It was a tough shooting night for the ‘Hawks as they finished 15-for-54 (27.8 percent) from the field. That included a 5-for-23 (21.7 percent) performance from behind the arc. Miami did find offense from the free throw line, finishing 28-for-34 (82.4 percent) from the charity stripe.
Individually, sophomore forward Hannah McCue made her presence felt for Miami. She earned her second double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Senior guard Hannah Robertson was also in double-figures, finishing with a team-high 12 points.
Akron jumped to a 10-2 lead in the first four minutes of the contest. A jumper by Hannah Robertson and a three-pointer from freshman forward Nicole Anderson cut the deficit to 13-7 at the 15:12 mark. Hanna Luburgh answered with a jumper, but McCue drained back-to-back shots to cut the Zip lead to 15-11 with 13:01 to go.
Luburgh began to heat up for Akron and led the team on a 10-4 run that pushed the advantage to 10 at 25-15. Hannah Robertson answered with a layup, but Miami’s shot went cold as the Zips went on a 13-3 run that made it 38-20 at the 2:36 mark. Freshman guard Jillian Spurlock hit a three-pointer and a pair of free throws, but the Zips maintained a 48-29 advantage going into the break.
Miami struggled from the field in the first half, finishing 7-for-30 (23.2 percent). It made up for it at the free throw line, going 13-for-14 (92.9 percent). McCue had 10 points and six rebounds in nine minutes of action. Akron shot 22-for-43 (51.2 percent), led by Luburgh going 12-for-14 and scoring 24 points in the period.
A layup by Anderson, a three-pointer from junior guard Courtney Larson and a pair of free throws from Spurlock was part of a 7-2 start to the second half for Miami that pulled it to within 14 at 50-36. The Zips responded with four straight, but another three-pointer by Larson made it 54-39 with 14:36 left in the contest.
A layup by sophomore guard Maddie McCallie helped keep the RedHawks in the game as both offenses went cold over the next couple minutes. A free throw by McCallie made it 59-43 with 11:34 to go. The Zips followed with a 21-7 run over the next five and a half minutes to put the game out of reach. Miami was able to close on a 10-2 run to make the final score 88-63.
In addition to Hannah Robertson and McCue’s performances, Anderson and Larson each scored nine for Miami, while Spurlock finished with seven. The RedHawk defense held Luburgh to only four points in the second half as she finished with a game-high 28. Akron held a 48-37 rebounding advantage on Miami.
The RedHawks return to action on Saturday when they host Buffalo at 2 p.m. That is Miami’s Think Pink game and all proceeds from the contest, including ticket gate and T-shirt sales will be earmarked to help Luna Cares in the fight against breast cancer. It is also the Kids Fest game. Beginning at 12:45 p.m. several Miami varsity and club teams will be on the concourse with free demonstrations for youth in attendance. Bill Douglas will have the call for the game and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.