Women's Basketball Hits the Road For Saturday Afternoon Tilt with Akron

Dec. 14, 2012

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CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (6-2) will hit the road for the first time in six contests as the Bearcats travel to Akron to face the Zips. UC enters the contest following a 59-48 win over Eastern Kentucky. Akron heads into the meeting with a 7-2 mark, most recently suffering a 73-71 loss to Wright State.

The Last Meeting
November 26, 1993
Cincinnati, Ohio

SERIES HISTORY: Saturday’s contest will mark the ninth meeting between the two programs and the first since the 1993 season. Cincinnati leads the all-time series 602 having won the first six contests. Akron has taken the last two contests in the series.

LAST TIME OUT: The Bearcats improved to 6-2 after handing Eastern Kentucky a 59-48 loss. After trailing at the half for just the second time this season, the Bearcats went on to out-score the Colonels 36-24 in the second half to earn the victory.

Alexis Durley (15) and Kayla Cook (11) each set season-best marks in scoring. Making back-to-back starts in the last two contests, Durley has recorded double-digit points each time. Cook’s scoring was aided by a 3-for-4 performance from behind the three-point line.

UC exploded for six three-pointers in the contest on just 11 attempts. The six long-range shots equal the total from the last four games combined.

SCOUTING THE ZIPS: Akron enters with a 7-2 record, recently suffering their second loss of the season to Wright State. The Zips had a shot at a buzzer-beater win, but the shot wouldn’t fall handing Akron the loss.

Akron’s high-powered offense is averaging 79.2 points this season. The Zips have surpassed the 80-point mark five different times this season, including a 103-57 win over Saint Peter’s. Akron ranks first in the MAC and eighth nationally in scoring average.

The offensive effort is led by forward Rachel Tecca (20.3 ppg) and guard Hanna Luburgh (17.8 ppg). Akron is off to its best start since the 1995-96 season. The Zips went 3-0 for the first time since their inaugural season in 1974-75.