In a game featuring teams with opposite records, the Western Michigan University Broncos(5-12) stunned the Akron Zips (12-5) Saturday afternoon inside WMU’s Read Fieldhouse with an 84-77 victory.
The Broncos defeat of Akron was the first conference loss for the Zips and the first conference win for WMU.
Akron scored the game’s first bucket but WMU soon took the lead and held it for much of the game. The Zips tied the game at 57-57 with 8:37 left in the game and again at 70-70 with 1:52 remaining. Akron never got the lead however as the Broncos hung on for the upset win.
Sophomore guard A.J. Johnson led the team in scoring with 21 points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists. Johnson made seven of her 10 attempts while going two-for-two from three point range.
“Coach always tells me that I can drive, I just need to do it,” Johnson said. “It was just a collective effort to drive, and try to find holes to make our lay-ups.”
It was freshman guard Alex Morton who led the Broncos in minutes with 39. Head Coach Shane Clipfell said that Morton is one of the team’s best perimeter defenders and he needed her to guard Akron’s talented guard, Hanna Lumburgh. Morton contributed seven points, two steals and four rebounds. Despite playing almost the entire game she didn’t turn the ball over once.
“I wanted to go in and do the best I could, and do as much as I could to help out my teammates,” Morton said. “I knew that I long as I was in, I had to go as hard as I could to help the team.”
WMU’s starting forward, Marquisha Harris, had a career day. She scored 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting while grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds. Harris also led the Broncos in blocks with two and steals with three.
The ladies will look to build on this win when they travel to DeKalb, Ill. to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies this Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.