Anita Brown scored 25 points and Hannah Plybon (Orrville) added 20 points for the University of Akron women’s basketball team in a 78-65 loss to Northern Colorado on Friday at the USD-Courtyard San Diego Central Classic in San Diego.
The Zips (1-2) led 20-15 with 6:13 remaining in the second quarter, but the Bears (2-2) went on a 14-5 run to close out the first half with a 29-25 lead.
The Bears opened the second half with a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 11 points and finished the third quarter with a 17 point lead to bury the Zips.
The Zips were 8-of-20 from 3-point range, compared to 12-of-28 for the Bears, and were outrebounded 41-35.
The Zips outshot the Bears, 42 percent to 39 percent, but allowed 16 points off turnovers and sent the Bears to the free-throw line 29 times.
The Zips play tournament host San Diego on Saturday at 7 p.m. and return home on Wednesday to play Rochester at 6 p.m.