Toledo breaks 15-point deficit to claim seventh straight win – Archyde

MUNCIE, Indiana — Despite falling 15 points late in the first quarter Wednesday night, the Toledo women’s basketball team came back to defeat Ball State 58-55 in Muncie, Indiana, and win their seventh straight game.

The Rockets (13-3, 7-0 MAC) fell behind early and ended the first quarter 21-6 behind the Cardinals (9-7, 2-4 MAC). first tour of the evening in the third quarter. Toledo were nine points behind, 52-43, with 8:06 left but finished the game with a 15-3 tear to stun Ball State and remain undefeated in the MAC game.

The 15-point deficit was the largest Toledo has overcome to win a game this season and their biggest comeback since Jan. 26, 2014, when the team stormed back from 17 points adrift in Ohio.

The 7-0 start to the Mid-American Conference game is the best since the 8-0 start to the league game in 1998-99. The seven-game winning streak is the longest since the 2016-17 season, when the team won eight games in a row.

“I’m really proud of our players,” said the head coach Tricia Cullop said. “They did a great job of keeping their composure after a tough first quarter. We kept our composure, we kept fighting and our defense was really great at times tonight, making them take a hard shot or make a turnover. Those stops really helped We couldn’t be prouder of the tenacity we showed to pull off a tough away win tonight.

Junior Quinesha Lockett offensive with 14 points and in the second year at the top Khera Goss also reached double digits, scoring the 11th freshman in the process Jessica Koch added nine points, six rebounds and four assists in her first appearance in the starting XI since the start of the season. Junior Hannah Noveroske added eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks to help matters.

Defense has been Toledo’s trademark all season, and once again the team held their opponent on a poor shooting night, with Ball State making just 20 of 59 shots (33.9 percent) from the floor. The Rockets made 22 of 57 shots (38.6 percent) but converted 11 of 13 free throws, including 7 of 9 in the fourth quarter.

Ball State’s Chyna Latimer posted a game-high 18 points and teammate Thelma Dis Agustsdottir contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

Toledo returns home this weekend to host Buffalo on Saturday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m

1st quarter

  • Ball State scored the first five points of the game, and Toledo’s first goal came at the 6:55 mark as a sophomore Sammi Mykonowicz to the 5:2 success.
  • The Cardinals then went into the quarter with an 8-0 run for a 14-2 lead with 4:24 to go.
  • The first frame ended with seven straight Ball State points to put the Rockets in a 21-6 hole after 10 minutes of play.

2nd quarter

  • Toledo scored the first five points of the second quarter to narrow their deficit to 21-11.
  • Goss helped get the Rockets back in the game, scoring nine straight points for UT and helping spark a 14-3 run that put her team 24-20 to four with 1:08 left in the first halftime.
  • Ball State ended the quarter with four points in the last minute to level the ledger at 28-20 and head into the half.
  • Neither team shot particularly well in the first two quarters, but the Cardinals overtook the Rockets 28-16.

3rd quarter

  • The Rockets opened the second half with an 8-0 run to tie the game 28-28.
  • Lockett scored the first five points of the quarter, then Cook’s successful and-one gave the Rockets their first share of the game’s lead.
  • Just over a minute later, Lockett broke through the defense with a simple bucket to give Toledo their first lead of the evening at 32-30, with 6:53 left in the third quarter.
  • Ball State continued a 14-4 run to extend their lead to eight points, 44-36, with 1:49 left in the quarter.

4th quarter

  • The Cardinals opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a three to take a 48-40 lead. They would end up starting the final frame with a 7-3 run to open a 52-43 lead with 8:06 in the game.
  • Toledo’s game-winning rebound came shortly after. Cook booked an 8-0 run with baskets inside to level the game 52-52, but BSU’s Estel Puiggros hit a three-pointer with a 55-52 advantage with just 3:08 to play.
  • The Rockets would keep the Cardinals scoreless for the rest of the game.
  • Senior Jayda Jansen was huge in the final minutes of the game, making all four of her free throw attempts.
  • Noveroske got the go at 1:56 after catching an offensive rebound and going strong.
  • Ball State had two chances with less than 10 seconds left, but both three-pointers missed the target.

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