Ingersoll leads Rockets’ rout of CincinnatiWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Ingersoll and the Rockets aren’t done playing just yet this season.
The senior guard scored a career-high 24 points as Toledo trounced Cincinnati 72-51 in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on March 20 in Savage Arena.
“We just want to keep playing,” Ingersoll said. “We don’t want our season to end and I don’t want my season to end because then I will be done. It is a fight that we have. Right now in the postseason every team that is still alive is one that wants to keep playing.”
Ingersoll, who leads the nation shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc this season, drilled a career-best six threes in the victory on nine attempts. She is set to break the all-time record for games in a Rockets uniform in the next contest at 132.
“Courtney had an outstanding shooting game,” UT head coach Tricia Cullop said. “She is a senior that didn’t want to be denied. I couldn’t be more proud of her. She has been a great leader for us all season long.”
“I think every once in a while a player has a game like that where they just feel like they can throw something up and it will fall in,” Ingersoll said. “[The basket] was as wide as the ocean. I kept on getting good screens and passes from my teammates and that made it easy.”
With the win, Toledo moves to 23-9 on the year. They are set to host VCU (20-14) at 7 p.m. March 22 in the third round of the WNIT. The Rams have won two overtime games in the WNIT, including a one-point victory at Bowling Green in the opening round.
Tickets are $13 and $11 with students receiving free admission from their student identification. The first 50 fans to pick up tickets will receive two free passes courtesy of Cullop. They are available at the UT ticket office or by calling (419) 530-4653 (GOLD).
Against the Bearcats, Toledo struck early and often as they rolled Cincinnati (16-16) in the first half.
The Rockets scored the game’s first 10 points and cruised to a 37-11 halftime lead. The 11 points allowed was the least amount UT has given up in a half all season, holding the Bearcats to shooting just 15 percent from the field.
Junior center Yolanda Richardson started the game on the bench and responded by scoring 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting with a game-high six rebounds. Classmate Kyle Baumgartner (2 of 6) received the start and recorded four points and six rebounds. Sophomore point guard Andola Dortch (4 of 14) scored 13 points and had a game-high seven assists.