Rockets look to bounce back against NIUWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The UT women’s basketball team plays its final home game of the regular season this weekend when it takes on Northern Illinois on Feb. 25 at Savage Arena. The matchup begins at 4:30 p.m. and is part of a doubleheader with the men’s team, which takes the court at 7.
With two games remaining before the Mid-American Conference Tournament, a win against Northern Illinois (12-14, 6-8 MAC) would guarantee at least the No. 3 seed for Toledo (18-8, 11-3). The Rockets are guaranteed to finish with at least a top four seed, awarding them a minimum of two byes in the MAC Tournament.
Toledo will be looking to rebound from its worst performance of the season, setting a school record low in points with just 33 at Eastern Michigan. If the Rockets had won, combined with the Miami (OH) upset over Bowling Green, UT would have been in first place overall in the MAC.
Other than junior center Yolanda Richardson, who recorded 18 points, nine rebounds and six blocks against the Eagles, Toledo was completely ineffective against EMU. In fact, without Richardson’s performance, the team made just four baskets and shot 16 percent from the field, including 1 for 13 from the three-point line. Leading scorer Andola Dortch was held scoreless while senior guards Courtney Ingersoll and Haylie Linn each shot 1 for 6 and combined for five points.
The Rockets will look to get back on track as the team that had been on a 10-game winning streak just a week before. In their first matchup in DeKalb against the Huskies, UT edged out a victory 49-47.
The Huskies are led by Claire Jakubicek, who is averaging 11 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Jakubicek, however, has been held out the last two games with an injury and is still questionable to play this weekend.
The Rockets are 11-3 at home this season while NIU is 5-8 on the road. Toledo leads the all-time series 23-16 and has won the last three matchups in Savage Arena. The game will be the last at home for seniors Ingersoll and Linn.