Toledo scored seven of the game's final 10 points to register a 62-58 victory against Ohio on Saturday before a season-high 4,692 fans in Savage Arena. The triumph extends the Rockets' (12-11, 7-5 MAC) win streak to three games and they have now won the last 22 matchups against the Bobcats (8-15, 3-9 MAC) at home, dating back to Jan. 7, 1987.
With the score tied 55-55 and only 1:01 left in regulation, sophomore Ana Capotosto drained a triple to give the four-time reigning Mid-American Conference West Division champions a lead they would not relinquish.
Following an Ohio turnover, UT senior Andola Dortch drained a pair of free throws to make it a five-point difference, 60-55, with 27 seconds remaining.
The Bobcats would come up empty on their ensuing possession as well, as the visitors were whistled for another miscue. Ohio finished the cross-division matchup with 21 turnovers, which Toledo translated into 14 points.
UT's Dortch went back to the charity stripe and split two attempts to make it a two-possession game, 61-55, with 13 seconds left.
The Bobcats' did not go down without a fight, though, and received a three-point play from Hannah Boesinger with four seconds showing on the clock.
Toledo's Dortch responded by splitting two more free-throw attempts to put the last nail in the coffin and make the final score 62-58.
Junior Inma Zanoguera and Dortch paced four Rockets in double figures with 12 points each, followed by senior Janelle Reed-Lewis with 11 and freshman Janice Monakana had 10 off the bench. Zanoguera added a game-high 10 rebounds to post her team-tying best fifth double-double on the season.
UT also received nine points from Capotosto and eight from senior Brianna Jones to move above .500 overall for the first time since the middle of December.
Wearing white jerseys outlined in pink for their annual "Rockets for the Cure" game, the Midnight Blue & Gold shot 36.5 percent (19-of-52) from the field, including 30.0 percent (3-of-10) from beyond the arc, and 75.0 percent (21-of-28) from the free throw line.
Ohio's Mariah Byard led the visitors with a game-high 17 points off the bench, converting a contest-best five triples. Senior Lexi Baldwin also reached double digits with 15 points, a team-high nine caroms and three thefts.
The Rockets broke open a back-and-forth game at the outset with a 9-2 run to create an 18-12 lead at the 10:15 mark. Monakana sparked the burst with a triple and a layup to give the home team a two-possession lead.
The intrastate foes continued to trade points as the first half wore, before UT's Reed-Lewis drained a pair of free throws and a triple to extend the margin to 25-19 at 5:42.
Toledo's cushion remained at least three points for the remainder of the opening period, as the home squad built a 28-24 lead at the intermission.
To begin the second half, Ohio's Baldwin caught fire, scoring her team's first eight points to give the visitors their first lead, 32-30, with 16:11 left in regulation.
The Rockets quickly recaptured the advantage on the strength of back-to-back jumpers by Zanoguera over the next minute.
The cross-division rivals once again traded baskets before Ohio's Kiyanna Black buried consecutive three-point field goals to set the visitor's lead at 45-41 at 9:40 mark.
Toledo proved to be a resilient group, though, and retaliated with back-to-back field goals from Zanoguera and Capotosto to knot the score for an eighth time, 45-45, with 8:45 left in regulation.
The teams would exchange baskets on four more occasions down the stretch, setting the stage for Capotosto's huge trey with a little over one minute left to lift Toledo to the four-point home triumph.
The Rockets will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 19 when they travel to MAC West Division rival Eastern Michigan. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. in the Convocation Center.