The Rockets (3-3) will host the second-annual Toledo Invite this weekend in Savage Arena. UT will face Horizon League member Detroit (2-6) in the opening round on Friday, Dec. 6 at approximately 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 7, Toledo will take on fellow Horizon League participant Valparaiso (0-7) at approximately 4:30 p.m.
The Midnight Blue & Gold has accumulated a 50-45 (.526) all-time ledger in tournament action, including an impressive 16-3 (.842) mark under sixth-year head coach Tricia Cullop.
Last weekend, UT split a pair of contests at the SMC Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic, claiming a 59-58 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Nov. 29, followed by an 81-57 setback against host Saint Mary's (CA) on Saturday, Dec. 30.
Junior Inma Zanoguera averaged 13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg and 1.5 spg in 37.5 mpg in the two contests over the weekend to garner all-tourney recognition for a second time this season.
UT, which is 1-2 at home this season, features a balanced attack with Zanoguera, senior Andola Dortch and senior Brianna Jones averaging 15.7, 10.0 and 10.0 ppg, respectively.
The Titans enter Friday's contest on the heels of splitting two games at the FAU Thanksgiving Classic last weekend in Boca Raton, FL. Detroit lost to Rhode Island in the opener, 70-59, and defeated Georgia Southern in the consolation round, 82-79.
Detroit features an attack with three players averaging at least 11.5 points per game led by Senee Shearer's 19.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.5 apg.
UT and UDM will meet for the 26th time overall and first time during the regular season since 2007. Toledo has won the last three matchups and leads the all-time series, 16-8.
The Rockets and Titans most recently squared off on March 16, 2012 in the opening round of the Postseason WNIT, with the Midnight Blue & Gold notching a 59-49 victory at home.
Valparaiso, which plays Chicago State at 4:30 p.m. in Friday's other first-round matchup before taking on the Rockets on Saturday, begins the weekend in search of its first victory of the season.
The Crusaders most recently dropped a pair of contests at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic last weekend in Miami. Valpo lost to the host Panthers in the opening game, 65-47, and fell short against Montana State in overtime in the consolation round, 96-85.
Valpo possesses an offense with three players averaging at least 10.0 points per game paced by Charae Richardson's 11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.9 apg and 1.3 spg.
The Rockets and Crusaders will square off for the first time.
Following this weekend's tournament, Toledo will travel to "The Empire State" to take on St. Bonaventure on Sunday, Dec. 15 in the Reilly Center. The opening tip against the Atlantic 10 member Bonnies is slated for 1:00 p.m.