Toledo overcame a 17-point halftime deficit and secured a thrilling 64-62 victory at Ohio on Sunday in Mid-American Conference in the Convocation Center. With the win, the Rockets improve to 9-9 overall, 4-3 in the league.
UT outscored the Bobcats 45-26 in the second half after trailing 36-19 at the intermission to post a seventh-straight triumph against its cross-division foe.
All five Toledo starters scored in double figures, led with senior Andola Dortch with 17 points, a game-high nine assists, five rebounds and two steals while playing all 40 minutes. Dortch is now tallying a team-high 17.0 ppg over the last three contests.
Junior Inma Zanoguera chipped in 13 points, while senior Brianna Jones, senior Janelle Reed-Lewis and sophomore Ana Capotosto contributed 10 points each.
The trio of Dortch, Zanoguera and Capotosto triggered the huge double-digit comeback by tallying 12, 11 and eight points in the final 20 minutes, respectively.
The Rockets shot a sensational 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the field in the second half, including 40.0 percent (4-of-10) from beyond the arc, to post their largest come-from-behind victory since they trailed at Buffalo by 15 points, 49-34, at the break on Jan. 28, 2012.
Kiyanna Black paced the Bobcats (8-10, 3-4 MAC) with a game-high 18 points, while Hannah Boesinger and Quiera Lampkins had 10 points each.
Ohio looked to be in control of today's cross-division matchup when Lexie Baldwin hit a pair of free throws to make the score 41-20 at the 17:37 mark in the second half.
Toledo then started to find its groove offensively and took advantage of a 13-2 run to trim the deficit to 43-33 with 14:17 left in regulation. Zanoguera sparked the burst with seven points, while Dortch accounted for a pair of layups to force Ohio into a timeout.
UT continued to chip away and benefited from an 8-0 rally to close within 45-41, prompting Ohio into another timeout at 9:15. Four different Rockets converted field goals during this time to make it a two-possession game.
Unfortunately for the Midnight Blue & Gold, the home team responded with back-to-back triples from Black to once again build a double-digit cushion, 51-41, at the 7:51 mark.
Toledo would not go quietly and received a pair of three-point field goals from Reed-Lewis and one from Capotosto to make it a 56-54 contest with 3:34 remaining on the clock.
Following an Ohio turnover, the Rockets' Dortch sank a pair of charity tosses and Zanoguera followed with a layup to give the visitors their first lead, 58-56, since the opening four-plus minutes of the first half.
After the Bobcats tied the score for a third time, Capotosto put Toledo on top for good, 62-59, with her second triple of the afternoon and only 42 second remaining.
The Saugatuck, MI native and Dortch then finished off the come-from-behind victory with the teams' final three points at the charity stripe.
In the first half, the Bobcats sprinted out to a 13-7 lead, forcing UT into a timeout at the 11:57 mark. Four different Ohio players tallied field goals in the burst to give the home team a two-possession cushion.
UT's Dortch momentarily stopped the run with a short jumper, before Ohio's Boesinger retaliated with five straight points to push the margin to 20-9, prompting the Midnight Blue & Gold to take another timeout at 7:47.
The Bobcats were simply on-fire shooting the ball in the opening stanza and ended the half with an 8-0 run to create a 17-point lead. Baldwin and Black sparked the late burst with back-to-back treys and helped the home team shot a sizzling 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
The Rockets will look to run their win streak to a season-high three straight games when they host MAC East Division preseason favorite Akron on Thursday, Jan. 30. The opening tip is slated for 7:00 p.m. in Savage Arena.