the program for the 2014-15 season.

"I am very pleased to officially welcome Alli, Greta, Lauren, Kerri and Megan to our Akron family," said Kest. "This class has the potential to be very special. Each of these student-athletes possesses outstanding character, tremendous basketball skill and great work ethic. I am confident they have the ability to further the winning tradition we have worked hard to establish here."

Ball, a 6-1 forward, is a three-time all-conference selection out of Principia School, and earned all-state honors as a junior last season. She averaged 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 2012-13, en route to earning district player of the year accolades. She also shot 46.7 percent from behind the 3-point line. Ball has guided her team to a pair of conference and district championships in her three years with the squad.

"Alli was the last member of this class to give us a verbal commitment, and she was well worth the wait," Kest said. "Her competitive spirit is an aspect of her game that really stood out to us. She fits our system extremely well in the way she is able to run the floor and shoot the three."

Burry, a 6-1 forward and northeast Ohio native, hails from St. Joseph's Academy in Cleveland. She has started for the varsity squad in each of her three years at SJA, averaging 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as a junior. Burry has received attention from the Cleveland Plain Dealer throughout her prep career, recognized as a top-25 player to watch, player of the week, and postseason honorable mention.

"Greta is the ideal example of a blue collar player," commented Kest. "She is physical, she is a good rebounder and she works extremely hard. Greta has worked to improve her offensive game and extend her range. We feel her best basketball is ahead of her and are looking forward to developing it."

Hung, a 5-8 guard from Waterford Mott High School, in on pace to surpass 1,000 career points during her senior season. As a junior, she averaged 17.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game, earning all-state recognition from the Detroit Free Press. Hung is also a two-time special mention honoree from the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM), and a BCAM academic all-state selection.

"Lauren has a very quick release and can really shoot the three," Kest said. "She had a great summer and showed that she is more than just a shooter. She can also attack the basket and is exceptional at the free throw line."

McMahan, a 5-10 point guard, led Novi High School to an 18-3 record in 2012-13, averaging 11 points, four assists and three steals per game. She is a three-time first team all-conference selection, and has twice been named all-area player of the year. McMahan was also named to the BCAM all-state first team as a junior.

"I really like Kerri's game," said Kest. "She is a taller point guard who can get into the lane and score. She has a great pull-up jumper. Kerri is also a gifted athlete with a high motor and a great feel for the game."

Sefcik, a 5-10 guard, is Akron's second in-state signee. In 2012-13, Sefcik posted 18.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.8 assists for Austintown Fitch High School. As a junior, she received All-Ohio special mention recognition. Sefcik is also a two-time first team all-conference selection.

"Megan can flat out score," Kest stated. "She can shoot the three, pull up, or get to the rim. She is another perfect fit for our system. Megan can also really handle the ball and has improved her defense. She is a gym rat who is constantly working on her game."

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