Thursday, February 24, 2011

Akron Women's Basketball vs. Bowling Green

It took a last second shot by Lauren Prochaska to beat the Zips 47-45. "I could not have asked any more from my team tonight," said head coach Jodi Kest. "They played their hearts out, and I am so proud of them. This one hurts, but we'll forget about it and move on to the next game."
Sophomore Rachel Tecca - who paced the Zips with a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double - dropped in a baseline hook to give Akron a one-point advantage with eight seconds remaining. Jen Uhl had put the Falcons ahead with 27 ticks to go with a pair of free throws to answer Kara Murphy's pair of freebies with 1:23 to go.
Tecca's 13th double-double of the season ties the program record set by Pam Arnold Davis, who was honored before the game with a banner in the rafters of Rhodes Arena for her accomplishments as a Zip.
The UA defense limited the Falcons to just 23.6 percent from the field in the game, but they converted 18-of-23 free throws. Bowling Green's 47 points are its second-lowest total of the season, and the Falcons average 73.0 per game, second-best in the league.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Kara Murphy Breaks Scoring Record

Senior forward Kara Murphy became Akron's all-time leading scorer at Buffalo on Feb. 16, breaking Akron great Cheryl Bowles' all-time scoring record by sinking two free throws with 20 seconds to play that gave Akron a three-point lead. Murphy has amassed 1,715 total points over her career. Congrats Kara!!!

Kara Murphy Honored

Congrats to Senior Kara Murphy on breaking the school record of most games played! Kara also has started evry game she has played in. This is an outstanding accomplsihment!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cheryl Bowles Honored

Prior to Saturday's win over the Cardinals, a banner honoring jersey No. 24 which was worn by Zips great Cheryl Bowles was hung in the rafters of the venue. The All-American and all-time leading scorer competed for the Blue and Gold from the 1997-98 through 2000-01 seasons.
As a junior in 2000 Bowles became the Zips' first-ever first-team all-conference honoree and on Jan. 24, 2001 as a senior cemented herself as the premiere player in Akron history, becoming the school's all-time leading scorer. In her 115 game career Bowles totaled 1,712 points, surpassing the old mark of 1,544. For her senior season in 2000-01 she earned Honorable Mention All-Mid-American Conference accolades.
Bowles became the seventh player in Akron history to surpass 1,000 points in a career and was a Kodak Honorable Mention All-American, one of two All-Americans in program history. She was also a member of the 1998-99 squad that played in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Alumnae Game Highlights

On Friday night, Rhodes Arena was home to the Alumni Game, in which the Blue Team scored a 53-44 win over the Gold Team. A postgame dinner for the former student-athletes, their families and guests was held in the arena's Tommy Evans Lounge. Thank You to all the Alumni who came back and showed their Zip Pride!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Akron Women's Basketball vs. Ball State

Taylor Ruper broke the school record for 3-pointers made in a game and Kara Murphy broke the school record for career games played and career starts as The University of Akron women's basketball team defeated Ball State 78-65 on Saturday at Rhodes Arena.
The win improved Akron to 11-12 and 4-7 in the Mid-American Conference. Ball State fell to 9-15 and 4-7 in MAC play.
Ruper was on the mark all night as she totaled a career-high-tying 26 points on 8-of-10 shooting from behind the arc. Murphy added 15 points and Rachel Tecca also found double digits for Akron scoring 12 – her ninth-straight contest in double figures.

Rachel Tecca Named To Capital One Academic Team!!!

Akron sophomore Rachel Tecca was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Third Team for District 4, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The list recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance on the floor and in the classroom. This is the first such honor for the Tallmadge, Ohio native, who carries a 3.90 GPA in Corporate Financial Management.
Tecca becomes the first women's basketball player in program history to earn this distinction.

For a complete listing of the Capital One Academic All-District women's basketball teams, click here.

Road Trip to NIU! Zips meet Tamika Catchings!

Behind a total team performance on both ends of the floor, the University of Akron women's basketball team dominated Northern Illinois 72-43 for the program's first-ever win at NIU. Sophomore forward Rachel Tecca recorded her second-straight double-double with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds, giving her 11 for the season and 14 for her career.
The Zips (10-12, 3-7 MAC) allowed the fewest points of the season, including just 12 in the first half, while holding NIU (9-14, 3-7 MAC) to 15-for-53 (.283) from the floor. Akron coupled its defensive performance with one of its best shooting nights, going 30-for-58 for 51.7 percent.
"It was a great defensive effort," said head coach Jodi Kest. "I'm so proud of our kids. We also had excellent offensive execution. It was a great team effort tonight."
Joining Tecca in double figures were sophomore Taylor Ruper with 11 and freshman Carly Young with 10.

Road Trips are always a fun time for our team. We have great team chemsitry and this group of young ladies and alot of fun to be around. While waiting for our flight home in the Chicago Airport the team ran into WNBA and former Tennesse Star, Tamika Catchings! It was a greta photo opp for our team!

Zips Excel In The Classroom!!!

The University of Akron women's basketball team performs both on the court and in the classroom, as the Zips boast 10 players on the Dean's List for Fall 2010. This Fall the team's overall GPA was 3.40. They also have an impressive cumulative GPA of 3.45.
Akron Head Coach Jodi Kest is pleased by her team's achievements, saying, "I'm proud of our players' success in the classroom. These accomplishments are a true credit to their hard work, dedication, and commitment to academics. Their success represents the high-achieving student-athletes that compete for the University of Akron."
UA's lone senior Kara Murphy leads the way on the list, joined by juniors Denver McLean and Natasha Williams, sophomores Rachel Tecca and Taylor Ruper, and freshmen Kacie Cassell, Sina King, Hanna Luburgh, Brianna Moyes, and Carly Young.