Toledo Hosts Bowling Green in Televised Matchup of MAC Division Leaders on Saturday
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (15-7, 8-2 MAC) concludes its six-game swing through the Mid-American Conference East Division when it hosts arch-rival Bowling Green (20-3, 10-0 MAC) on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon in Savage Arena and will be televised on SportsTime Ohio (STO) and ESPN3 with Mike Cairns providing the play-by-play and Jacki Windon serving as the analyst.
The Rockets are currently deadlocked with Eastern Michigan (16-7, 8-2 MAC) for the top spot in the MAC West Division, while the Falcons maintain a two-game lead over UT and EMU for the best overall record in the conference.
Toledo is 9-3 this season and an impressive 51-7 wearing its home white uniforms under fourth-year Head Coach Tricia Cullop, including a perfect 11-0 against MAC East Division foes.
The Midnight Blue & Gold enter Saturday's matinee riding a 12-game win streak against MAC East Division opponents following last Saturday's 66-55 wire-to-wire victory at Kent State.
Senior Courtney Ingersoll paced UT with a game-high 20 points, equaling her collegiate best with five three-pointers for the second straight game.
Junior Lecretia Smith added a season-high 14 points with seven rebounds, senior Haylie Linn chipped in 13 points and sophomore Andola Dortch had 12 points, six boards and six assists to help the Rockets extend their unbeaten stretch to a season-high seven consecutive games.
UT shot 44.7 percent (21-of-47) from the field and 68.2 percent (15-of-22) from charity stripe to win in Kent for the first time since 2002.
For the season, the Rockets are fueled offensively by the trio of Dortch, Ingersoll and junior Yolanda Richardson, who are averaging 13.3, 12.0 and 10.4 ppg, respectively. UT, which is ranked No. 19 in this week's collegeinsider.com Mid-Major 25 Poll, has five players averaging 5.9 or more points per game.
Toledo will be facing a red-hot Bowling Green squad that is riding a 13-game win streak, including a 67-56 home triumph vs. Western Michigan last Saturday. All-MAC candidates Alexis Rogers and Jessica Slagle led the Falcons with 22 points and 15 points, respectively.
BGSU, which is 8-2 away from home in 2011-12, features an offense with three players scoring in double digits led by Chrissy Steffen's 14.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.1 steals.
The Falcons, which are ranked No. 6 in the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major 25 Poll, currently lead the conference in scoring defense (54.9 ppg), scoring margin (+12.3 ppg), overall field-goal percentage defense (36.7%), three-point field-goal percentage defense (26.1%) and assist/turnover ratio (0.8).
Toledo trails in the all-time series against Bowling Green, 41-27, but claimed a 66-65 road victory (Jan. 26) last season to snap a six-game losing skid in Anderson Arena.
UT holds a 16-14 edge in games played on its home court and most recently notched a 66-63 victory in Savage Arena two seasons ago (Jan. 30).
Following Saturday's matinee, Toledo will enter the home stretch of its 2012 MAC campaign with a road contest at Central Michigan on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The contest will tip off at 7:00 p.m. in McGuirk Arena.
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