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UPDATED: Diver to Represent Toledo at NCAA Diving Zones

This event has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Sophomore diver Joelle Gallais is set to represent The University of Toledo at the 2020 NCAA Diving Zones this week in Lexington, Ky.

She will compete on the one-meter board Thursday, March 12, and from the platforms Saturday, March 14.

“Joelle has worked really hard this season and is looking confident going into zones this week,” Diving Coach Gabby Agostino said. “We have had some adversity this season, but I am ready to see her excel and show what she can do.”

The Lumsden, Saskatchewan, native has posted six wins on the one-meter board, with a career-best 300.00 set last season. Gallais competed at the 2019 NCAA Diving Zones last year.

Joelle Gallais has won the one-meter dive six times this season.

UPDATED: Women’s Basketball Team Upsets Top Seed Central Michigan in MAC Tourney Quarterfinals, 78-71

UPDATED: Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher announced March 12 the remainder of the 2020 MAC men’s and women’s basketball tournaments has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Win and advance: Toledo upset No. 1 seed Central Michigan, 78-71, Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland.

With the impressive win, the Rockets improve to 14-17 on the season and advance to the MAC Tournament semifinals against No. 4 Ohio (19-11) Friday, March 13, at 11 a.m. in Cleveland.

Junior Tanaya Beacham had 14 points, seven boards and one steal in Toledo’s upset victory against Central Michigan March 11 in Cleveland.

Toledo outscored the MAC regular-season champion Chippewas 20-5 in the pivotal third period to take control of the neutral-court matchup. The Rockets held CMU (23-7) scoreless for the final eight-plus minutes in the quarter to establish a lead they would not give up.

Molly Davis knocked down a triple to put CMU in front 44-39 at the 8:31 mark in the third quarter. The Chippewas would not score again until MAC Player of the Year Micaela Kelly converted a trey with 9:27 left in regulation. Toledo forced Central Michigan to miss 12 of its 14 shots in the period, and the Chips shot a frigid 14.3% from the field.

Junior Tanaya Beacham led a season-tying best five Rockets in double figures with 14 points, followed closely by classmate Nakiah Black, senior Sara Rokkanen, junior Tatyana Davis and freshman Quinesha Lockett with 12, 11, 11 and 11, respectively.

Toledo also benefited from eight points, a team-high eight caroms, a contest-best seven helpers and three steals to advance to the MAC’s Final Four for the seventh time in 12 years under Head Coach Tricia Cullop.

As a team, the Rockets shot a respectable 45.2% (28 of 62) from the floor, including 9 of 26 from three-point range, and 68.4% (13 of 19) from the charity stripe.

Toledo also finished with 13 assists, compared to a season-tying low 10 turnovers to run its record to 7-4 all-time against the Chippewas in the conference tournament.

Kyra Bussell paced Central Michigan with a game-high 23 points, including 21 in the first half, while Kelly added 21.

MAC Basketball Tournament to be Played Without Spectators

Following consultation with Ohio government and public health officials, and at the recommendation of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, the Mid-American Conference announced March 10 the 2020 Mid-American Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland will be played. However, a restricted attendance policy will be implemented for the tournament.

Permitted to attend the tournaments will be only credentialed institutional personnel; student-athlete family members; credentialed media, television and radio crews; and official team party members.

For all others, the tournament games will be closed to the general public.

This decision was made in consultation and guidance with local government, public health and medical officials to limit large gatherings due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The safety of all is our greatest concern. Since January, I have stated that any decision would follow the advice of state governmental officials and medical professionals. Following the feedback, we received today [March 10], we have taken this action, which is in alignment with the recommendation of Gov. DeWine,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference commissioner.

Fans will be able to watch the games through live streaming and cable networks. A full listing of games and television outlets is listed below.

Quarterfinal games for the women’s tournament begin Wednesday, March 11, with Toledo facing Central Michigan at noon (ESPN+).

The men’s tournament will begin Thursday, March 12, with Toledo battling rival Bowling Green at 6:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

Semifinal games for both tournaments will be played Friday, March 13, with championship games Saturday, March 14.

