Tuesday's MAC Results
Toeldo 66, Colorado State 62
Courtesy of Toledo Sports Information
Toeldo 66, Colorado State 62
FORT COLLINS, CO - Toledo knocked down a season-high 11 triples and registered a 66-62 victory at Colorado State on Tuesday in Moby Arena. With the win, the Rockets improve to 2-1 on the season.
UT shot a sizzling 45.8 percent (11-of-24) from beyond the arc to help run its all-time record to 8-2 against teams from the West Coast Conference. The Midnight Blue & Gold came into tonight's game shooting only 28.1 percent (9-of-32) from three-point range, averaging 4.5 treys.
The Rockets also did a nice job taking care of the basketball against an athletic CSU squad and finished with 19 assists, compared to only 11 turnovers.
Senior Naama Shafir, senior Riley McCormick and senior Lecretia Smith led the three-time reigning Mid-American Conference West Division champion Rockets with 11 points each. The trio accounted for six of the team's 11 three-point field goals.
Toledo wasted little time in taking control of tonight's matchup, knocking down four of its first five shots from the floor to race out to a 17-2 lead at 14:20. McCormick sparked the quick start with two triples and a long two-point field goal, forcing CSU into an early timeout. Sophomore Inma Zanoguera, junior Andola Dortch and junior Janelle Reed-Lewis also connected on shots from three-point land to build the early double-digit cushion.
Colorado State settled down after a rough start and countered with a 12-0 blitz to close the margin to 21-16 with 9:13 left in the opening period. Five different Rams made baskets in the run to make it a two-possession difference.
The Rockets maintained a sizable advantage as the first half wore on, but they needed a burst offensively to regain some of their momentum. UT mustered only three field goals since its red-hot start, a span covering seven-plus minutes.
Redshirt freshman Ana Capotosto slowed CSU's momentum for a little with a trey to push the margin to 29-20 at 6:25.
Unfortunately, UT was unable to sustain the momentum. The Rams closed the first stanza with a mini 12-6 run to shrink Toledo's lead to 35-32 at the intermission.
The Rockets began the second half the same way they began the first and scored the opening seven points to reclaim a double-digit lead, 42-32, with 17:01 showing on the clock. Shafir and McCormick continued to shot lights out from beyond the arc and hit back-to-back treys to create some breathing space.
The non-league affair remained a two-possession difference until Colorado State's Kara Spotton scored six straight points to close the gap to 46-45 with 12:04 remaining.
The Rockets did not panic, despite giving up a double-digit lead, and responded with a game-changing 16-4 run to build a 62-49 cushion with 4:20 left in regulation. Smith spearheaded the game-changing burst with seven points, including knocking down her first collegiate triple. Senior Yolanda Richardson, Shafir, Reed-Lewis and Zanoguera also contributed crucial points in the run to seal the improve road triumph.
CSU did not go down without a fight and made it two-possession game in the closing moments, but the home team would get no closer.
LaDeyah Forte paced the Rams (2-2) with a game-high 16 points and four steals before fouling out, while Spotton had 12 points and a contest-best 16 caroms off the bench.
The Rockets return to the hardwood on Friday, Nov. 23 to battle Santa Clara in the opening game of the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic in Reno, NV. The opening tip from Lawlor Events Center on the University of Nevada's campus is slated for 4:30 p.m. (PT).