Toledo loses final non-conference gameWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rockets ended the non-conference schedule Dec. 31 with a 69-60 loss at home to Marquette.
Senior guard Courtney Ingersoll led Toledo (7-5) with a game-high 19 points as she made 5-of-6 three-pointers with four rebounds and two assists. Junior center Yolanda Richardson had a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds as UT held a 39-32 edge in rebounds. Richardson also had two blocks, two steals and two assists.
Marquette (9-5) had four players score in double figures and converted 19 UT turnovers into 24 points. Toledo held Marquette to 24 points on 10-of-32 shooting in the first half but allowed 45 points on 16-of-26 shooting in the second half.
Marquette opened the game on an 8-2 run with two baskets each from guard Gabi Minix and forward Katherine Plouffe.
The Rockets answered back with a 7-0 run capped with a layup from sophomore center Brianna Jones to take a 14-13 lead with 10:40 remaining. Sophomore guard Andola Dortch hit a jumper with 35 seconds remaining to keep a one-point lead at 25-24 heading into halftime.
Ingersoll hit one of her five triples to cap another 7-0 run for a 40-33 lead 6:56 into the second half. Marquette took control of the game from there with a 23-4 run to take a 58-46 lead with 6:08 remaining.
Ingersoll broke the run with a three-pointer, but Toledo couldn’t get any closer than eight points for the rest of the game.
The Rockets open the Mid-American Conference season Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at Western Michigan (3-9).