Toledo pounded out a hard-fought 71-65 victory over Big East member Seton Hall Thursday night in the first round of the 2019 Postseason WNIT in Savage Arena.
With the win, Head Coach Tricia Cullop became the school’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach passing Mark Ehlen (240-149, 1995-2008) with 241 victories patroling the Toledo sidelines.The Rockets (21-11) advance to the second round for a matchup vs. Big Ten member Northwestern (17-14) Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena. For ticket information, go to the Toledo Rockets’ website.
Senior Kaayla McIntyre paced four Rockets in double figures with 16 points, followed by senior Mikaela Boyd and sophomore Nakiah Black with 15 and 14, respectively. Junior Sara Rokkanen rounded out Toledo’s double-digit scorers with 10 points off the bench.
Toledo also benefited from seven points and a game-high seven assists from junior Mariella Santucci to win its first-round game in the Postseason WNIT for the seventh-straight time.
As a team, the Rockets shot a respectable 47.5 percent (28 of 59) from the field, including 30.0 percent (6 of 20) from three-point range, and 75.0 percent (9 of 12) from the charity stripe.
UT also held a 32-28 edge on the glass and finished with 21 assists on 28 field goals, marking the eighth time it has posted at least 20 helpers.
Selena Philoxy led the Pirates (15-16) with a game-high 19 points, while Nicole Jimenez and Victoria Cardaci had 15 and 14, respectively.
Seton Hall was without the services of its leading scorer Shadeen Samuel, who did not dress for the game due to illness. The 2018-19 first-team All-Big East honoree came into the post-season game averaging 18.3 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists per game, 0.8 blocks per game, and 1.5 steals per game and 32.3 minutes per game.