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Bronco Women Zip Past Akron Behind Hill's Big Day

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Redshirt senior Marley Hill's career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds helped the Western Michigan women's basketball team defeat Akron, 76-60, on Saturday afternoon inside University Arena. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak as the Broncos improve to 13-10 overall, 6-5 in Mid-American Conference play and 8-2 in Kalamazoo.

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Hill's double-double was her second of the season and fourth wearing a Brown & Gold uniform. The forward also dished out five assists and didn't commit a turnover in 34 minutes. Three other players scored in double figures including senior Najee Smith's career-high 13 points off 5-of-10 shooting.

Despite illness from junior Breanna Mobley, the forward garnered 11 points and four rebounds in 19 minutes while junior counterpart Deja Wimby did not play due to sickness.

The future is bright from freshmen guards Jordan Walker and Nina Farkic. Walker tallied her 14th start of the season and was once again all over the stat sheet, notching 11 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes. Farkic's start was her second of the season as the Canadian went for seven points, three rebounds and three assists as the floor general today.

In a game that the Broncos led wire-to-wire, Western Michigan shot 41.2 percent in the first half and 49.2 percent for the game. As a team Western Michigan dished out 21 assists and committed a season-low nine turnovers. WMU outrebounded its opponents 35-29 on the day including 26 defensive rebounds and nine on the offensive glass. The Broncos forced 13 turnovers and gathered nine steals that lead to 17 points off turnovers.

WMU got things started early with a five-point lead just four minutes into the first quarter. In the quarter alone Smith poured in eight points and three rebounds to help the Broncos take 20-13 lead after the first 10 minutes. The Zips controlled most of the second quarter, outscoring WMU 19-15 but the Broncos took a three-point advantage into the break.

The second half was all Western Michigan, holding Akron to just nine field goals off 9-of-27 shooting as the Broncos snap their two game losing streak. The 16-point victory was also the largest margin of victory in MAC play this season.

The Broncos make a quick trip on Wednesday, Feb. 7 to Bowling Green to face the Falcons at 7 p.m. inside the Stroh Center. WMU returns home for its annual Play4Kay Pink Game on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m., hosting Ball State in Kalamazoo.

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