Toledo Women's Basketball Entertains MAC West Division Foe Western Michigan on Wednesday

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TOLEDO - Toledo (16-9, 8-6 MAC) will look to establish some positive momentum heading into March Madness when it takes on Mid-American Conference West Division rival Western Michigan (9-16, 3-11 MAC) on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at home. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. in Savage Arena and can be shown on ESPN+.

UT is currently in a three-way tie for fifth place with Kent State (15-10, 8-6 MAC) and Northern Illinois (16-10, 8-6 MAC) in the overall MAC standings with only four regular-season contests remaining.

Unfortunately for the Rockets, they do not own the tiebreaker against either the Golden Flashes or the Huskies, as they dropped a 58-47 home decision vs. KSU on Jan. 12 and suffered a 54-52 road setback at NIU on Feb. 16.

If the MAC Tournament started before tomorrow's divisional match-up, Toledo would be the No. 7 seed and host No. 10 seed WMU in a first-round contest on Monday, March 11.

The Rockets are coming off a heart-pounding 63-62 road victory at Ball State (7-19, 2-12 MAC) on Saturday.

Senior Mikaela Boyd's offensive putback with 4.8 seconds left in regulation helped the Midnight Blue & Gold pull out the thrilling one-point road triumph against BSU.

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.

McIntyre paced Toledo 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 as UT swept the regular-season series against BSU.

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.

UT, which sports a 9-3 home record, continues to be fueled offensively by the quartet of McIntyre, Black, Boyd and Santucci, who are averaging 16.1, 10.8, 9.6 and 9.5 ppg, respectively.

Toledo will face a Western Michigan team that snapped a seven-game losing skid with a 71-68 home victory against Eastern Michigan (12-13, 5-9 MAC) on Saturday. Leighah-Amori Wool led three Broncos in double figures with a career-tying best 21 points and six assists while playing all 40 minutes.

WMU, which is 5-7 away from home, features four players scoring at least 9.0 ppg led by Deja Wimby and Wool's 13.2 and 11.4 ppg, respectively.

UT and WMU will meet for the second time this year and 80th time overall. The Rockets secured an 80-57 road triumph 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. The Rockets are outscoring the Broncos by 10.2 ppg (73.8-63.8) during the unbeaten stretch.

UT also holds a 29-8 advantage in games played in Savage Arena.

A year ago, Toledo claimed a 69-68 overtime home triumph against 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 Savage Arena with a 60-59 road triumph.

Tomorrow's divisional match-up will feature two of the league's premiere perimeter defenses. Toledo is currently second in the conference in three-point field-goal percentage defense (.283, 68-of-240) and three-point field-goals allowed (4.9), while Western Michigan is third (.304, 86-of-283) (6.1) in both of the same categories, respectively.

Following tomorrow's contest, the Rockets will host Northern Illinois (16-10, 8-6 MAC) on Saturday, March 2. The opening tip against the Huskies is slated for 2:00 p.m. in Savage Arena and will be streamed on ESPN3.

Prior to Saturday's home finale, UT's four seniors - Mikaela Boyd, Kaayla McIntyre, Sarah St-Fort and Mae Tshitenge - will be honored as part of the pre-game festivities.