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Toledo Torches Kent State in MAC Cross Division Finale, 82-45

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Toledo posted a convincing 82-45 victory over Kent State on Saturday afternoon in Savage Arena. The Mid-American Conference cross-division finale was played before a boisterous 5,712 fans, the fourth-largest crowd in school history.

The Rockets' (22-2, 10-1) victory was their 10th in a row, tied for the seventh-longest unbeaten stretch in school history.

Sophomore Inma Zanoguera and redshirt freshman Ana Capotosto paced a balanced UT attack with 10 points each. Junior Janelle Reed-Lewis and sophomore Stephanie Recker added nine points each, senior Yolanda Richardson and junior Brianna Jones had eight each and junior Andola Dortch contributed seven. Capotosto's and Recker's point totals were career highs. In total, all 12 players that dressed scored in the season-best 37-point victory.  

Recker made her first career start in place of senior Lecretia Smith, who was at her grandfather's funeral in Indiana and missed the game. Recker also finished with four boards and a collegiate-best three assists in a season-high 17 minutes.

Dortch also tallied a game-high seven helpers with senior Naama Shafir and McCormick collecting five dimes each.

The Rockets shot a season-high 54.1 percent (33-of-61) from the field, including 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from three-point land, and 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the charity stripe to claim their 19th-consecutive victory against a MAC East Division opponent. UT also dominated the glass with a 39-25 advantage and registered a season-high 27 assists.

Wearing pink jerseys for their annual "Rockets for the Cure" game, the Midnight Blue & Gold dominated the contest from the outset, scoring 28 of the game's first 30 points in the opening nine minutes. The Rockets then put away the Golden Flashes with a mini 15-8 spurt to end the first period with a 45-19 advantage.

KSU (3-21, 1-10 MAC) was led by Tamzin Barroilhet's 10 points. The visitors never made a serious run in the second half, only managing to cut the margin to 31 points late in the game.

Following the cross-division matchup, UT auctioned off its pink game jerseys to fans for the Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio. Between the auction, raffles and t-shirt sales, UT hoped to raise at least $20,000 for breast cancer research and support. A year ago, the Rockets raised a record $18,010 for the cause.

The Rockets will return to hardwood on Wednesday, Feb. 20 when they entertain MAC West Division rival Northern Illinois at 11:00 a.m. in Savage Arena. UT will host the second-annual Rocket Women's Basketball Educational Day in conjunction with the game against the Huskies.