Big Ten member Northwestern utilized a 25-2 second-half run en route to claiming a 54-47 victory over Toledo Sunday in the second round of the Postseason WNIT in Savage Arena.
With the loss, the Rockets end their season with a 21-12 record.The Wildcats (18-14) shot 40.0 percent (10 of 25) from the field and 77.8 percent (14 of 18) from the free-throw line after the intermission to erase a nine-point halftime deficit, while UT went 14-plus minutes without a field goal. The Rockets made only six baskets in the second half and scored 18 points after the break, compared to 10 field goals and 34 points for Northwestern.
Senior Kaayla McIntyre paced Toledo with 12 points, nine boards and three thefts, while classmate Mikaela Boyd had 10 points. The Rockets also received seven points from sophomore Nakiah Black, six from junior Sara Rokkanen, and a game-high seven assists by junior Mariella Santucci.
As a team, UT shot 36.0 percent (18 of 50) from the field, including 23.1 percent (4 of 17) from three-point range and 58.3 percent (7 of 12 from the charity stripe.
Lindsey Pulliam led Northwestern with a game-high 17 points, followed by Veronica Burton and Abbie Wolf with 13 and 11, respectively. Burton and Wolf spearheaded the visitors second-half effort, tallying 10 and nine points after the intermission to help NU advance to the Sweet 16 in the 22nd annual postseason tourney.
With the completion of today’s game, the collegiate careers of seniors Boyd, McIntyre, Sarah St-Fort and Mae Tshitenge came to an end. The Rockets’ quartet were a part of 81 overall victories over the last four seasons, including 43 league wins. They also played a significant role in helping the Midnight Blue and Gold secure three post-season berths during this time, including a 2017 Mid-American Conference Championship.