Toledo dominated Kent State in all phases of Sunday's matchup and secured an impressive 83-56 victory in the M.A.C. Center. With the convincing road win, the Rockets improve to 11-11 overall, 6-5 in the Mid-American Conference.
UT shot 47.3 percent (26-of-55) from the field, including a season-high 50.0 percent (8-of-16) from three-point land, and a sparkling 85.2 percent (23-of-27) from the charity stripe to record its fifth-straight triumph against the Golden Flashes (4-18, 1-10 MAC).
The Rockets utilized a balanced attack in posting the 28-point triumph, led by senior Janelle Reed-Lewis and freshman Elena de Alfredo with 16 and a career-high 15 points, respectively. Sophomore Ana Capotosto also chipped in 11 points, while senior Andola Dortch and senior Brianna Jones had 10 each.
In addition to UT's five double-digit scorers, the four-time reigning MAC West Division champions received nine points from junior Inma Zanoguera, seven from freshman Janice Monakana and five from freshman Sophie Reecher to top the 80-point barrier for the fourth time this season.
Toledo also posted a decisive 40-26 advantage on the boards, paced by Capotosto with eight. Zanoguera was a close second with seven caroms despite playing only 21 minutes due to early foul trouble. UT also received a career-tying best six boards from Reed-Lewis and five each from Jones and Monakana.
Another telling stat in today's cross-division matchup was Toledo's ability to take care of the ball. The visitors dished out 18 assists, while committing a season-low eight turnovers. Dortch and Reed-Lewis spearheaded the offensive onslaught with seven and five helpers, respectively.
CiCi Shannon paced KSU with a game-high 19 points, while Ashley Evans had 16 and Amber Dunlap contributed 12 off the bench.
The Rockets started fast and took advantage of four points each from Dortch and Jones to assume a 15-9 lead at the 12:38 mark.
Moments later, Reecher and Jones tallied back-to-back baskets to extend the margin to 19-14, forcing KSU into a timeout at 10:11.
Toledo remained red-hot shooting the leather, utilizing a trio of triples from Capotosto to make the difference 30-18 with 6:32 left in the opening period.
The Midnight Blue & Gold did not take its foot off the accelerator in the closing moments of the first stanza, benefiting from two triples by de Alfredo to build a 44-25 lead at the intermission.
UT continued to pour it on to begin the second half, receiving points from five players to increase the margin to 58-34 at 12:27.
Toledo then put it in cruise control and did not let the lead dip below 23 points for the remainder of regulation, settling for the impressive 28-point victory.
The Rockets will return to the hardwood on Saturday, Feb. 15 when they close out their six-game stretch against MAC East Division opponents versus Ohio. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. in Savage Arena.
UT will hold its sixth-annual "Rockets For the Cure" day in conjunction with the showdown against the Bobcats. The contest will help benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Northwest Ohio. The team encourages everyone in attendance to wear pink in support of cancer research.