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43RD SEASON O COLLEIATE BASKETBALL 2014 NCAA TOURNAMENT 2014 MAC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS 2013 MAC EAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS 1999, 2013, 2015 AND 2016 POSTSEASON WNIT Schedule/Results 9-12/2-8 MAC DATE OPPONENT (TV) RESULT/TIME (ET) Nov. 12 MALONE W, Nov. 16 at Penn State L, Nov. 20 at Canisius W, Nov. 30 BUCKNELL (EDUCATION DAY) L, Dec. 3 at Winthrop W, Dec. 6 at Youngstown State W, (OT) Dec. 10 at Eastern Kentucky W, Dec. 17 DUQUESNE L, Dec. 20 at eorgia State (1) W, Dec. 21 vs. Elon (1) L, Dec. 28 OHIO CHRISTIAN W, Dec. 31 at Western Michigan * L, Jan. 4 at Central Michigan * L, Jan. 7 BOWLIN REEN * L, Jan. 11 OHIO * L, Jan. 14 at Ball State * L, Jan. 18 at Northern Illinois * W, Jan. 21 WESTERN MICHIAN * L, Jan. 28 EASTERN MICHIAN * W, eb. 1 BALL STATE * L, eb. 4 at Bowling reen * L, eb. 8 at Miami * 7 p.m. eb. 11 KENT STATE * 2 p.m. eb. 15 TOLEDO * 7 p.m. eb. 18 at Buffalo * 1 p.m. eb. 22 MIAMI * 7 p.m. eb. 25 at Kent State * 2 p.m. March 1 BUALO * 7 p.m. March 4 at Ohio * 2 p.m. MID-AMERICAN CONERENCE TOURNAMENT March 6 MAC Opening Round TBA March 8 MAC Quarterfinals TBA March 10MAC Semifinal TBA March 11MAC Championship TBA All times are Eastern and subject to change Home games in CAPS (1) denotes eorgia State Classic (Atlanta, a.) * denotes Mid-American Conference game OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EB. 7, 2017 Live Stats: Webstream: Radio: Television: ZIPS LOOK TO RETURN TO WINNIN WAYS AT MIAMI Akron (9-12, 2-8 MAC) at Miami (7-16, 1-9 MAC) Wednesday, eb. 8 Millett Hall (9,200) Oxford, Ohio 7 p.m. SportsRadio 1350 AM (WAR) in Akron (flagship), for free at SportsRadio1350.com and on iheartradio. Bill Morgan will have the call beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. ESPN3/Watch ESPN WHAT S AHEAD Akron gets its first look at the Miami University RedHawks this season on Wednesday, eb. 8, as the Zips travel to Oxford, Ohio, for a 7 p.m. showdown at Millett Hall. A LOOK AT MIAMI Miami enters action against the Zips on Wednesday, eb. 8, having suffered losses in its last six games and nine of 10 overall. reshman Lauren Dickerson leads the offensive exploits for the RedHawks averaging a team-best 15.1 points per contest, while junior Molly McDonagh is pulling down a teamhigh 5.1 rebounds per outing. Miami is recording 60.1 points per contest and has connected at more than 36 percent (.362) from the field and at a 29.3-percent clip from beyond the arc. As a unit, the RedHawks are ranked 47th in the NCAA in three pointers attempted (518). TALE O THE TAPE ( STATS) MIAMI AKRON Overall Record Conference Record Scoring 1,383 1,392 PP Scoring Margin ield oals-attempts 497-1, ,264 ield oal Pct PT -Attempts PT Pct PT MP T-Attempts ree Throw Pct Rebounds Per ame Rebound Margin Assists Per ame Turnovers Per ame Assist/TO ratio Steals Per ame Blocks Per ame Zips At-A-lance ^ - Indicates Previous ame Starter Statistics No. Name (Career P/S) Pos. Ht. Yr. PP RP AP Notables 00 Brittany ordon (21/0) 5-8 Sr. (R) Ranks second on the team in assists (59) 1 Alli Ball (81/14) 6-1 Jr Rated fifth on the team in rebounds (69) 2 Alyssa Clay (10/0) 5-9 r Scored a career-best three points vs. Ohio Christian/CMU 3 Shaunay Edmonds (21/21) ^ 5-4 r Leads Akron in assists (73) and steals (41) 4 Shayna Harmon (20/0) 5-9 r Scored career-high nine points at Central Michigan 5 Haliegh Reinoehl (20/7) 6-1 r Has recorded four or more rebounds in 12 games 10 Caitlin Vari (21/0) 6-1 r Ranked second for Akron in blocks (15) 11 Megan Sefcik (48/2) ^ 5-10 So. (R) Has connected on a career-best 48 triples this season 12 Lauren Hung (67/0) 5-8 Jr Appeared in 23 games in and was fifth with 16 triples 14 reta Burry (77/53) ^ 6-1 Jr Leading the team in rebounding (5.3) 20 Brooke Kurucz (9/0) 5-10 r Scored first career points (3) vs. Bucknell 21 Kaitlyn lowers (8/0) 5-5 Jr Played in five contests in /out for season with knee injury 22 Hannah Plybon (118/117) ^ 5-9 Sr Hit a school record 104 three pointers in /2nd-Team All-MAC 24 Alex Ricketts (98/23) ^ 5-11 Sr Appeared in all 33 games as a junior, including making two starts 34 redniqua Walker (12/0) 6-1 So Played in five games as a freshman 1 2 Akron Quick acts Location:... Akron, Ohio Population:...200, (5th largest in Ohio) ounded: as Buchtel College Enrollment:...26,000 Nickname:...Zips Colors:... Blue (282) & old (871) Conference:...Mid-American...