Miami (Ohio) 79, Akron 76
Hanna Luburgh notched her fifth double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds but the Zips (7-8, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) received only six points off the bench and the host RedHawks pulled away in the second half.
Luburgh’s 26 points led all scorers and she shot 50 percent (10-of-20) from the field.
Also scoring in double figures for the Zips, who have lost three in a row, were Rachel Tecca (15 points) and Kacie Cassell and Hannah Plybon (13 points each).
Hannah Robertson led the RedHawks (5-10, 1-3) with 18 points. Erica Almady added 14 points and Jessica Rupright had 13.
The Zips will return to Akron on Saturday, hosting rival Kent State in the first leg of the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge.
Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. after the men’s game.