Toledo hung tough with Mid-American Conference regular-season champion Central Michigan on Saturday, but the Rockets came up short and suffered a 72-67 loss before 4,837 fans in Savage Arena. With the loss, the Rockets wrap up the regular season with a 17-13 overall record, 8-10 in the Mid-American Conference.
UT will now be the No. 7 seed in next week's MAC Tournament and host No. 10 seed Kent State (12-18, 5-13 MAC) in the first round on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Savage Arena. The opening-round contest between UT and KSU will be streamed on ESPN3.
Junior Kaayla McIntyre paced a season-tying best four Rockets in double figures with 15 points, followed by junior Mikaela Boyd and senior Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott with 12 each and sophomore Mariella Santucci had 10, respectively.
McIntyre just missed posting her eight double-double of the season, pulling down a squad-best nine caroms. The Toledo native also finished with a team-tying best five assists and two thefts. McIntrye has scored in double figures in all but two games this year.
As a team, UT shot 40.6 percent (28-of-69) from the floor, including 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from three-point land, and 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from free throw line.
The Rockets also did a good job taking care of the basketball, registering 22 assists and only 12 miscues. Toledo has totaled more helpers than turnovers in each of the last five games.
MAC Player of the Year candidate Tinara Moore led Central Michigan (25-4, 17-1 MAC) with a game-high 18 points and a contest-best 12 boards. Presley Hudson (14 pts.), Reyna Frost (13 pts.) and Micaela Kelly (11 pts.) also scored in double figures for the visitors, as they extended their winning streak to five-straight games.
Moore took over the game in the second half and tallied all but two of her points to help the Chippewas erase an eight-point deficit, 43-35, at the intermission.
Despite Moore's strong second half, the Rockets kept the game close and had their chances late, but the Midnight Blue & Gold was unable to convert and dropped their third-straight contest.