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Toledo Loses to Atlantic 10 Power Dayton at Home, 87-75

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Dayton led wire-to-wire and claimed an 87-75 victory over Toledo on Sunday before 3,932 fans in Savage Arena. With the non-conference loss, UT falls to 5-5 on the season.


      Junior Inma Zanoguera led four Rockets in double figures with 20 points, a squad-best eight caroms and four helpers in a season-high 39 minutes. Zanoguera shot an efficient 7-of-12 from the field, including 1-of-2 from three-point range, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe to tally at least 20 points for a third time this season.


      Joining Zanoguera in double figures were senior Brianna Jones and sophomore Ana Capotosto with 12 points each and senior Janelle Reed-Lewis had 11.


      As a team, Toledo was limited to 39.4 percent (26-of-66) from the floor, including 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from beyond the arc, and 72.0 percent (18-of-25) from the free throw line to suffer its fourth home loss of the year. The Rockets' four home setbacks are tied for the most in a season under sixth-year head coach Tricia Cullop.


      UT also struggled taking care of the basketball for much of the afternoon and finished with a season-high 19 turnovers, which UD translated into 21 points. One of the main reasons for Toledo's high miscue total was senior Andola Dortch played only 18 minutes due to foul trouble. Dortch came into today's game leading the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (5.2), as well as ranking sixth in the Mid-American Conference in minutes played (32.1 mpg).


      Andrea Hoover paced Dayton (5-4) with a game-high 23 points, seven dimes and three thefts. Hoover knocked down a contest-best three treys and was a perfect 8-of-8 at the charity stripe to help the Flyers win their season-best third consecutive contest.


      UD also received 18 points by Kelley Austria and 15 points each from Ally Malott and Amber Deane to register its first triumph in the Glass City since Nov. 27, 2004.


      The Flyers hit the ground running and knocked down seven of their first nine shots from the floor to race out to a 15-8 lead at the 15:31 mark. Malott sparked the quick start with three layups.


      Toledo tightened up the defense as the first half wore on and held the high-powered Flyers to only two points over the next six-plus minutes, making the margin 17-14 at 8:53. UT forced UD into committing four turnovers and caused them to misfire on four straight field-goal attempts during this stretch. 


      The Rockets capitalized on this opportunity to get back into the game and received baskets from freshman Janice Monakana and freshman Elena de Alfredo and Zanoguera to make to a one-possession difference.


      Unfortunately for the Midnight Blue & Gold, they were not able to sustain that momentum, as UD's Hoover scored 10-straight points to give the visitors a double-digit cushion, 29-18, with 5:17 remaining in the opening stanza.


      Toledo would be unable to get closer than six points for the remainder of the half and allowed the Flyers to take a 36-25 cushion at the intermission.


      UD started the second half the same way as the first, taking advantage of a 16-5 burst to open up a 52-34 margin with 12:57 left in regulation. A total of five different Flyers tallied points in the run to create a game-high 18-point lead.


      The Rockets would not go quietly, though, and put together a 12-2 run to close within 56-48 at the 9:36 mark. The rally was fueled by a three-point play from freshman Sophie Reecher and a triple by Dortch.


      Following a basket by UD's Jodie Cornelie and one of two charity tosses from Malott, Toledo strung together a 9-3 rally to pull within 63-57 with 6:44 remaining, forcing the visitors into a timeout. Reed-Lewis began the run with a deep trey before Jones finished it off with back-to-back jumpers to make it a two-possession contest.


      Dayton benefitted greatly from the stoppage in play and sealed the road triumph with consecutive triples by Deane and Austria to push the margin back to double digits, 69-57, at 5:54. The closest the Rockets would get the rest of the way was eight points in the waning seconds.


      As a squad, UD connected on 46.0 percent (29-of-63) from the field, including an impressive 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from beyond the arc, and 78.6 percent (22-of-28) from the charity stripe to topple the 80-point barrier for the eighth time this season.


          The Rockets will now take some time off for the holidays before wrapping up their non-conference slate at Missouri Valley Conference member Evansville on Monday, Dec. 30. The opening tip against the Purple Aces is slated for 2:00 p.m. (CT) in the Ford Center.