Staff and wire reports
The vastly improved Akron Zips women's basketball team kept Kent State winless in Mid-American Conference play on Saturday with a 77-51 victory at James A. Rhodes Arena.
The loss dropped the Golden Flashes to 3-13 overall and 0-5 in the MAC, while Akron evened its overall record to 8-8 and improved to 2-3 in the MAC.
Turnovers and fouls proved to be the costly factors for KSU.
The Flashes turned the ball over 27 times, leading to 28 Akron points in the game. Meanwhile, Kent State also committed 27 fouls, including three players fouling out and another falling one foul short of exiting permanently.
Akron took advantage of those free-throw opportunities as well, with the Zips finishing 25-of-30 from the charity stripe.
The game's leading scorer, Akron's Rachel Tecca, finished with 24 points and was sent to the foul line 16 times, making 14. Tecca was 5-of-14 from the field and also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Joining Tecca in double figures for the Zips was Hanna Luburgh (16 points), Hannah Plybon (11) and Anita Brown (11).
Ravenna High School graduate DiAndra Gibson started the game for the Zips. She finished with three points on a made 3-pointer, and she also had two rebounds in her 16 minutes of action.
Kent State's offense struggled from the floor in both halves, shooting a combined 31.5 percent. However, it was a 25-percent shooting first half (6-of-24) that allowed Akron to take a 36-19 halftime lead. In the second half, the Flashes made 11 of their 30 field-goal attempts.
Leading the Flashes offensively was Rachel Mendelsohn, who had 14 points. Montia Johnson added 11 points. Both Mendelsohn and Johnson had a team-high six rebounds.
Next for Kent State is a home game against Central Michigan on Wednesday. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the M.A.C. Center.