(East Division) President:... Matthew J. Wilson Director of Athletics:...Larry Williams aculty Athletics Rep:... Dr. Deborah Owens Athletics Dept. Phone:...(330) Ticket Office Phone: AKRON ( Web Site:... Press Row Phone:...(330) acebook:...facebook.com/zipswbb Season of Basketball:...43rd irst Season: All-time Record: irst Season of Division I Basketball: All-Time Division I Record: Seasons in the MAC:...25th All-time MAC Record: MAC Titles:... 1 (East ) NCAA Tournament Appearances:...1 (2014) WNIT Appearances:...3 (1999, 2013, 2015) WBI Appearances:...1 (2010) WOMEN S BASKETBALL CONTACT Sean Palchick Office: Cell: MEDIA SERVICES/POLICIES: All interviews with Akron coaches, studentathletes and administrators MUST be coordinated through the Athletics Communication office. Arrangements to speak with a member of the women s basketball program should be made through Assistant Director for Communications Sean Palchick edu). All Zips workouts are held at James A. Rhodes Arena. Media wishing to attend practice should contact the Athletics Communications office to check that day s schedule and player and coach availability. All gameday walkthroughs and road practices are generally closed to the media. The Akron locker room is closed. Press releases, game notes, statistics and recaps can all be obtained at the official internet home of the Zips, Media members wishing to be placed on the distribution list should contact Sean Palchick at uakron.edu. Please direct credential requests to Sean Palchick All such requests must be made in writing on company letterhead or via . Please include photography and parking needs. ozips.com/zipswbb SERIES HISTORY Akron will be meeting Miami for the 50th time in program history with the RedHawks leading the all-time series, The Zips posted three wins over Miami a year ago, including a decision in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. THE COACHES Miami: Cleve Wright is in his fourth season leading the RedHawks program owning a (.274) record and maintains a (.592) overall ledger in 15 seasons as a head coach. Akron: In her 11th year on the Akron sidelines as head coach, is Jodi Kest, who has a mark (.507), including (.555) overall, in her 25th year as a head coach. IN OUR LAST MEETIN Akron def. Miami, (March 7, 2016) AKRON, Ohio - In the opening round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament, Akron parlayed a 20-0 run to erase a nine-point, third-quarter deficit en route to defeating Miami University by a final score of at James A. Rhodes Arena. Anita Brown paced the Zips on the offensive end, scoring 29 points, collecting five rebounds and swiping five steals. DiAndra ibson tied her career high on the boards, pulling down a game-high 16 rebounds, while Megan Barilla stuffed the stat sheet, scoring eight points, collecting five rebounds and dishing out game-best six assists. Leah Purvis led the RedHawks with 18 points and dished out four assists, with all 18 coming in the first half. Kayla Brown scored 12 points and chipped in seven rebounds, while teammate Molly McDonagh led Miami with nine-rebound, six-point performance. or the game, the Zips shot 34.4 percent (22-of-64) from the field and buried 36.8 percent (7-of-19) of their shots from downtown. Akron used 65.2 percent (15-of-23) shooting from the free throw line to ice the victory. The RedHawks connected on 32.2 percent (19-of-59) of their shots and hit at a 36.4 percent (8-of-22) clip from behind the arc. Miami converted on 57.1 percent (8-of-14) of their shots from the charity stripe. The Zips scored 17 points off of 17 RedHawks turnovers and won the battle of the boards