Senior Mikaela Boyd's offensive putback with 4.8 seconds left lifted Toledo to a 63-62 win
at Ball State on Saturday.
MUNCIE, Ind. - Senior Mikaela Boyd's offensive putback with 4.8 seconds left lifted Toledo to a heart-pounding 63-62 victory at Ball State on Saturday in Worthen Arena. With the last-second win, the Rockets improve to 16-9 overall, 8-6 in the Mid-American Conference.
Boyd pulled down a missed shot from classmate Kaayla McIntyre with less than five seconds left in regulation and converted a layup to send the UT bench into a frenzy.
The Cardinals had a chance to win in the final seconds, and for a moment it looked like they may have as Nakeya Penny drilled a three-point shot as the final horn sounded. The play was reviewed by the officials and it was decided that Penny did not get the shot off before the buzzer went off and did not count.
"This was a hard-fought team win," Toledo Head Coach Tricia Cullop said. "I thought we defended well today and persevered through some foul problems. In the end, Boyd came up with a huge offensive rebound and score like she has done so many times in her career."
McIntyre paced UT with 16 points, followed by sophomore Nakiah Black and junior Mariella Santucci with 14 and 11, respectively.
Boyd added eight points and junior Sara Rokkanen and sophomore Tatyana Davis had six each to help the Midnight Blue & Gold sweep the regular-season series against the Cardinals (7-19, 2-12 MAC).
As a team, the Rockets shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the field, including 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from three-point range, and an impressive 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the charity stripe.
Oshlynn Brown led BSU with a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Thelma Dis Agustsdottir had 17 points.
• BSU's Brown registered eight early points to give the home team a 19-12 lead after the opening 10 minutes. Brown did all of her damage close to the basket, helping the Cardinals score 14 of their 19 points in the paint.
• The Rockets knocked down three-consecutive triples midway through the period, including a pair by Rokkanen, to put them ahead 26-22 at the 3:09 mark. Black also dialed long distance and converted a layup as part of UT's 11-0 run to give the visitors their first lead since the opening basket.
• Ball State quickly countered though, receiving four points each from Brown and Dis Agustsdottir to shift the lead back in its favor 30-28 at the half.
• Black scored all seven of her first-half points in the second quarter to lead Toledo, while Brown paced BSU with a game-high 12.
• Toledo began the second half with an 8-2 burst to create a 36-32 advantage at the 6:55 mark. Four different Rockets tallied points in the opening spurt, including back-to-back layups from McIntyre.
• Just like the previous period though, the Cardinals retaliated on the strength of seven points from Dis Agustsdottir to claim a slim 44-43 advantage heading into the fourth stanza.
• The teams traded baskets for the first three-plus minutes of the quarter, before UT strung together a quick 5-0 burst to assume a 55-50 lead. Santucci knocked down her second trey, followed by a layup from Boyd to force the Cardinals to call a timeout.
• Toledo's advantage quickly evaporated thanks to back-to-back triples from Katie Helgason and Jasmin Samz with only 3:22 left in regulation.
• Following a Boyd layup at the 3:00 mark, BSU's Penny converted a basket with 28 seconds remaining to set the stage for Boyd's last-second heroics.
• The Rockets will host division rival Western Michigan (9-16, 3-11 MAC) on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The opening tip against the Broncos is slated for 7:00 p.m. in Savage Arena and will be shown on ESPN+.
• UT and WMU will square off for the second time this year and 80th time overall. The Rockets registered an 80-57 road win against the Broncos on Jan. 16 in University Arena.
• Toledo leads the all-time series, 58-21, and has won the last 10 contests against its division rival. UT also holds a 29-8 advantage in games played in Savage Arena.
• A year ago, the Rockets claimed a 69-68 overtime home triumph over the Broncos before a season-high 5,024 fans in Savage Arena (Feb. 17).
• Western Michigan's last victory against Toledo occurred on Feb. 23, 2014 when it escaped Lucas County with a 60-59 road victory.