Two Rockets honored by Mid-American Conference

March 13, 2019 | Athletics, News, Alumni
By Brian DeBenedictis

Senior Kaayla McIntyre and classmate Mikaela Boyd were both recognized Tuesday with the release of the Mid-American Conference all-league squads. McIntyre earned a spot on the second team, while Boyd was an honorable mention all-conference selection.

In addition, McIntyre was named to the All-MAC Defensive Team.

The all-conference squads were determined from voting by the league’s 12 head coaches, while the Specialty Awards were selected by head coaches, athletic communications directors and media members of the conference.

McIntyre collected all-league recognition for a second straight season, while Boyd received post-season laurels for a third consecutive year.

A Toledo native, McIntyre is averaging a team-high 16.4 points, a squad-best 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, a team-best 1.6 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 28.8 minutes per game in 2018-19.

The team captain currently leads the league in overall field-goal percentage (.588, 203 of 345, 15th in NCAA), and ranks tied for second in defensive boards (6.1 rebounds per game), tied for fourth in overall rebounding, seventh in scoring, 12th in offensive caroms (2.1 rebounds per game) and 20th in free-throw percentage (.664, 85 of 128).

One of three Rockets to start all 30 games this year, McIntyre has scored in double figures in all but one contest, finishing with a season-high 25 points and a contest-best 15 caroms at Eastern Michigan March 6 to post her squad-best ninth double-double.

In MAC contests, McIntyre tallied 16.9 points per game, a squad-best 9.2 rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game, a team-best 1.7 blocks per game, and 0.8 steals per game in 29.7 minutes per game.

Along with being named all-conference, McIntyre becomes the second Rocket to be selected to the All-MAC Defensive Team. The three-year starter is currently swatting an impressive 1.6 shots (65th in NCAA) this season, the second-highest mark in the MAC.McIntyre has blocked at least three shots on six occasions in 2018-19, including a season-high five twice, most recently against Ohio Feb. 13.

McIntyre, who graduated in December with a degree in criminal justice, currently sits second in MAC history in career field-goal percentage (.612, 646 of 1,055), as well as ranks second in school annals in rejections (150), fifth in field-goals made (646), eighth in scoring (1,530 points) and total rebounds (788), and 10th in rebounding average (6.4 rebounds per game).

Boyd is contributing 9.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals in a team-high 32.1 minutes per contest in 2018-19. The two-time team captain currently sits tied for fifth in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio (1.8, 116-64), eighth in offensive boards (2.4 rebounds per game), tied for eighth in helpers, tied for 15th in overall rebounding, 17th in minutes played, and 18th in defensive caroms (3.6 rebounds per game).

One of the league’s most athletic players, the three-time All-MAC selection has scored in double figures on 12 occasions this year, including a season-high 25 points at archrival Bowling Green Jan. 19.

In MAC contests, Boyd tallied 9.5 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, 3.7 assists per game, and 1.0 steals per game in a team-best 33.6 minutes player per game.

Boyd currently sits ninth in UT annals in career steals (188), tied for 10th in games played (127), and 18th in scoring (1,178).

McIntyre, Boyd and the No. 6 seed Rockets (20-10) will return to action Wednesday, March 13, when they square off against No. 3 seed Miami (22-7) in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament. The opening tip is slated for approximately 7 p.m. in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and will be shown shown on ESPN+.

MAC Tournament tickets can be purchased online at the Toledo Rockets’ website, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653), or by visiting the ticket office in Savage Arena. Only tickets purchased through the University will be in the Rocket section of Quicken Loans Arena.

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