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Zips beat Flashes in women's basketball

By Michael Beaven Published: January 14, 2010

Here is some addtional information regarding the University of Akron's 62-55 win over rival Kent State on Wednesday night in a Mid-American Conference women's basketball game:
Postgame Stats and Notes
-- The Zips (8-8, 2-1) had four players score in double figures and also held an advantage over the Golden Flashes (9-6, 2-1) in shooting percentage and rebounding.
-- Junior forward Kara Murphy led the Zips with 16 points and two assists. Senior guard Ayla Guzzardo contributed 14 points and seven rebounds, senior forward Jolene Tamboue had 13 points and 14 rebounds and sophomore center Kyle Baumgartner had 12 points and five rebounds.
-- Golden Flashes junior forward Taisja Jones scored a game-high 23 points and junior center Ellie Shields contributed 12 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Jamilah Humes had eight points and six assists before fouling out with 26 seconds left in the game.
-- The score was tied 47-47 with 6:55 to go. UA then went on a 6-0 run with a jumper by Tamboue and two layups by Baumgartner to lead 53-47 with 5:17 left. KSU got no closer than three points the rest of the game.
-- Tamboue helped the Zips to a 38-28 advantage in rebounds.
-- UA made 47.1 percent (24-of-51) of its shots from the field, and KSU converted 35.7 percent (20-of-56) from the field.
-- Junior guard Amber Witt (four assists), sophomore forward Jasmine Mushington (four points) and freshman forward Rachel Tecca (three points) also contributed for the Zips.
-- The Zips have won two of their past three games against the Flashes. UA and KSU next meet on Feb. 24 at Kent for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Postgame Quotes
Akron coach Jodi Kest
''I am just very proud of my young ladies. The coaches did a terrific job of preparation, but ultimately it comes down to our young ladies executing and I thought that we did a great job of that, especially in the second half.''
''Tonight we finished. We shot 47 percent [from the field] and we made the plays down the stretch. Kara made great plays. I thought Kyle had a great second half, Jolene gave us great energy with her offensive rebounding and Ayla made some key 3-pointers that we needed.
''It was another great team effort. It was nice to have four players in double figures. That is one thing we have talked about all year. It is not just about one player. Anyone on this team is capable of scoring in double figures.''
on Tamboue: ''The great thing about Jolene is what you see in the game is how she practices every day. She is always the first one on the court and the last one to leave. She has high energy and works hard every practice and every game.''
''I think our kids did a terrific job of preparing for this game and taking care of business.''
Kent State coach Bob Lindsay
''I was disappointed with the way we rebounded and the quality of our defense. Give all the credit to Akron. They outplayed us in the second half and that was the difference in the game."
''I think Jodi and her staff deserve a lot of credit. She has gotten this team to play hard.''
Akron senior forward Jolene Tamboue
''I know I started off a little bit slow [this season], but I feel I have stepped it up, especially with my rebounding. That is one of the main things I focus on. I know that is what I do and what my role is.''
Akron junior forward Kara Murphy
''It's good [to win this game], but I want to get them twice.''

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