Toledo (2-2) will continue its season-long five-game road swing on Monday, Nov. 26 when it travels to Horizon League member Valparaiso (1-4) in the Athletics-Recreation Center. The opening tip against the Crusaders is slated for 7:00 p.m. (CT) and will be shown on ESPN+.
UT is coming off a 70-49 setback at Atlantic 10 power Dayton on Wednesday in UD Arena.
Junior Sara Rokkanen paced Toledo with 11 points, followed closely by senior Kaayla McIntyre and senior Mikaela Boyd with 10 and nine points, respectively. Boyd just missed posting her first double-double of the year, finishing with a season-high 11 boards.
The Rockets had difficulty finding their offensive rhythm against the Flyers, shooting 28.6 percent (16-of-56) from the floor, including 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from three-point range.
Lauren Cannatelli and Jayla Scaife did a bulk of the damage for Dayton (2-2), pouring in a game-high 18 points each. The duo was lights out shooting the ball from beyond the arc, hitting eight of their squad's 10 three-point field goals.
As a team, Dayton knocked down 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from three-point land and 44.2 percent (23-of-52) from the field to bounce back from consecutive losses.
Through the first four games this season, McIntyre is averaging a team-high 15.5 ppg, while junior Mariella Santucci, sophomore Tanaya Beacham, Boyd and Rokkanen are tallying 8.8, 7.8, 7.5 and 7.5 ppg, respectively.
Toledo will face a Valparaiso squad that is coming off its first win this season, capturing a 78-76 triumph vs. St. Francis Brooklyn in the consolation round of the Vinewood Farm Classic hosted by Morehead State. Shay Frederick led the Crusaders with a career-high 19 points, followed by Meredith Hamlet with 18.
Valpo features an offense with four players scoring in double figures, paced by Hamlet's 12.8 ppg. The Crusaders, who are coached by former Ohio assistant Mary Evans, are 0-1 at home this season.
Toledo and Valparaiso will meet for the second time on the hardwood. The Rockets dropped a 63-61 decision against the Crusaders in the championship game of the 2013 Toledo Invite in Savage Arena (Dec. 7).
UT is 67-44 (.604) all-time against Horizon League schools (17-9 vs. Cleveland State; 19-9 vs. Detroit Mercy; 1-3 vs. Green Bay; 3-2 vs Milwaukee; 3-7 vs. Oakland; 7-1 vs. UIC; 0-1 vs. Valparaiso; 7-3 vs. Wright State; 10-9 vs. Youngstown State), including 19-8 (.704) under head coach Tricia Cullop.
The Rockets are in the midst of a nine-game winning streak against Horizon League teams dating back to the 2014-15 campaign. The last Horizon League squad to defeat UT is Detroit Mercy, 83-72, in the second round of the 2014 Glass City Classic in Savage Arena (Dec. 14).
Following tomorrow's match-up at Valparaiso, Toledo will venture to Ohio Valley Conference power Belmont (4-1) on Thursday, Nov. 29. The opening tip vs. the Bruins is scheduled for 11:00 p.m. (CT) in the Curb Events Center and will be shown on ESPN+.
UT and BU will square off for the first time.