Toledo Women's Basketball Dismantles Tiffin in Exhibition Contest, 75-41

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Toledo closed out the 2018 calendar year with an impressive 75-41 victory against Tiffin in Sunday's exhibition contest in Savage Arena.

Senior Kaayla McIntyre paced a balanced UT attack with 14 points, a game-high 11 boards and a contest-best four rejections.

Sophomore Tanaya Beacham and classmate Tatyana Davis added nine points each off the bench, followed closely by senior Mikaela Boyd and sophomore Nakiah Black with seven and senior Sarah St-Fort and sophomore Mariah Copeland chipped in with six to help the Rockets run away from the NCAA Division II member Dragons.

In total, 12 of the 14 Rockets found the scoring column in today's exhibition match-up.

As a team, Toledo shot 44.8 percent (30-of-67) from the field and 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the charity stripe.

The Rockets finished with a commanding 52-26 edge in points in the paint, a 14-0 advantage in second-chance points and a whopping 39-13 edge in bench points.

The Midnight Blue & Gold also held a decisive 54-25 rebounding advantage, sparked by four players with at least seven.

Mary Redmond led Tiffin with eight points, while Aarion Nichols had seven points and a team-high 11 caroms.

The Dragons were limited to 31.5 percent (17-of-54) from the floor, including 25.0 percent (3-of-12) from beyond the arc.

Playing its first game in nine days, UT shook off a little rust at the outset and held a 17-15 lead after the opening 10 minutes. Toledo knocked down 5-of-8 free throws in the quarter, while Tiffin was 1-of-1. Three different Rockets converted charity tosses in the period, including a team-high three from Beacham.

The score remained close for the first four-plus minutes of the second quarter, before Toledo imposed its will and closed the half on a pivotal 17-6 run to take a 36-23 lead into the intermission. Highlighting UT's game-changing burst were triples from Copeland and Davis, as well as a traditional three-point play by McIntyre, to make it a 13-point difference at the break.

Toledo outscored Tiffin 19-8 in the stanza, sparked by five points each from McIntyre and Davis, to provide the home team with a double-digit lead it would not give up.

UT continued to apply immense pressure to Tiffin after the break and more than doubled up the visitors, 22-9, to extend its margin to 58-32 after 30 minutes of competition. Eight different players found the bottom of the net in the quarter, including four points each from McIntyre, Davis and Beacham to make it a 26-point advantage.

The Rockets connected on a game-high 52.4 percent (11-of-24) from the field in the period to put the game out of reach.

Toledo emptied its bench in the final quarter and did not skip a beat, putting the finishing touches on an impressive 34-point exhibition triumph.

UT knocked down 7-of-14 shots in the fourth period to make the final score 75-41.

The Rockets will tip off their 38th season of Mid-American Conference play against West Division rival Ball State (4-7) on Saturday, Jan. 5 at home. The opening tip is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN3.

UT is 22-15 (.595) all-time in MAC openers, including an 11-5 (.688) ledger when beginning league action at home.