Five Eastern Michigan Eagles (21-11) players scored in double figures, and EMU used a balanced attack to comfortably defeat the Akron Zips (22-8) 95-66 on Thursday afternoon.
There will be no repeat title for Akron after Eastern Michigan led by double digits for nearly 30 straight minutes to close the game. Last year, Akron earned the right to play Purdue in the first round of NCAA Tournament, but the Zips fell in that game 84-55. This time around, Akron entered the MAC women's tournament with the same seed as they had last season, and were looking for a win which would have set up a rematch of last year's MAC title game with Ball State in this season's semifinals.
Eastern Michigan coasted from start to finish and at one point they held a 19 point lead in the first half. A big part of the victory was holding the MAC's leading scorer, Sina King, to single digits in the second half. The Zips would end up being led by the MAC's third-leading scorer Anita Brown who scored a game high 26 points.
Akron used a 17-8 run to end the first half, which cut EMU's halftime lead to just 44-33. In the second half the Eagles didn't waste any time building on that lead until things just got ridiculous, as the Lady Eagles' 95 points were a season high and set the school's all-time record for points in a MAC tournament game.
Eastern Michigan advances to play second-seeded Ball State tomorrow, while Akron ends their season at 22-8 and will be looking for a birth into the WNIT come Monday night.
The semifinals are now set. Buffalo, who won in today's early game, will play top-seeded Ohio at noon, while Eastern plays Ball State 30 minutes after the first game ends.
|Points||A. Brown (26)||C. Sweeney (24)|
|Rebounds||D. Gibson (10)||R. Kehoe (9)|
|Assists||A. Brown (5)||J. Morton (10)|
|Blocks||H. Plybon (2)||C. Sweeney (1)|
|Steals||A. Brown, H. Plybon, M. Barilla (1)||C. Sweeney (2)|