Ingersoll leads UT past ZipsWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo extended its season-high winning streak to six games this year after a 71-60 victory over Akron on Feb. 1 in Savage Arena.
Senior guard Courtney Ingersoll paced the Rockets (14-7, 7-2 Mid-American Conference) with a career-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting. She also recorded a team-high six rebounds with three assists and two steals as UT kept pace with Eastern Michigan (15-7, 7-2 MAC) atop the MAC West Division.
“Courtney Ingersoll was the hero of the day,” UT head coach Tricia Cullop said. “She came out and played with a lot of energy, enthusiasm and passion and took the opportunities that were given to her. She didn’t force anything tonight and it was indicative of a senior who didn’t want to lose the game.”
Ingersoll, who entered the game sixth in the country in three-point shooting, made 5-of-8 shots from behind the arc, raising her percentage from 44.2 to 45.3 percent. Many of her attempts came on open shots as Cullop felt Akron (9-14, 3-6) may have been prioritizing defending center Yolanda Richardson under the basket.
“It was surprising how many open shots I did have but when you have post players like Yolanda [Richardson], Crunch [Brianna Jones] and Kyle [Baumgartner] inside, they are going to have to double down on them,” Ingersoll said. “Teams in this league will have to put more pressure on them and a lot of times you are seeing open looks for me and Haylie [Linn] and we just have to knock them down.”
“They gambled with the percentage that she had been shooting because they knew they had to double Yolanda and that left a guard open on the weak side,” Cullop said. “If we were able to move the ball around we could find an open shot. Other times they lost her and she was able to put it on the floor and get a pull-up jump shot. I was very proud of the poise she played with tonight.”
Richardson (4 of 6) and Jones (5 of 6) each scored in double-figures with 10 points. Linn (2 of 8) scored seven points and added a team-high six rebounds and five assists.
Toledo sophomore point guard Andola Dortch, who leads the team in points (13.4) and assists (4.52), had an off-game, scoring seven points (2 of 8) with three assists and six turnovers.
Sina King paced Akron, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds.
The Rockets shot nearly 51 percent from the field (28 of 55) and stretched their winning streak over MAC East Division teams to 11, dating back to UT’s 2009 MAC Championship game against Bowling Green.
UT led from start to finish and grabbed a quick 9-5 lead after a pair of threes from Ingersoll. Akron kept the game close and narrowed the lead to three with 4:24 left in the half at 26-23, but the Rockets scored nine unanswered going into halftime to lead 35-23 at the break.
The Rockets remained ahead by double-figures in most of the second half until Akron narrowed the lead to five at 62-57 with 3:39 remaining. Toledo responded with seven unanswered points and cruised to a 71-60 lead.
In an attempt to stretch their win streak to seven games, the Rockets travel to Kent on Feb. 4 to take on Kent State (5-14, 4-5) at noon.