Toledo's Defense Stands Tall in Convincing Victory at Ohio, 52-33
ATHENS, OH - Toledo held Ohio to only 12 field goals and coasted to a 52-33 victory on Sunday inside the Convo. With the triumph, the Rockets' run their win streak to a season-high three straight games and improve to 11-7 overall, 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference.
UT's smothering defense limited the Bobcats (9-11, 2-4 MAC) to 21.4 percent (12-of-56) from the field, marking the third-consecutive contest it restricted the opposition to less than 30 percent. The 33 points tied for the sixth-fewest points allowed in school history and the lowest mark since Northern Illinois totaled 31 points on Jan. 12, 2011.
Junior Yolanda Richardson paced the 2010-11 MAC regular-season champs with 18 points, a season-high 15 rebounds and a season-best six rejections. Richardson knocked down an impressive 9-of-11 shots from the floor to post her third double-double of the season, and she is shooting a staggering 75.5 percent (40-of-53) in league games.
Senior Courtney Ingersoll and freshman Inma Zanoguera also scored in double figures for the Midnight Blue & Gold and finished with 12 points and a season-high 11 points, respectively.
UT never trailed in the cross-division matchup and stormed out to a 10-0 lead at 16:27, forcing the Bobcats into an early timeout. The Rockets received triples from senior Haylie Linn and Ingersoll, as well as four points from Richardson in the opening sequence to build the double-digit cushion.
Toledo continued to play with a sizable advantage as the first period wore on, and the 2011 WNIT champions took advantage of layups from sophomore Brianna Jones and Zanoguera to make the score 16-6 with 7:52 remaining before intermission.
In the waning moments of the first half, Toledo benefitted from baskets from Richardson and Zanoguera to take a 20-13 cushion into the locker room. The 13 points the Rockets allowed equalled a season low, tying their effort vs. Dayton in the first half of the season opener on Nov. 13.
Richardson continued to be a force on the low block to begin the second half, as she converted three-consecutive layups to extend UT's lead to 26-15 with 16:00 remaining in regulation.
The Toledo native was too much for Ohio to defend, accounting for 10 of her team's first 13 points after halftime to make the difference 33-22 at 9:53.
UT then put the game away with back-to-back treys from Ingersoll to establish a 19-point bulge, 43-24, at 4:43 mark.
Mariah Byard knocked down three treys and finished with nine points to pace the home team. The Bobcats' leading scorer Tenishia Benson, who came into today's game averaging 14.9 points per game, missed all eight of her field-goal attempts and totaled three points in a contest-high 35 minutes.
The Rockets return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 25 when they host MAC East contender Miami. The opening tip is slated for 7:00 p.m. inside Savage Arena.
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