by an ultimate tally of 48-41, with 18 of those rebounds being on the offensive end. BOWLIN REEN SHOOTS PAST AKRON, Bowling reen connected on a season-high 15 three pointers en route to dealing Akron an setback on Saturday, eb 4, at the Stroh Center. The alcons shot nearly 54 percent (.536) from beyond the arc in the game and 44.8 percent overall, while limiting the Zips to a 32.8 percent shooting mark en route to earning the victory. Redshirt sophomore Megan Sefcik (Austintown, Ohio) led Akron with a team-high 14 points, including make four triples. Carly Santoro directed three Bowling reen players scoring in double figures with a game-high 16 points. Also surpassing the double-digit scoring plateau for the alcons was Sydney Lambert and Caterrion Thompson with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Bowling reen posted a advantage in rebounding on the afternoon, including on the defensive glass and capitalized on the margin with an 18-6 difference in second-chance points. reshman Haliegh Reinoehl (Westfield, Ind.) pulled down a team-best seven rebounds for Akron. HOT-SHOOTIN BALL STATE DOWNS ZIPS, A hot-shooting Ball State squad proved too much for Akron to overcome as the Zips dropped a decision to the Cardinals on eb. 1, at James A. Rhodes Arena. Ball State finished the affair connecting on more than 52 percent (.524) of its shots from the field, while Akron fired at a 38.9-percent clip on the evening. reshman Shaunay Edmonds (Pittsburgh, Pa.) continued to display her credentials as one of the best freshmen in the Mid-American Conference scoring a career-high 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, while adding a game-high five assists to lead Akron. Hannah Plybon (Orrville, Ohio) added 11 points and in the process moved into seventh place on the alltime scoring list for the Zips with 1,545 career points, surpassing Pam Arnold ( ). Destiny Washington sparked Ball State to register a advantage in bench scoring pouring in a career- and game-high 25 points, going 11-for-13 from the field. UP NEXT OR THE ZIPS Akron (9-12, 2-8 MAC) vs. Kent State (12-11, 6-5 MAC) Saturday, eb p.m. James A. Rhodes Arena (5,500) Akron, Ohio Television: ESPN3/Watch ESPN Radio: SportsRadio 1350 AM (WAR) in Akron (flagship), for free at SportsRadio1350.com and on iheartradio. Bill Morgan would have the call beginning with the pre-game show at 1:45 p.m. The Series: Akron will be meeting Kent State for the 63rd time in program history with the olden lashes leading the all-time series, The Zips posted a pair of wins over Kent State a year ago. THE NUMBERS ON AKRON BASKETBALL... 1 ueled by a program-best 14-4 league record, the Zips captured their first ever Mid- American Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in Akron has made six postseason appearances in its history, five of which have come in the last seven seasons. In addition to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, the Zips advanced to the WNIT in 2016, 2015, 2013 and 1999, and the Women s Basketball Invitational in The Zips have placed a student-athlete on the All-MAC Academic Team 20 times, highlighted by Jessie Crooks making the squad three seasons in a row from A record five student-athletes earned Academic All-MAC recognition in The number of wins Akron posted in and , which is a program record. The 23 victories two years ago marked a nine-win turnaround from the previous season The number of points that Rachel Tecca and Hanna Luburgh combine to score per game as seniors in Together, the seniors make up the highest scoring duo in the country. 104 The number of three pointers Hannah Plybon has connected on during the campaign, a school record. 170 The number of victories for head coach Jodi Kest at the University of Akron. She is the winningest head coach in Akron women s basketball history. 295 The number of career three pointers for Hannah Plybon. As a junior, she broke Akron s single-season record for triples connecting on 104 during the campaingn. 