Ingersoll, Dortch lead Rockets in rout over WMUWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rockets cruised past Western Michigan on Feb. 18 in a 76-50 victory at Savage Arena, avenging one of their two league losses from earlier this season.
Toledo (18-7, 11-2 Mid-American Conference) has won 10 straight games on the season, the sixth-longest streak in school history. The victory also clinched a top-four finish in the conference and a bye in the first two rounds of the MAC Tournament.
Senior guard Courtney Ingersoll led the charge with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and had a game-high five assists. Sophomore point guard Andola Dortch (4 of 9) scored 17 points and junior Lecretia Smith (3 of 3) had 12.
The Rockets did most of their damage without much of an impact from Yolanda Richardson. The junior center made just one field goal on six shots but grabbed a team-high five boards in just 15 minutes of action.
After losing to Western Michigan by three points in January, Toledo buried the Broncos early, jumping out to a 14-2 lead and cruising to a massive 47-19 halftime advantage. WMU outscored the Rockets in the second half, but it wasn’t nearly enough to recover.
The victory, combined with a win by Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, sets up a crucial battle for first place in the MAC West between Toledo and the Eagles on Feb. 21 in Ypsilanti. With three league games remaining, the matchup could decide which team will get the league’s No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament, which would mean another bye, putting that squad directly into the semifinals.