ATHENS, Ohio – Despite an eight-point halftime lead, the Ohio women's basketball team (8-7, 2-2 MAC) was unable to top Toledo (11-5, 2-2 MAC), falling to the Rockets, 75-57, inside Savage Arena on Wednesday night.
HOW WE GOT THERE
Toledo opened the game with the first points seconds in, however with back-to-back layups from Agler and Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio), the Bobcats were able to take a 4-2 lead. After Toledo retook the lead, Agler would drain a three-pointer, putting Ohio up 7-5 at the 7:25 mark.
Toledo would tie it up and retake the lead before a layup from Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) tied the game with 4:01 left in the first quarter. Toledo would take a four-point lead before a free throw from Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) made the game 13-10, Toledo after one quarter.
In the second quarter, the Ohio offense came alive. After Toledo got four quick points to take a 17-10 lead, Ohio took control, going on a 12-2 run over the second quarter starting with a jumper from Burke and being capped off from a three-pointer from Burris, giving Ohio a 27-19 lead going into halftime.
Ohio held Toledo to six points in the second quarter and only two points after the 8:10 mark in the period.
At the half, Burris and Burke both led the Bobcats with seven points.
At the start of the third quarter, Toledo would quickly erase the Bobcat lead, going on an 11-0 run to open the frame and taking a 38-32 lead at the media timeout. Ohio would cut the lead to three with a three-pointer from Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.), but Toledo would go up eight with 2:32 left in the quarter.
Ohio would chip away, with Hooks and Burris hitting free throws down the stretch to cut the Rockets lead to 44-42 at the end of the third quarter.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Toledo would go on a 13-2 run to open the period and the Bobcats would be unable to recover the rest of the way. Ohio would cut the UT lead to eight with a layup from Hooks at the 4:54 mark, but Toledo would take control, taking the game by the final of 75-57.
Leading Ohio was Burris with 14 points, going 6-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from three-point range while grabbing three rebounds and grabbing one steal.
Burke added 13 points, going 4-of-13 from the field, 5-of-6 from the free throw line while snagging four steals and dishing out two assists.
Agler scored 11 points, going 3-of-9 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
Overall, Ohio went 19-of-59 (.328) from the field, 4-of-20 (.200) from three-point range and 15-of-20 (.750) from the free throw line.
The Bobcats were outrebounded, 53-24, however forced Toledo to turn the ball over 23 times and scored 25 points off of them. The Bobcats also had six assists and 12 steals. The Ohio bench also added 21 points for the Bobcats.
For Toledo, Mikaela Boyd scored 17 points and grabbed 19 rebounds and dished out eight assists.
As a team, Toledo went 28-of-60 (.467) from the field, 4-of-16 (.250) from beyond the arc and 15-of-21 (.714) from the free throw line. The Rockets forced Ohio to turn the ball over 10 times, but scored 18 second chance points to go alone with 40 points in the paint.
The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Bobcats over the Rockets.
Toledo no leads the all-time series 45-25.
"That was a rough one. We have shown a lot of resiliency the last couple games, but you got to give Toledo credit tonight. We got off to a slow start, had a big second quarter there and got us the lead and those kids from Toledo came out and played really well there in the second half. They guarded well, and you look at their field goal percentage in the second half and it's just astounding. So you have to give them a lot of credit. They beat us today. Sometimes you lose and sometimes the other team wins, and tonight Toledo won. They were good, they did a lot of things well, and we'll get back to the drawing board. It's not going to get any easier for us, that's for sure." – Head coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats will stay on the road when they head to Kalamazoo, Mich. on Saturday, Jan. 13 when Ohio faces off with Western Michigan. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.