Rockets top NIU on Senior DayWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
After being held to just 33 points in its last outing against Eastern Michigan, the lowest total in school history, Toledo got back on track on Senior Day with a 49-39 victory over Northern Illinois on Feb. 25 at Savage Arena.
“I’m very happy we got the win today for our seniors,” UT head coach Tricia Cullop said. “[Courtney Ingersoll and Haylie Linn] are two extremely classy individuals on and off the court and you want to send them off on a good note in their last game in their home arena.
“Northern is a dangerous team. To get this win is good for us and now we need to focus our energy on Ball State. That won’t be an easy game to play next week.”
With the victory, the Rockets (19-8, 12-3 Mid-American Conference) have guaranteed at least the third overall seed in the MAC Tournament, giving the team at least two byes. Toledo also has an outside shot at earning the No. 2 seed and the three byes it brings if it wins out and is helped with a loss from top-seed Bowling Green.
“I’m extremely proud of them,” Cullop said. “I know there are a lot of people who would have counted us out. It just talks to the resiliency of our team.”
Senior guard Linn led the Rockets’ offense on possibly her final game at Savage Arena, barring a home postseason game, scoring 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting against the Huskies (12-15, 6-9 MAC).
“There’s mixed emotions; you really just want to go out and have fun,” Linn said. “It is your last game so it’s sad, but at the same it’s a lot of fun for Senior Day and we had a great win.”
Rebounding from being shutout in her last game, freshman point guard Andola Dortch (3 of 8) scored 12 points with five assists. Senior Courtney Ingersoll (2 of 9) recorded seven points with six rebounds and three blocks in her Savage Arena finale.
“At least for the regular season I am going out with a win,” Ingersoll said. “That’s an exclamation point on my career and Haylie’s career so it ended well like you would want it to.”
Toledo hits the road for its final game of the season when it travels to Muncie to take on Ball State (9-19, 4-11) at 7 p.m. Feb. 28. The Rockets won their first matchup between the two schools 63-48 on Jan. 19.