Akron put all six of its scorers in double figures and Sina King notched her 11th double-double of the season as the Zips took down visiting Ohio Thursday night, 98-82.
The victory sets a new school record for wins in a single season with 19, and is also UA's fifth-straight win at James A. Rhodes Arena. The Zips' 98 points are the most points scored by an Akron team against a Mid-American Conference opponent in the history of the program.
Akron (19-8, 10-4 MAC) shot 54.7 percent from the field for the game, tying its season high, and enjoyed 20 points from the free throw line on 23 attempts.
Rachel Tecca led the scoring charge with 24 points in 25 minutes, shooting 9-of-13 from the field with seven rebounds and three steals.
King's double-double came with 22 points and 10 boards, and was followed closely by Hanna Luburgh's 17-point, eight rebound effort.
Taylor Ruper hit four 3-pointers to rack up 12 points, and Kacie Cassell hit double figures for the second game in a row with 10, fueled by a 6-for-6 showing from the charity stripe. Carly Young came off the bench to score 13 points and pull down five rebounds.
Erin Bailes had a career night for Ohio (6-20, 1-13 MAC), finishing with 33 points and seven three's.
It took some doing for Akron to fall into a rhythm and find its fast-paced game. Ohio ran out to a 12-7 lead in the first four minutes, connecting on four of its first five shots.
Neither team was able to hang on to an advantage of more than four points in the first half until a layup from Tecca at the 5:14 mark put the Zips up 35-30. A triple from Bailes and a Symone Lyles layup on consecutive possessions tied the score back up at 35, until the Zips strung together a mini 9-3 run to grow a six-point lead that carried them through the half.
Despite the slim lead, UA out-rebounded Ohio 21-12 in the opening period as Luburgh and King each grabbed six first half boards.
Akron began to pick apart the Bobcat defense in the second 20 minutes, finding a double-digit lead for the first time at 61-51 by 16:21 on a King layup.
Luburgh's layup with nearly 10 minutes to go pushed the gap to 18 and held Ohio at its furthest distance on the night.
The Bobcats would cut it to 11 with 3:48 left to play, but the Zips' 8-for-8 showing from the free throw line in the last three and a half minutes mixed in with a Ruper 3-pointer was more than enough to hold off Ohio and put a stamp on a record night at the JAR.
UA will play its last home game of the regular season Sunday when it hosts Miami (Ohio) at 2 p.m. ET. The rematch with the RedHawks will be televised live on SportsTime Ohio and ESPN3. A victory would give the Zips at least a guaranteed share of the MAC East Division title.
Sunday is also Senior Day for the Zips, who will honor their two seniors Ruper and Katie Bubna prior to tip-off.