TOLEDO, OH - Senior Courtney Ingersoll scored 18 points and sophomore Andola Dortch added 17 as Toledo drubbed Western Michigan, 76-50, before 5,045 boisterous fans inside Savage Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Rockets' (18-7, 11-2 MAC) victory was their 10th in a row, tied for the sixth-longest unbeaten stretch in school history, and clinched at least a top-four finish in the Mid-American Conference and a bye through the first two rounds of the MAC Tournament. The triumph also avenged a 70-67 loss to the Broncos in Kalamazoo on Thursday, Jan. 5 in their league opener.
Wearing pink jerseys for their annual "Rockets for the Cure" game, the Midnight Blue & Gold dominated the contest from the outset. Following a basket on WMU's first possession, Toledo went on a 14-0 run to open up a 14-2 lead and forced the Broncos to call timeout at the 14:13 mark. A few minutes later, Dortch converted a fast-break layup to make the score 27-8, and the rout was on. Ingersoll scored 12 of the Rockets first 22 points, including a pair of three-pointers and two breakaway layups off steals.
Toledo extended its lead to as many 30 points in the first half, before settling on a 47-19 halftime edge.
Western Michigan (6-20, 3-10 MAC) was led by Corie Buchanan's 21 points. The Broncos never made a serious run in the second half, only managing to cut the margin to 24 points late in the game.
Toledo shot 22-of-48 (45.8 percent) for the game, including a blistering 15-of-26 (57.7 percent) in the first half. The 2011 WNIT champs also forced 23 WMU turnovers, 15 in the first half.
Following the game, the Rockets auctioned off their pink game jerseys to fans for the Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio. Between the auction, raffles and t-shirt sales, UT hoped to raise at least $15,000 for breast cancer research and support. A year ago, the Rockets raised a record $14,366 for the cause.
The Rockets will return to hardwood on Tuesday, Feb. 21 when they travel to Eastern Michigan in a battle of the MAC West Division co-leaders. The Eagles knocked off the 2010-11 MAC regular-season champions in Toledo, 70-66, on Wednesday, Jan. 11. At stake is a possible No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament and a bye all the way to the semifinals of the postseason event.