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Jordyn Dawson had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Akron women's basketball held off a furious late rally to beat rival Kent State 62-61 Wednesday night.
In a showdown moved up from its original Jan. 22 date due to COVID-19-related scheduling changes, the Zips led by as many as nine with just 3:35 left before the Golden Flashes fought back with a 10-2 run. A Dawson turnover gave KSU a chance to win it, but Bridget Dunn's jumper clanked off the rim as time expired.
UA (4-4, 1-1 MAC) made only 2 of 15 3-pointers, but out-scored the Flashes 40-28 in the paint. Layne Ferrell tallied 16 points to go with five boards.
Playing at home in the MAC Center, Kent State (8-4, 0-3) parlayed a strong second quarter into a 30-27 halftime lead, but a 13-4 run by Akron to start the fourth proved too much to overcome. Bellevue native Casey Santoro led the Flashes with 21 points off the bench, while Nila Blackford had a game-high 17 rebounds.
With its first win since late November following multiple coronavirus cancellations, Akron will next host Bowling Green back at James A. Rhodes Arena Saturday afternoon. Kent State has dropped three in a row, and will try to get back on track this weekend at Western Michigan.