Toledo to entertain Big Ten member Michigan in second round of WNIT March 23

March 23, 2015 | Athletics, Events, News
By Brian DeBenedictis



Toledo (19-13) will entertain Big Ten member Michigan (17-14) in the second round of the 2015 Postseason WNIT Monday, March 23, in Savage Arena. The opening tip is slated for 7 p.m.

Junior Brenae Harris had 16 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds to record the first triple-double in UT history when the Rockets beat Wright State, 72-64, in the first round of the WNIT.

Junior Brenae Harris had 16 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds to record the first triple-double in UT history when the Rockets beat Wright State, 72-64, in the first round of the WNIT.

The winner of tomorrow’s match-up will take on the winner of Big 12 participant Kansas State (19-13) and Southeastern Conference member Missouri (18-13) in the third round Wednesday-Friday, March 25-27. Sites and times for the Sweet 16 will be released at a later date.

The Rockets are in the midst of a season-best five-game home winning streak and sport an 11-4 (.733) mark in Savage Arena.

UT advanced to the second round of the post-season tourney for the fifth-consecutive time with a 72-64 victory over Horizon League member Wright State Friday at home.

Junior Brenae Harris paced the Midnight Blue and Gold with 16 points, a career-high 11 assists and a collegiate-best 11 rebounds to record the first triple-double in school history.

Freshman Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott also contributed a game-high five triples and a contest-best 19 points, while senior Inma Zanoguera had 12 points, eight boards with five helpers, and sophomore Janice Monakana chipped in 10 points and seven caroms off the bench.

UT was extremely efficient offensively against the Raiders and recorded 20 assists on 25 field goals and also finished with a commanding 54-42 edge on the glass. Junior Ana Capotosto fueled the effort on the boards, finishing with a career-best 14, followed by Harris, Zanoguera and Monakana.

Zanoguera, Bravo-Harriott and Harris lead Toledo offensively, scoring 15.4, 10.5 and 9.7 points per game, respectively.

A former Wolverine, Harris started six of 53 games in two seasons at Michigan during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. She averaged 2.5 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.5 steals in 10.6 minutes per contest and scored in double figures on two occasions.

Michigan qualified for the second-round contest by virtue of its 72-50 victory over Horizon League member Cleveland State at home March 18. Second-team All-Big Ten selection Cyesha Goree and Madison Ristovski led the Wolverines with 18 and 15 points, respectively.

UM finished with an 8-10 mark in its conference and features a balanced attack with four players scoring in double digits led by Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year Katelynn Flaherty’s 14.2 points per game.

The Wolverines are 4-10 away from home this season and are making their sixth-straight postseason appearance.

Toledo and Michigan will meet for the 19th overall time and first since the 2010 Postseason WNIT. The Wolverines secured a 72-57 home victory in the second round of the 2010 post-season tourney and lead the all-time series 10-8. The Wolverines also hold a 4-3 edge in games played in Savage Arena, most recently claiming a 44-41 triumph Nov. 22, 2006.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children for reserved seats (all seats in the lower bowl) and $12 for adults and $6 for children for general admission (all seats in the upper level).

UT students will receive free admission with a valid ID.

UT employees may purchase up to two half-price tickets at the UT Ticket Office with a valid UT employee ID.

Tickets are available online at UTRocketstix.com, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653), and visiting the UT Ticket Office located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex.