Rachel Tecca makes history, leads Women's Basketball to 101-79 win at Eastern Michigan
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Rachel Tecca played arguably the most complete game of her career, setting numerous school records as Akron dominated Eastern Michigan in a 101-79 victory on the road Sunday afternoon.
Tecca broke the school's single-game scoring record with 43 points and added 22 rebounds, reaching double-double status by halftime. The last Akron player to record more than 20 rebounds in a game was Cheryl Bowles on Nov. 30, 1999 (21 vs. Youngstown State).
UA improved to 10-8 overall and 4-3 in the Mid-American Conference with the win, while EMU fell to 12-6 and 2-5 league play.
Tecca also became the first player in program history to surpass 2,000 points in a career with her first basket of the second half at the 19:23 mark. The senior's scoring frenzy came on a 14-of-23 performance from the field and a perfect 14-of-14 showing at the free throw line.
Hanna Luburgh joined Tecca with a double-double of her own, posting 22 points and pulling down 12 boards, eight of them on the offensive glass. Luburgh also posted four assists without a turnover in 34 minutes on the floor.
As a team, UA grabbed a season-high 65 rebounds against Eastern's 42. The Zips' 65 rebounds are tied for fourth all-time for a single game in program history.
EMU had three players score in double figures, led by Cha Sweeney with 25 points.
The Zips jumped out to a 6-0 lead within the first two minutes of play and never looked back. Eastern's first three field goals came from long range, but the Zips forged ahead and never forfeited their lead. Akron has not trailed its opponent at any point in its last three games.
Akron moved the ball well offensively and had its way in the paint, out-scoring the Eagles down low 42-32. Kacie Cassell kept the offense rolling, dishing out a game-high seven assists.
UA built a comfortable 15-point advantage by halftime, leading 53-38, and maintained separation for the duration of the second 20 minutes. Tecca scored 23 of her points in the second period, helping Akron grow its lead to as many as 27 points with just over a minute to play.
The Zips stay on the road next week when they travel to Toledo for another MAC West contest on Thursday, Jan. 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at UT's Savage Arena.