Women's Basketball Battles Florida St. Saturday at Rhodes Arena
Akron (5-3) vs. Florida State (4-5)
Sat., Dec. 10, 2011 • 2 p.m. ET
Akron, Ohio • James A. Rhodes Arena (5,500)
Live Statistics/Live Streaming: Available free of charge at GoZips.com. Bill Morgan (play-by-play).
Akron Coach Jodi Kest (Slippery Rock, 1984)
Is in her sixth season at Akron, posting a 64-95 (.406) mark. Kest is 291-248 (.540) in 19-plus seasons as a collegiate head coach. She was named the MAC Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading UA to a school-record 18 wins.
Florida State Coach Sue Semrau (UC San Diego, 1985)
In her 15th season at the head of the bench for Florida State, Semrau is the school's all-time winningest coach. Semrau holds a 240-175 (.578) record at FSU and has been named ACC Coach of the Year three times.
The Seminoles have won the only other meeting between the two programs, taking a 75-46 decision on December 15, 2002 in Akron.
Akron Welcomes Florida State to the JAR on Saturday
Akron welcomes the ACC's Florida State to Rhodes Arena on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 p.m. game. The Zips will be looking for their fifth-straight win.
• Akron has won four-straight games and has its offense running at full steam. The Zips have scored 80-plus points in all four wins.
• Rachel Tecca, Sina King and Carly Young all scored in double figures in Akron's 87-50 win over St. Peter's last Saturday. Tecca led all scorers with 25 points, her second consecutive 25-plus point effort.
• The Zips have shot above 50.0 percent in their last four games, all wins, and have been knocking down threes with precision, making 44.4 percent of its longballs during its current four-game winning streak. Akron is averaging 88.3 points per game during the streak.
• Featuring a balanced attack, five Akron players are averaging at least 8.6 points per game, while six players pull down 3.1 rebounds per game or more. Nine players see significant action on a regular basis, averaging at least 13.3 mpg.
• With their potent offense, the Zips lead the MAC in scoring offense, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, 3-pointers made per game and assists. Senior Ti'eshia Stubbs leads the league in field goal percentage (66.7), while Rachel Tecca and Sina King are second and fifth, respectively. Junior Taylor Ruper is tops in 3-point field goals per game (3.0) 3-point field goal percentage (48.0).
• Akron will be looking for its first ever win over a program from the ACC. The Zips last meeting against the ACC came in 2002-03 - a 75-46 home loss to Florida State.
• Head Coach Jodi Kest, now in her sixth season at the helm of the program, needs just nine wins to join the 300-club. She has amassed 291 wins over 19-plus seasons as a head coach. At Akron, Kest has posted a 65-95 record (.406) and needs 15 wins to become the winningest coach in Zips history.
A Look at Florida State
Florida State enters Saturday's match-up with a 4-5 record and are coming off a 64-62 win over Charlotte on Sunday. The Seminoles took No. 17/18 Ohio State to overtime before losing, 78-75, on Nov. 30 and have also lost to No. 11 Louisville. The Seminoles received nine votes in the latest AP poll (Dec. 5).
FSU is led by Naismath Award candidate and Sandusky, Ohio native Cierra Bravard (16.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg). Alexa Deluzio is also scoring in double-digits at 12.9 points per game.
'93 Cents for Flight 93'
Throughout Saturday's game donations will be taken for the 93 Cents for Flight 93 foundation, which aims to raise awareness and founds for a proposed Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa. Flight 93 crashed in rural Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001 after passengers on board fought to regain control of the plane after it was hijacked by terrorists. Fans who donate to the cause on Saturday will receive the opportunity to take a shot on the Rhodes Arena court for a special Zips prize.
Akron is looking to win its fifth-straight contest Saturday. A victory would equal a stretch of five wins from the 2009-10 season from Jan. 23 to Feb. 6. Last weekend's win over Saint Peter's - the team's fourth-straight - matched a streak that the Zips accomplished twice last season, once in non-conference play and once during MAC play.
Tecca Takes Akron's Second-Straight Player of the Week Honor
After averaging 25.5 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game in two contests last week, junior forward Rachel Tecca received MAC East Player of the Week Honors. Tecca became the second Zip in as many weeks to take the award, following teammate Taylor Ruper. Tecca started the week by collecting her second double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the win at Cleveland State. She then scored 25 points and pulled down eight caroms in the win over St. Peter's. Tecca played just 26 minutes per game during the week. It marks the second time in her career that Tecca has been named MAC East player of the week.
Zips Rout St. Peter's for Fourth-Straight Win
Rachel Tecca was one of three Zips in double-figures with 25 points to lead Akron to an 87-50 win over St. Peter's on Dec. 3. Sina King scored 13 points and Carly Young added 12 for Akron. Akron forced 21 turnovers and won the rebounding battle 45-34. Tecca pulled in eight rebounds and tallied three steals to add to her effort. Freshman Candice Martino saw her first action of the season after recovering from injury.
Akron Takes Care of Cleveland State, 84-74
With its third consecutive win, the Akron women's basketball team defeated Cleveland State 84-74 at the Wolstein Center on Nov. 30. The Zips were led by junior forward Rachel Tecca with game-highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds, her second double-double of the season. Senior Jasmine Mushington and sophomore Hanna Luburgh notched career-highs of 18 points and 14 points, respectively.
Ruper Earns Player of the Week Honors
Taylor Ruper was named MAC East Player of the Week on Nov. 28 for her standout performance at the Seattle University Thanksgiving Tournament. Ruper, a junior guard from North Royalton, Ohio, earned Most Valuable Player honors after helping Akron go 2-0 and win the tournament title. This marks the first conference weekly award for UA this season and the first of Ruper's career.
Firing on All Cylinders
The Zips have shot better than 50.0 from the field and 40.0 percent from 3-point range in their last four games, going 4-0 during that stretch. Akron has also finished better than 70.0 percent from the free throw line in five consecutive contests. The Zips rank seventh in the country in field goal percentage (48.0). The Zips rank 31st nationally in scoring offense at 77.1 points per game.
Chasing 1,000 Points
Entering the season, Rachel Tecca had tallied 809 career points through 62 games. With 143 scored so far this season, she needs just 48 to join the 1,000-point club. Last season, she scored 475 points, the fifth most in a season in program history.
Junior guard Taylor Ruper netted 75 3-pointers last season, the second most in a season in program history, and currently stands fifth all-time with 119 career 3's. The program record is 183 by Michelle Chavanne. With just 21 more, Ruper would move into second place ahead of Leigh Burdette (139).
Rachel Tecca is likely to move into the top 10 in career rebounds this season, as she has recorded 546 so far in her career and needs 59 to claim 10th place on the all-time list. Last season, she notched 288 boards, the third most in a season in program history.
Quest for 300
Head Coach Jodi Kest owns a career record of 291-248 (.540) through 19-plus seasons, needing just nine more wins to total 300 for her career. In 2009-10, she guided the Zips to a school-record 18 wins and was named the MAC Coach of the Year.
The Zips travel to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne (6-1) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.