Rocket fans who have already purchased tickets to the tournament will receive a full refund. Fans who have questions may call the Rocket Ticket Office at 419.530.GOLD (4653).

The UToledo Alumni Office pregame parties scheduled at Harry Buffalo prior to each game also have been canceled.

Men’s Basketball Team Punches Ticket to Cleveland in 76-73 Win

The Toledo men’s basketball team fought off a feisty Western Michigan squad and punched its ticket to Cleveland on Monday evening with a 76-73 victory in a first-round Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament matchup in Savage Arena.

The No. 7 seeded Rockets’ victory places them in the quarterfinals against No. 2 seed Bowling Green (21-11) Thursday, March 12. Tipoff time for the contest is 6:30 p.m. in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse with streaming on ESPN Plus.

Junior Marreon Jackson scored 25 points in Toledo’s win over Western Michigan.

Junior Marreon Jackson paced Toledo (17-15) with 25 points, including 18 in the opening 20 minutes. Seniors Willie Jackson and Luke Knapke each registered a double-double for the second straight game. Willie Jackson tallied 22 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Knapke contributed 18 points and 11 boards.

Junior Michael Flowers led Western Michigan with 35 points, while junior Brandon Johnson notched 19 points and seven rebounds.

“I thought tonight was a gutty performance by our guys,” Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. “We moved the ball well offensively and had 16 assists with only eight turnovers. I thought we guarded for 40 minutes. Western Michigan’s runs were created by [Michael] Flowers and [Brandon] Johnson hitting incredibly tough shots. I thought Willie and Spencer [Littleson] did a great job defensively against them.”

The Broncos held a 43-37 advantage in the rebounding department, but Toledo was able to offset that by going 9 for 22 (40.95) from three-point range and committing just eight turnovers.

The Rockets started strong in each half only to see Western Michigan rally from double-digit deficits. Toledo held a 16-point advantage in the opening 20 minutes before the Broncos closed to within four late in the half.

In the second stanza, the Rockets scored the first 10 points after intermission and eventually built their lead to as many as 19 points. Flowers trimmed the Rockets’ lead to a single point, 70-69, at the two-minute mark. Willie Jackson tipped in a miss on Toledo’s next possession for a three-point lead. He then came up with a steal that turned into a 74-69 lead with 54 seconds left.

Tickets for the MAC Tournament can be purchased online at Toledo Rockets Ticket Central website, by phone at 419.530.GOLD (4653), or by visiting the Rocket Ticket Office in Savage Arena. Only tickets purchased through The University of Toledo will be in the Rocket section of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Fans can pick up their tickets at the Toledo will call table in the outer lobby of the arena.

The UToledo Alumni Engagement Office will host a pregame party at 4:30 p.m. before the game at Harry Buffalo (2120 E. 4th St., Cleveland) just across the street from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Admission is $15. The all-you-can-eat menu for March 12 will include buffalo chicken egg rolls, traditional wings, chicken salad croissants, beef sliders with cheese, and a house salad. Soft drinks and iced tea are included with the meal. A cash bar will be available.

Women’s Basketball Team Defeats Akron in First Round of MAC Tourney

Toledo secured a nail-biting 63-59 victory over Akron Monday in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in James A. Rhodes Arena.

The No. 9 seed Rockets (13-17) advance to the MAC Tournament Quarterfinals to face No. 1 seed Central Michigan (23-6) at noon Wednesday, March 11, at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland.

Junior Nakiah Black scored 17 points vs. Akron in the first round of the MAC Tournament.

Junior Nakiah Black scored 15 of her team-high 17 points in the second half, and junior Tanaya Beacham contributed 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to lead a balanced Toledo attack.

Senior Sara Rokkanen added 12 points and senior Mariella Santucci had 10 points and a contest-best eight assists to help the Rockets pull off the heart-pounding four-point road triumph.

As a team, Toledo connected on 32.8 %(19 of 58) from the floor, including 5 of 20 from three-point range, and a splendid 80.0% (20 of 25) from the charity stripe.

