The University of Akron women’s team took sole possession of first-place East Division of the Mid-American Conference by defeating Miami 84-77 in Oxford.
Rachel Tecca (Archbishop Hoban) had a double-double, scoring 29 points, making 11-of-18 shots and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Hanna Luburgh scored 21 points, making three 3-point shots and all eight free throws.
Sina King finished with 17 points, 13 coming in the second half and Taylor Ruper had 13 points with three 3-pointers, while Kacie Cassell dished out 10 assists.
The Zips (16-7, 7-3 MAC) made 21-of-23 free throws.
The Zips return to action Saturday at home against Ball State.
Kent State won its first two games of the Plainsman Invitational Friday at Auburn’s Jane B. Moore Field, defeating East Tennessee State 11-5, in the opener and Army in the nightcap 5-2.
Lauren McNeil (Archbishop Hoban) got the win against ETSU, surrendering four runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
Shortstop Abbey Ledford led the Golden Flashes with a two-out double to drive in three runs, and Lauren Grimes doubled in another run in the first inning.
Emma Johnson led the win over Army, giving up two runs, five hits, five walks and striking out 11.
Third baseman Lauren Kesteron double and singled driving in three runs and scored twice and pinch-hitter Caitie Kilbane singled to drive in one.
The Zips lost 9-2 to Tennessee Tech and 6-4 to host Georgia Southern on Saturday to open the season.
Cassie Gleisner hit a two-run homer in the loss to Tech and Rachael Ratcliffe had a two-run shot against Southern.
The Zips play Tech and St. John’s this morning.
The Charge went into Frisco, Texas, Saturday night and defeated the Texas Legends 118-104.
Kyle Gibson was hot, nailing 4-of-5 3-point shots, and finished with 28 points, and Josh Selby had 20.
— Staff report