2,317 The number of points Rachel Tecca scored during her career, making her Akron s all-time leading scorer. She was the second player in MAC history to surpass 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. Ball State controlled the pace of the game on the glass as the Cardinals outrebounded the Zips, 43-25, including 14-4 on the offensive glass. Haliegh Reinoehl pulled down a team- and game-high nine rebounds for Akron and fell one point and a single rebound shy of recording her first career double-double with a nine-point, nine-rebound performance. Junior Alli Ball (St. Louis, Mo.) chipped in nine points in 16 minutes of reserve duty for Akron. PLYBON AMON THE NCAA S ELITE One of the most dynamic players in women s collegiate basketball, Hannah Plybon enters play this Wednesday, eb. 8, versus Miami highly ranked among the active women s basketball players in Division 1 in several categories. Plybon is currently ranked second, fourth, fifth, 14th, 35th and 40th, respectively, among active career leaders in three pointers attempted (853), triples attempted per game (7.23), triples made (295), three pointers made per contest (2.50), field goals attempted (1,341) and points (1,550). Across all divisions of women s basketball, Plybon is rated fourth in three pointers attempted and seventh in three pointers made and eighth in triples taken per game. PLYBON CLIMBIN CAREER MAC THREE-POINT LADDER Hannah Plybon enters play against Miami on Wednesday, eb. 8, ranked fifth all-time in Mid- American Conference women s basketball history in three pointers made (294). She trails only Kiyanna Black (Ohio, ), Audrey McDonald (Ball State, ), Lauren Prochaska (Bowling reen, ) and Courtney Osborn (Miami, ) on the MAC s career leader board. The quartet recorded 329, 323, 310 and 299 triples, respectively, during their collegiate careers. NEWS, NOTES AND STORYLINES Hannah Plybon became Akron s all-time leader in three pointers when she connected on her second of three triples at Western Michigan on Dec. 31. She surpassed Taylor Ruper s ( ) school-record 269 three pointers made and enters play versus Miami with 295 career three pointers. A year ago, Plybon connected on a school-record 104 three pointers during the campaign. Akron s game versus Ball State on eb. 3 marked the first time this season in which both Hannah Plybon and Megan Sefcik, the Zips leading three-point shooters, did not connect on a triple. Hannah Plybon is averaging a team-best 13.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in seven career contests against Miami, while reta Burry (Lakewood, Ohio) averages 3.8 points and 4.3 rebounds against the RedHawks. The Zips have won their last six games against Miami and have garnered victories in three of their last four trips to Oxford, Ohio. Over the Zips last five contests, Hannah Plybon and Shaunay Edmonds are averaging 16.2 and 9.8 points, respectively. Edmonds owns team-best marks 18 assists, while Brittany ordon (South Charleston, W. Va.) has distributed 15 assists. Plybon, Sefcik and Ricketts have combined to connect on 33 three pointers. Akron s five non-conference victories away from James A. Rhodes Arena this season are tied for the most for the Zips in a single-season in non-conference play since the team began Mid-American Conference competition during the campaign. The and squads also matched the mark. Megan Sefcik has emerged for the Zips this season averaging 2.29 three pointers and 9.4 points per game. Sefcik has already surpassed career single-season totals in field goals, triples and free throws made/attempted, defensive rebounds, total rebounds and assists. Since the start of the campaign, the Zips have won more than 70 percent (.702) of their games at James A. Rhodes Arena, having posted a ledger. Akron has recorded at least one block in 52 of its last 54 games since the start of the campaign, including in all but one contest this season. ollowing their victory over Youngstown State on Dec. 6, the Zips have won five consecutive games played in overtime, including a 4-0 record last season. Led by 9.5 points per tilt from