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ATHENS, Ohio – The University of Akron women's basketball team was unable to maintain its early momentum as the Zips (9-20, 2-16 MAC) dropped a 62-48 decision at Ohio (21-8, 12-6 MAC) on Saturday, March 4, in the regular season finale for both schools.
Akron will open Mid-American Conference Tournament action on Monday, March 6, as the No. 11 seed traveling to sixth-seeded Toledo. Game time will be be at 5:30 p.m. as the opening game of a doubleheader at Savage Arena as the Rocket's men's team will host Bowling Green in the second contest of the evening.
Monday's winner moves into quarterfinal play to battle Kent State at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, March 8, in the fourth and final game of the evening.
Senior Hannah Plybon (Orrville, Ohio) directed Akron's efforts with a team-high 13 points, while senior Alex Ricketts (Mercer, Pa.) and freshman Haliegh Reinoehl (Westfield, Ind.) each collected a game-high 10 rebounds for the Zips. Quiera Lampkins led the Bobcats with a game-best 14 points. Jasmine Weatherspoon posted a 12-point, 10-rebound effort, while Amani Burke notched 12 points as well.
Akron finished the affair shooting 29.6 percent from the field and limited the high-powered Bobcats' attack to a 29.0 percent shooting night.
The Zips outrebounded Ohio in the tilt, 51-39, including 37-25 on the defensive glass. The Bobcats capitalized on 22 Akron turnovers turning the miscues into a 28-5 advantage in points off turnovers.
After the Bobcats scored the game's opening basket, the Zips rolled off nine unanswered points as part of an overall 13-2 run to assume a 13-4 lead after a lay-up by freshman Caitlin Vari (Richfield, Ohio) at the 5:07 mark. Keying the surge was four points from Plybon and three courtesy of freshman Shaunay Edmonds (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Following the media timeout (4:32), Ohio closed the quarter on a 10-2 run, but trailed the Zips after one period of play, 15-14.
Freshman Shayna Harmon (Ashville, Ohio) opened the second quarter to extend Akron's advantage to three, 17-14. The Bobcats squared the game at 17 on a triple from Dominique Doseck at the 6:21 mark.
A lay-up from Vari and a corner triple from Harmon pushed the Zips' lead back to five, 22-17, with 5:29 left before halftime.
Akron went ahead 25-22 after a three pointer from Plybon, before Ohio used an 8-0 run to assume a 28-25 margin following a free throw by Weatherspoon with 35 ticks left on the second-quarter clock.
Plybon connected on a pair of free throws, but the Bobcats led at the intermission, 30-27.
The Zips shot 35.7 percent from the field in the opening half, while limiting Ohio attack to a 28.1 percent shooting mark.
Plybon led all players with a nine first-half points, while Vari and Ricketts each pulled down seven rebounds.
The Bobcats scored the first six points of the third quarter as part of a15-6 overall run to assume a 45-33 lead at the 1:43 mark. Ohio stretched their margin to as many as 16 points in the stanza and led after three quarters, 53-40.
Akron was outscored 9-8 over the final 10 minutes as Ohio registered the triumph.