The Rockets posted a sizable 37-27 advantage on the glass and finished with 13 assists, compared to only 12 turnovers to run their record to 6-2 all-time against the Zips in the conference tournament.

Haliegh Reinoehl paced the No. 8 seed Zips (15-15) with a game-high 21 points, followed by Shaunay Edmonds and Jordyn Dawson with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Tickets for the MAC Tournament can be purchased online at Toledo Rockets Ticket Central website, by phone at 419.530.GOLD (4653), or by visiting the Rocket Ticket Office in Savage Arena. Only tickets purchased through The University of Toledo will be in the Rocket section of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Fans can pick up their tickets at the Toledo will call table in the outer lobby of the arena.

The UToledo Alumni Engagement Office will host a pregame party at 10 a.m. before the game at Harry Buffalo (2120 E. 4th St., Cleveland) just across the street from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Admission is $15. The all-you-can-eat menu for March 11 will include chicken tenders, sheet pizza, beef sliders with cheese, boneless wings and a veggie tray. Soft drinks and iced tea are included with the meal. A cash bar will be available.

Women’s Basketball Team to Play at Akron in MAC Tourney Action March 9

The Toledo women’s basketball team will travel to Akron in first-round action of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m.

Toledo (12-17, 7-11 MAC) is the No. 9 seed in the tournament, while Akron (15-14, 8-10 MAC) is the No. 8 seed.

Junior Nakiah Black had 16 points vs. Northern Illinois March 7 in the regular-season finale at home.

Meanwhile, the Toledo men will host Western Michigan in first-round MAC Tournament play in Savage Arena Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. Read the UToledo News story.

Following Monday’s first-round games, the MAC Tournament moves to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland (March 11-14). Rocket fans may reserve their seats for all games in Cleveland and pick their tickets up at will call at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The women’s tournament will begin with the quarterfinals Wednesday, March 11. The men’s quarterfinals will start Thursday, March 12. Both sets of semifinals will be Friday, March 13, with the finals Saturday, March 14.

Tickets can be purchased online at Toledo Rockets Ticket Central website, by phone at 419.530.GOLD (4653), or by visiting the Rocket Ticket Office in Savage Arena. Only tickets purchased through The University of Toledo will be in the Rocket section of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Fans will be billed for tickets only if the Rockets advance and can be picked up at the Toledo will call table in the outer lobby of the arena.

The UToledo Alumni Office will host a pregame party before every men’s and women’s game in Cleveland. All pre-game parties will begin two hours prior to the Rockets’ games and will be held at Harry Buffalo (2120 E. 4th St., Cleveland) just across the street from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Men’s Basketball Team to Host First-Round MAC Tourney Game March 9

The Toledo men’s basketball team will host Western Michigan in first-round action of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Monday, March 9, at Savage Arena.

Toledo (16-15, 8-10 MAC) is the No. 7 seed in the tournament, while Western Michigan (13-18, 6-12 MAC) is the No. 10 seed.

Toledo has won four of its last five games heading into Monday’s first-round MAC Tournament game Monday, March 9, in Savage Arena.

The game will tip at 7 p.m.

Men’s basketball season ticket members have a ticket for Monday’s game included in their season ticket package. All others may purchase their tickets online at Toledo Rockets Ticket Central website, by phone at 419.530.GOLD (4653), or at the Rocket Ticket Office in Savage Arena. Tickets also may be purchased at the door. UToledo students will be admitted free with ID.

Parking for Monday’s game will follow regular-season procedures. If there is a doubleheader, those holding “A” parking passes may park in areas 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 and 18. Those holding “B” parking passes may park in areas 10 and 18, or in any general admission parking area. For more information on game-day parking, go to utrockets.com.

Following Monday’s first-round games, the MAC Tournament moves to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland (March 11-14). Rocket fans may reserve their seats for all games in Cleveland and pick their tickets up at will call at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The women’s tournament will begin with the quarterfinals Wednesday, March 11. The men’s quarterfinals start Thursday, March 12. Both sets of semifinals will be on Friday, March 13, with the finals Saturday, March 14.

