First Half Struggles Cost Women’s Basketball at Akron

For the second season in a row, the Golden Eagles women’s basketball team   (1-1) suffered the season’s first loss at the hands of the Akron Lady Zips (2-0), 118-71.

The Golden Eagles traveled to the James A. Rhodes Arena, home of the Lady Zips, Nov. 12 for their first road test of the 2013-2014 campaign and as if it were déjà vu the match up ended with Akron at 2-0 and the Golden Eagles at 1-1.

Tech kept the game close, even leading at the 17:06 mark 8-7 after a made field goal by junior Diamond Henderson, but the Lady Zips pulled away with some help from foul shots and limiting the Golden Eagles’ second chance points. They were almost on fire from behind the arc, going 7-11. They would finish the first half with 60 points.

Tech struggled to find its shot in the first half, shooting 28 percent from the field and 58 percent from the foul line. The team also turned the ball over 13 times.  Tech finished the first half with just 26 points. 

The Golden Eagles did not lie down in the second half. Henderson finished with 20 points. Williams had 10 second half points, 4-5 from the stripe, finishing with 15 and 7 rebounds and the team’s only block. Goolsby started the second and contributed with nine points giving her 14 total.

The Golden Eagles’ schedule doesn’t get any easier for its next contest as they head to Starkville, Miss. Nov. 21 to face the Lady Bulldogs of Mississippi State.