Monday, May 6, 2013

End of the Year Banquet!!!

We had a great celebration to honor a truly memorable year. Pictured above is the team with the MAC East Championship trophy! Here is a list of the award winners for the year!

Barbara Hlivko Award- Sina King

Most Outstanding Player- Rachel Tecca 

Offensive Player of the Year- Hanna Luburgh 

Most Improved- Megan Barilla 

Community Service Award- Taylor Ruper 

Academic Award- Rachel Tecca 

We also honored our two seniors Taylor Ruper and Katie Bubna as well as all the individual MAC Awards won by our players throughout the year!

Akron Zips Women's Basketball 2013 Banquet Video

Here is our highlight video from the 2012-2013 season! Enjoy! 

Kacie Cassell National Assist Leader

We are very pleased to recognize that junior point guard, Kacie Cassell, finished the year as the National Assist Leader! 

The University of Akron women's basketball team saw a program-record five student-athletes earn Academic All-Mid-American Conference recognition for the 2012-13 season. 
Sina King, Hanna Luburgh and Rachel Tecca were named to the Academic All-MAC team, while Taylor Ruper and Carly Young received Honorable Mention.
"To have five of our players recognized by the MAC for their efforts in the classroom speaks volumes about our team," said head coach Jodi Kest. "We had an incredible season on the court, but we always stress the importance of academic success and it is great to see our student-athletes being rewarded for their hard work."
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

ZIPS Receive WNIT Bid!!!

The Zips received an at-large bid to the 64-team tournament after posting a program-best 23-9 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the Mid-American Conference. UA won nine out of its last 10 regular season games before going on a run in the league tournament and making its first ever appearance in a MAC title game, falling to Central Michigan 86-68.


This past year our team broke many records!!! Here are a few that really stood out!!!

23 Most Overall Wins 

12 Most Conference Wins 

9 Most Non-Conference Wins 

1st MAC Championship Appearance 

MAC East Champions 


Akron has claimed its first ever MAC East Division title. This is this first time since 2004-05 that a team other than Bowling Green has won the East.

3 Players Earn All-MAC

Akron's junior trio of Rachel Tecca, Sina King and Hanna Luburgh were named to the Mid-American Conference all-conference teams for their performance during the 2012-13 season!
Tecca earned All-MAC first team honors for the second time in her career, while King and Luburgh were named to the third team. This is the first time in program history Akron has placed three student-athletes on all-conference teams.
"Rachel, Hanna and Sina have worked extremely hard for us all year, and this honor is a testament to their effort," said head coach Jodi Kest. "All three have established themselves as leaders for our team and it has been great to see them develop into three of the top players in the conference."

Rachel Tecca Wins MAC Player of Year

University of Akron redshirt junior forward Rachel Tecca has been named the 2012-13 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year!
Tecca is the first MAC Player of the Year in Akron women's basketball history, highlighting a record-breaking season for the Zips. The award was voted on by the league's head coaches, sports information directors and members of the media.
"Rachel is a very special player and this award is indicative of the hard work and dedication that got her to this point," said head coach Jodi Kest. "This honor is extremely well-deserved, and I am very proud of everything she has accomplished this season in pushing herself and our program to the next level."