The Wolverines trailed 58-55 heading into the fourth quarter but scored 12 straight points and turned that into a 17-2 run to lead 74-63 with 2:49 to play.
Michigan (4-0) made 8 of 11 free throws in the fourth and Hailey Brown hit the Wolverines' only two 3-pointers of the game.
Haliegh Reinoehl led a balanced attack for Akron (2-1) with 14 points. Shayna Harmon and Jordyn Dawson had 13 points apiece. Rachel Martindale went 4 of 6 behind the arc for 12 points.
Michigan led 25-12 after one quarter but the Zips closed within 41-34 at the half. Michigan had an 8-1 run in the third quarter but the Zips closed on a 10-0 run.
The Wolverines shot 60% for the game (28 of 47) despite going 2 of 10 from distance. They also made 22 of 25 free throws. Akron, which shot 46% and was just 4 of 6 from the line, made 11 3-pointers.
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