The University of Akron women's basketball team returned to the floor for its first official practice of the 2013-14 season Monday afternoon under the direction of eighth-year head coach Jodi Kest.
The team spent two and a half hours fine-tuning fundamentals and position work, cultivating what has become its signature uptempo style.
Kest, now the longest-tenured women's basketball head coach in the Mid-American Conference, returns 10 letterwinners and four starters from a team that went 23-10 overall and 12-4 in the conference a year ago, en route to capturing the school's first ever MAC East championship.
Highlighting an impressive senior class is Tallmadge, Ohio native Rachel Tecca who garnered MAC Player of the Year and Academic All-American accolades as a redshirt junior. Kacie Cassell led the country in assists per game last season, re-writing Akron's record book in the process, and Hanna Luburgh capped off a stellar junior season with All-MAC Tournament team honors, leading the Zips to their first ever appearance in the league title game.