Megan Sefcik, Akron is averaging 19.1 points per contest off the bench. The Zips reserves are shooting 36.9 percent from the field and at a 31.5-percent clip from beyond the arc. Brittany ordon has registered 59 assists. Akron s tilt at Eastern Kentucky marked the 700th game in the head coaching career of Jodi Kest. The Zips victory over Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 10 marked the 350th since Akron transitioned to NCAA Division I prior to the campaign. When Hannah Plybon surpasses 20 points in a contest Akron has posted an 18-6 record. Akron enters its contest versus Miami on Wednesday, eb. 8, having won 66 of its last 103 games dating back to the campaign. Hannah Plybon came into the campaign as the Zips active leader in career scoring. She will enter Akron s game with Miami having amassed 1,550 points and has connected on 37.6 percent of her shots from the field and at a 34.6-percent clip from beyond the arc. Hannah Plybon is ranked seventh in career scoring at Akron with 1,550 career points. She is 19 points shy of surpassing former teammate Anita Brown (1,568) for sixth all-time in the Zips record book. reta Burry is shooting 53.1 percent from the field for her career having made 173 of her 326 shots. The Zips have won 19 or more games in each of the last four seasons. 3 MAC Standings AS O EB. 4 East Division MAC Overall Ohio Buffalo Kent State Akron Bowling reen Miami West Division MAC Overall Northern Illinois Ball State Central Michigan Toledo Western Michigan Eastern Michigan Wednesday, eb. 8 Akron at Miami * Bowling reen at Ball State * Eastern Michigan at Kent State * Central Michigan at Northern Illinois * Toledo at Western Michigan * Saturday, eb. 11 Kent State at Akron * Western Michigan at Central Michigan * Bowling reen at Toledo * Northern Illinois at Buffalo * Miami at Eastern Michigan * Ohio at Ball State * * Mid-American Conference ame AKRON NOTES Shaunay Edmonds has registered three or more assists in 14 games, while posting three or more steals in eight contests. Hannah Plybon is ranked sixth, seventh, ninth, 10th and 10th, respectively, all-time at Akron in career field goals attempted (1,341), scoring (1,550), free throws attempted (333), field goals made (504) and free throws made (247). Additionally, she is just outside the top-10 in games played (118). Hannah Plybon enters play versus Miami on Wednesday, eb. 8, rated 10th on the Akron singleseason record book in triples attempted (179) and one triple from cracking the top 10 in three pointers in a season (60). Megan Sefcik has recorded 56 rebounds this season and 71 for her career, and it was not until her 45th career game (Jan. 21 vs. Western Michigan) that she pulled down her first-ever rebound as a Zip on the offensive glass. Shaunay Edmonds and Brittany ordon have combined to distribute 62 of Akron s 126 assists in league play this season. Haliegh Reinoehl, Hannah Plybon and reta Burry and have led the Zips through 10 conference tilts in rebounding pulling down 6.2, 4.7 and 4.7 rebounds per outing, respectively. Hannah Plybon, Megan Sefcik and Alex Ricketts (Mercer, Pa.) have connected on 27, 19 and 14 three pointers, respectively, in league play. Three Zips are shooting 50 percent or better from the field through 10 MAC contests. Caitlin Vari (Richfield, Ohio) and reta Burry are connecting at (10-15) and 61.0-percent (23-37) clips. Alex Ricketts has made 44.7 (14-29) percent of her shots beyond the arc in conference play. A trio of Zips equaled or established new career-high marks versus Bowling reen on eb. 4. Hannah Plybon pulled down double-figure rebounds in back-to-back contests for the first time in her career corralling 11 rebounds against Ohio, while recording 12 rebounds against Bowling reen. Senior Hannah Plybon bas selected by the Mid-American Conference as the MAC East Division Women s Basketball Player of the Week on three occasions this season. The conference awards are the second, third and fourth in Plybon s career. She was p
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