Led by five players scoring in double digits and a tough defense that converted 13 turnovers, the streaking University of Akron women’s basketball team earned an 87-64 Mid-American Conference win over host Ball State on Saturday. The win was the Zips’ eighth in a row and leaves them two games behind MAC East Division-leading Bowling Green.
Hanna Luburgh scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Zips (15-8, 9-3). The senior guard is second in the MAC with a 22.9 scoring average. Freshman Hannah Plybon (Orrville) and senior Rachel Tecca (Archbishop Hoban) scored 15 and 13 points, respectively. Tecca grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds before fouling out with 4:39 to go.
Another starter, senior guard Kacie Cassell, had her first double-double of the season, scoring 13 points on the strength of three 3-pointers and 11 assists. She only had two turnovers in 34 minutes. Carly Young came off the bench to score 13 points for the Zips.
The Zips led the entire game and were on top 12-0 before the Cardinals scored. UA doubled its lead on Ball State (10-13, 5-7) in the first-half, taking a 44-22 halftime lead. The Cardinals were competitive in the second half but could not gain any ground on the Zips.