Tickets can be purchased online at Toledo Rockets Ticket Central website, by phone at 419.530.GOLD (4653), or by visiting the Rocket Ticket Office in Savage Arena. Only tickets purchased through The University of Toledo will be in the Rocket section of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Fans will be billed for tickets only if the Rockets advance and can be picked up at the Toledo will call table in the outer lobby of the arena.

The UToledo Alumni Office will host a pregame party before every men’s and women’s game in Cleveland. All pre-game parties will begin two hours prior to the Rockets’ games and will be held at Harry Buffalo (2120 E. 4th St., Cleveland) just across the street from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Media Relations Specialists Honored for Writing

The University of Toledo’s media relations team won two of the top three awards for Best in Writing for the Media in the 2019 Pride of CASE V Awards.

Christine Billau won gold for the media pitch UToledo Chemists Discover How Blue Light Speeds Blindness about a faculty member who discovered how blue light from smartphones and other digital devices can lead to age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in the United States. The pitch resulted in 640 media mentions worldwide reaching more than 400 million people. The research has continued to be cited often in news stories beyond that initial push.

Tyrel Linkhorn was recognized with a bronze award for the promotion of A No-Pain Gain to Combat Hypertension. That pitch highlighted research at UToledo that for the first time identified how liver function could play a role in regulating blood pressure and the possibility of a medication that could address salt-sensitive hypertension without exercising. The story was covered by local media and a number of science and research outlets.

CASE V is the Council for Advancement and Support for Education District V that advances and supports alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and advancement efforts of educational institutions in the Great Lakes region. District V encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, and includes more than 400 member institutions and more than 2,500 representatives.

Marketing Team Recognized With Advertising Awards

The University of Toledo’s undergraduate viewbook received a Gold Addy from the Toledo American Advertising Federation recognizing the bold and confident messaging of UToledo’s new Fueling Tomorrows brand.

The top-place finish in the brochure campaign category recognizes the creative design of the primary recruitment publication sent out to more than 30,000 prospective students.

The UToledo undergraduate viewbook received a Gold Addy from the Toledo American Advertising Federation and automatically will be entered into the district contest.

“Our marketing team has spent a lot of time and energy during the past year strategically and creatively incorporating our new Fueling Tomorrows brand into all of our promotional materials,” said Adrienne King, assistant vice president for marketing and communications. “This award is a great recognition of their talent. I’m proud of this viewbook and all of the hundreds of materials we’ve created to better tell the UToledo story.”

The brand launch also received two bronze awards at the local 2020 ADDYs competition held Feb. 20 at the Valentine Theatre. UToledo was recognized in the integrated media category highlighting the redesign incorporated throughout all marketing materials, including print, outdoor billboards, the new mobile-first website and a social media campaign. The University also earned recognition in the integrated brand identity campaign category for how it rolled out the brand launch with an online brand guide and video.

UToledo’s gold award-winning entry at the local level will automatically be entered into the district contest as the next step in the national American Advertising Awards (ADDYs) competition, which is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries every year in local American Advertising Federation Club competitions.

UToledo’s viewbook also earned a gold award in the 2020 Print Excellence Awards for the specialty finishing on the cover from the local chapter of the Printing Industries of America.

Sponsorship of Women’s Basketball Game to Raise Awareness of Opiate, Heroin Epidemic

The Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, funded by the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, has partnered with The University of Toledo to sponsor the women’s basketball game against Northern Illinois Saturday, March 7.

The Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program’s sponsorship is designed to help raise awareness about the opiate and heroin epidemic that is occurring throughout Lucas County.

Dr. Caren Steinmiller, UToledo associate lecturer of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, will receive the game ball.

Literature about opiate and heroin abuse prevention and available services will be distributed at vendor tables in the lobby before the game.

The Rockets and the Huskies tip off at 2 p.m.

Full-time UToledo employees and retirees may purchase two tickets at half-price. Additional tickets may be purchased at the full price. UToledo students are admitted to home games free with ID.

To purchase tickets, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go to the Toledo Women’s Basketball Ticket Central Website, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

For more information about the fight to prevent opiate and heroin abuse, contact the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program Lucas County at 419.255.4444.