Fitch’s Sefcik leads Akron over YSU women

Staff report


Austintown Fitch High School graduate Megan Sefcik hit four 3-pointers and led Akron with 20 points as the Zips beat Youngstown State 75-58 on Tuesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Sefcik, a junior, was 7 of 11 from the floor and 4 of 8 from 3-point range. She helped offset a career-high 25 points by YSU’s Indiya Benjamin, who scored 14 of her 25 points in the first period to give the Penguins a 24-17 lead after 10 minutes.

Benjamin made 10 of 16 shots, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

Akron began the second quarter with a 14-0 run and held the lead the rest of the game.

The Zips (4-3) outscored YSU 21-5 in the second quarter and finished with 13 3-pointers in the non-conference victory.

After going 10 of 16 in the opening period, YSU made just two buckets in the second period and didn’t score until a Mary Dunn basket with 3:08 left. By that time, Akron had built a 31-24 lead. Dunn’s make got the score within five, but the Penguins would get no closer.

The Zips extended the lead to 38-29 lead at halftime as YSU was 2-for-11 with six turnovers in the second period.

YSU had a quick five-point burst early in the third period when Sarah Cash scored and Alison Smolinski followed with a 3 to cut the deficit to 41-34. Akron got a 3-pointer from Sefcik to push the lead back to 10, and another by Shaunay Edmonds,

The deficit remained double figures until Smolinski hit a triple on the first possession of the fourth period to get the Penguins with 55-47. After Akron went up 60-47, YSU held the Zips scoreless for more than three minutes but was only able to get within 60-52. Akron scored seven straight points out of a timeout, and the Zips also scored the final seven points of the game.

Cash scored 12 points and Smolinski had 10 for the Penguins (2-6), who lost their fourth straight.

Edmonds had 19 points and seven assists for Akron.

YSU will conclude a four-game road swing at Saint Francis at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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