Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Zips Enjoy NYC and Pick Up 2 Big Road Wins!!

We just got back from a great road trip out east. Our team had two big wins over Big East team, Providence and St. Peter's.

During our trip we also made some time for sight seeing in NYC. The girls got to experience a little of what city living is like. Last Sunday after practice we toured NYC. We had a chance to view Ground Zero as well as the new World Trade Center, which is being built. See the pic below

We also made a stop at Rockefeller Center and saw the famous ice skating rink and Christmas Tree.

After some picture taking we took the team to a famous Irish Pub in downtown NYC. The restaurant was near Time Square and Broadway!

Overall it was a great trip for our team and coaches. We got 2 wins and the girls were able to experience some amazing sights. On our last day in Jersey City, NJ some of the team even went to the famous Carlo's Bakery (Home of the show "Cake Boss") 

Hanna Luburgh Receives MAC East Player of the Week!

University of Akron guard Hanna Luburgh has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week.

This is the second consecutive week an Akron player has received the honor from the MAC, as Rachel Tecca earned the distinction last week.
Luburgh continued to be UA's offensive catalyst in its come-from-behind road victory over the Big East's Providence on Saturday. She nearly had her second straight career-high scoring night, leading both teams with 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting.
The junior scored 10 of her points in the midst of a 20-6 Akron run late in the first half, helping the Zips erase a 14-point deficit to tie the game at halftime. Luburgh single-handedly drained half of Akron's 10 3-pointers, and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line. She was also the team's second leading rebounder with seven
In Akron's last two games, Luburgh has averaged 29.0 points and eight rebounds.

Rachel Tecca Receives MAC East Player of the Week!!!

Zips forward Rachel Tecca has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week
This is the third time in her career Tecca has received the MAC's weekly award.
Tecca posted a pair of double-doubles in two wins over Tennessee Tech and Bryant. On the road at TTU, she scored the 1,000th point of her career with a free throw at the 13:27 mark in the first half.
In all three of Akron's games last week, Tecca shot a combined 24-of-38 (.632) from the field, averaging 22.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Nearly half of her 28 rebounds (13) were on the offensive glass. Tecca also led the team with five blocks and added six steals.
Tecca currently ranks second in the conference overall in scoring (20.0 ppg) and field goal percentage (.622), but does not appear in the top-10 in minutes played, meaning that she is posting these numbers in less time on the court than other top players across the league.

Zips Welcome 4 New Additions!!!

"I am very excited to announce our 2013 class," said Kest. "This special group of talented players have been committed to us since last April, so it is a great day to finally be able to officially call them Zips." 

Gary, a 6-1 forward, has built a strong career at the high school and AAU levels over the past three years. Last year as a junior, Gary averaged 11.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, in addition to 2.2 blocks. She received Honorable Mention All-State accolades from Hoosier Basketball Magazine, and was a 2012 IBCA All-State and All-Northeast Indiana First Team selection. Gary has also led her AAU team to the state championship title for the past three consecutive years. 
"Keanna ('Key') is a very good athlete who will give us more depth in the post," Kest said. "She can play both the four and five spots on the floor. She is a very good rebounder and has good footwork defensively. Key also runs the floor well, which we really liked for our up-tempo style of play." 
Plybon, a 5-9 guard out of nearby Orrville High School, comes to Akron as an ESPN 86 Grade, three-star recruit, the 107th best guard in the nation. In 2011-12, she averaged 20.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and three assists per game. Plybon has received all-state recognition for the last three years, including being named to the All-Ohio First Team as a sophomore and junior. The two-time Northeast Inland District Player of the Year currently ranks second in school history with 1,380 career points and one season left to play. 
"It is always great to add another local player to our roster, and Hannah is a very special player," said Kest. "She is a great scorer who has the ability to run the point and play the two guard. Hannah has a very good understanding of the game and possesses great toughness. She is a gym rat and a winner." 
Ricketts, a 5-11 shooting guard, has been named Offensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons after posting averages of 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. She is a three-time First Team All-Region honoree and earned the title of 2011 Miss Basketball Player of the Year. 
"Alex is another great scorer at the guard position," noted Kest. "She is an excellent 3-point shooter who can also attack the basket or pull up. Alex will thrive in our system because of her ability to shoot the ball. She is also a very hard working player who is constantly working to improve her game." 
Scipio, a 5-4 point guard from the Columbus area, was named one of the Top-10 players in District 10, in addition to earning Special Mention All-Ohio recognition and a spot on the All-OCC Capital Division First Team. Scipio averaged 14.1 points, 5.7 assists and 4.2 steals per game her junior season. 
"Hannah is a feisty and extremely competitive point guard," Kest said. "She is a true point, in that she is a great floor general who knows what it takes to win. Hannah has very good speed and handles. She also possesses great leadership skills which are essential for any great point guard." 
Together, the four commitments make up the Zips' early signing class for next season. 

Rachel Tecca Reaches 1,000 Points!!!

Rachel Tecca surpassed 1,000 career points in a win versue Tennessee Tech on Nov. 13th. 

Tecca led five Zips in double-figure scoring with 26 points, 18 of which came in the first half. Her second of two free throws at the 13:27 mark was good for the forward's 1,000thpoint of her career.  Congrats to Rachel on this great honor! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Anita & Jasmine Tour the Student Union

This week freshmen Anita Brown and Jasmine Wood give us a tour of the student union! Take a look and see what great amentiies are offered to our students.