Sophomore Nakiah Black scored a season-high 24 points to lead Toledo to a 76-56 win over arch-rival Bowling Green on Saturday before 4,757 fans in Savage Arena. With the dominating performance, the Rockets improve to 13-6 overall, 5-3 in the Mid-American Conference.
Black, who nailed a season-best 6-of-8 from three-point range, scored 11 points in the pivotal second quarter, as Toledo outscored the Falcons 23-5 to take a commanding 39-18 lead into halftime. The Rockets extinguished any hope for a BGSU comeback by opening the third stanza on a 15-5 run, giving them a 54-23 lead with 5:50 to play in the period. Toledo cruised the rest of the way, leading by as many as 35 points before eventually settling on an impressive 20-point home triumph.
Black's six treys is tied for ninth-most in school history in a single game.
The Midnight Blue & Gold also benefited from 13 points and a game-high 13 boards by senior Kaayla McIntyre and a season-best 10 points from sophomore Tatyana Davis to secure its seventh-consecutive victory against the Falcons (7-12, 0-8 MAC).
As a team, Toledo shot a sizzling 52.7 percent (29-for-55) from the floor, including a season-high 54.2 (13-for-24) from three-point range, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.
The Rockets also outrebounded the Falcons, 39-26, led by McIntyre's fourth game with at least 10 caroms this year and finished with a MAC season-high 25 assists. Three different players dished out at least five helpers in today's MAC cross-division match-up, including a game-high six from senior Mikaela Boyd.
Sydney Lambert paced BGSU with 10 points. She was the only Falcon in double figures, as the visitors were limited to 40.0 percent (24-of-60) from the field, including a frigid 1-for-11 in the decisive second quarter to suffer their eighth-straight setback.
• After trading baskets for the first couple of minutes, the Rockets went on a 10-5 run to take a 16-13 lead at the conclusion of the period.
• Black had eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and 2-of-3 from long range in the quarter to give the home team a lead they would relinquish.
• The Rockets started the pivotal second quarter with a 9-0 bust, highlighted by another Black three-pointer to force a Falcons' timeout. After the stoppage in play, the Rockets scored two more buckets to extend the lead to 25-13 with under five minutes to play.
• Moments later, Black drilled her fifth trey in the opening half to extend the Rockets' lead to 31-14.
• Black single handedly outscored BGSU in the opening 20 minutes, 19-18, knocking down 6-of-9 shots from the floor, to help Toledo carry a 39-18 advantage into the intermission. The Rockets outscored the Falcons 23-5 in the quarter to seize take control of today's MAC cross-division contest.
• Toledo did not take its foot off the accelerator to commence the third period, opening with a 15-5 run to extend its cushion to 54-23. Black had five points and two dimes during this stretch of play to bring the home fans to their feet.
• UT was still not done attacking and grabbed its largest lead of the game following a Davis basket, raising the score to 61-27. The Rockets ended the quarter with a 63-31 advantage.
• With Toledo's starters on the bench for the final 10 minutes, Bowling Green concluded today's contest with a 16-6 run to make the final score, 76-56.
• The Rockets will tangle with reigning MAC East Division champion Buffalo (14-5, 6-2 MAC) on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The opening tip against the Bulls is slated for 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Arena and will be shown on ESPN+.
• UT and UB will meet for the only time this year and 29th time overall. Toledo leads the all-time series, 22-6, and has won four of the last six meetings against its cross-division foe. UT also holds an 8-5 edge in games played in Alumni Arena.
• A year ago, the Bulls swept the regular-season series, claiming an 87-69 home victory (Jan. 20) and an 84-73 road triumph (Feb. 3) to stop UT's four-game winning streak in the series.