With under two weeks remaining in Mid-American Conference play, Toledo (15-10, 8-6 MAC) will host Western Michigan (16-9, 9-5 MAC) Wednesday, Feb. 25, looking to win its third-consecutive game.
The contest against the Broncos is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Savage Arena and can be seen on ESPN3 and BCSN.The Rockets, who are 7-4 at home this season, also will be aiming to sweep the season series against WMU for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. UT claimed a 65-46 victory over its division rival in University Arena Jan. 17.
UT enters the match-up in third place in the highly competitive division standings and is one game behind second-place WMU and three below frontrunner Ball State (15-10, 11-3 MAC). With a win against the Broncos, the Rockets will put themselves back into the discussion for a possible bye in next month’s MAC Tournament.
Toledo is coming off an 81-72 come-from-behind victory at Eastern Michigan Saturday. UT trailed 63-51 at the 8:20 mark in the second half before outscoring EMU 30-9 for the remainder of the division showdown to post the road triumph.
Sophomore Sophie Reecher led five Rockets in double figures with a career-high 22 points and 11 rebounds to post her third career double-double.
Sophomore Janice Monakana added 17 points with a career-high four assists, senior Inma Zanoguera had 16 points and a game-high 12 caroms, junior Brenae Harris tallied 12 points with eight rebounds, and freshman Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott totaled 10 points, a season-high seven boards with a squad-best two thefts.
As a team, Toledo shot 47.0 percent (31 of 66) from the field, including 30.0 percent (6 of 20) from three-point land, and a sparkling 86.7 percent (13 of 15) from the free-throw line to bounce back from a 14-point loss to the Eagles Jan. 24 at home.
UT also controlled the glass and finished with an astounding 57-22 edge, including 23 offensive boards. Toledo took full advantage of those offensive caroms and translated them into 19 second-chance points. All five starters for Toledo had at least seven rebounds.
The Rockets were at their best in the pivotal second half, shooting a blistering 56.7 percent (17 of 30) from the floor. The Midnight Blue and Gold posted 49 points after the intermission and outscored the Eagles by 12, 49-37, en route to securing their fifth win in the last seven trips to Ypsilanti.
The quartet of Zanoguera (16.1 points per game), Bravo-Harriott (9.4 points per game), Monakana (9.4 points per game) and Harris (9.4 points per game) continue to lead the Rockets offensively, all scoring at least nine points per game.
Toledo will face a Western Michigan squad that has dropped back-to-back games for the first time since early December. Most recently, the Broncos suffered a 63-51 setback at Central Michigan Saturday.
The Rockets lead the all-time series, 50-21, including a 25-8 advantage in games played in Savage Arena.