The Zips shot 60 percent and scored 43 points in the first half as Akron defeated Ball State 78-70 Sunday afternoon in Mid-American Conference action at Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind.


UA was 18-of-30 in field goals in the first half collectively, which included a 17-6 run going into halftime, and 20 points off the bench produced a 43-30 lead.


Poor shooting by the Zips in the second half from the floor was offset by nailing 21-of-24 foul shots.


A strong defensive effort by the Zips held the Cardinals to just 32.9 percent field-goal shooting (25-of-76) for the game.


Hanna Luburgh led the Akron offense with 18 points, making 6-of-12 field goals, including 2-of-4 in 3-point shots and making all four foul shots.


Sina King struggled from the field but hit all eight of her foul shots to score 16 points and hauled in 10 rebounds.


Natasha Williams tied a career high of 11 points and had five assists. Carly Young grabbed 10 rebounds and scored eight points.


The Zips, 3-3 in the MAC and 9-11 overall, return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when they host Northern Illinois.