Sunday's MAC Results
Toledo 59, St. Bonaventure 45
Detroit 65, Ohio 53
Purdue 87, Central Michigan 71
Courtesy of MAC Sports Inforamtion Departments
Toledo 59, St. Bonaventure 45
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo took care of its business and secured a 59-45 victory over St. Bonaventure on Sunday in the championship game of the inaugural Glass City Tournament in Savage Arena. With the impressive 14-point triumph, the Rockets' run their win streak to five-straight games and improve to 6-1 overall.
UT shot an impressive 44.6 percent (25-of-56) from the floor and 75.0 percent (6-of-8) from the charity stripe to capture its second tourney title in the last nine days. The Rockets also won the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic in Reno, NV last weekend with victories against Santa Clara and the host Wolf Pack.
The three-time reigning Mid-American Conference West Division champions also did a great job taking care of the basketball against the Bonnies (4-5) and finished with 18 assists, compared to only 14 turnovers.
Senior Yolanda Richardson led four Rockets in double figures with 12 points, nine boards, three dimes and two rejections to garner all-tourney accolades.
Joining Richardson in double digits were senior Naama Shafir and junior Andola Dortch with 12 points each and senior Lecretia Smith had 11. Richardson and Smith controlled the lane and helped UT post a sizable 36-14 edge in points in the paint.
Shafir was the only Rocket to score at least 10 points in both contests this weekend and was selected the tourney MVP for a second-straight week. The Hoshaya, Israel native averaged a team-high 11.0 ppg and 4.5 apg and was accompanied on the all-tournament squad by Dortch and Richardson.
As has become customary with the Rockets this season, they jumped out to an early lead. Toledo received three points from Smith, as well as field goals from Richardson and Shafir to take a 7-2 advantage at 16:23.
St. Bonaventure quickly retaliated with a mini 5-0 run to knot the difference at 7-7 with 11:30 remaining in the half. SBU collected a field goal from all-tourney performer Alaina Walker, a pair of charity tosses from Ashley Zahn and a single free throw from Hannah Little to draw the teams even nearing the midway point of the opening period.
UT was able to respond, though, with a jumper by Smith and a triple from Dortch to reclaim the lead for good, 12-7, at 10:48.
Toledo continued to play with the advantage as the first stanza wore on and back-to-back baskets from Richardson and Smith made the score 20-15, forcing the Bonnies into a timeout at 5:40.
The Rockets were still not done attacking and closed the half with an 11-1 burst to open up a 30-19 cushion at the intermission. Sophomore Inma Zanoguera sparked the late run with six points to help the home team build a double-digit cushion at the break.
Smith led the Midnight Blue & Gold with nine points in the opening 20 minutes, while Zanoguera and Richardson had six points each.
The Rockets did not take their foot off the accelerator to begin the second period, scoring nine of the first 10 points to open up a 39-20 lead, prompting St. Bonaventure into another stoppage at 17:27. Dortch and Richardson combined to tally all nine points in the run.
Toledo then put the game away with a triple by Shafir, followed by back-to-back field goals from junior Brianna Jones and senior Kyle Baumgartner to expand the cushion to 51-30 at 9:06.
SBU did not go down without a fight, though, and cut the margin to 13 points, 53-40, with a little under five minutes left, but UT stood its ground and did not let the visitors pull any closer.
Emily Michael paced St. Bonaventure with 13 points and Walker had 11 points in a losing effort.
The Bonnies were limited to 31.7 percent (13-of-41) from the floor, including 33.3 percent (5-of-13) from beyond the arc, and 51.9 percent (6-of-8) from charity stripe. SBU was guilty of 19 miscues in the tourney finals , which UT translated into an important 25 points.
The Rockets return to action on Saturday, Dec. 8 when they host Horizon League member Milwaukee. The opening tip against the Panthers will at 2:00 p.m. in Savage Arena. UT will look to avenge a 60-57 setback to UWM on Dec. 18, 2011 in the Klotsche Center.
Detroit 65, Ohio 53
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball dropped a 65-53 contest to the visiting Detroit Titans on Sunday afternoon at The Convocation Center. The Bobcats generated an impressive 43 points from their bench but had difficulty containing Detroit's strong post play, allowing 44 points in the paint throughout the contest.
With the loss, Ohio drops to 1-5 on the season. The Titans are now 4-3.
Junior guard Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) led Ohio offensively, tying for a game-high with 19 points. Bailes shot a solid 7-of-15 from the field, including a 5-of-9 mark from three-point range. The junior also added two assists, one block, and five rebounds to her scoring efforts. She was joined in double figures by yet another strong performance by freshman Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio), who chipped in 15 points and four rebounds. After scoring 21 points in her first four games as a Bobcat, Black has scored 36 points in her last two outings.
Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) also had a strong day for the `Cats, scoring a career-high nine points and collecting a career-high nine rebounds.
Detroit connected on 26-of-57 field goals (45.6 percent) in the win, but was held to a mere 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) from three-point distance. One of the nation's top scorers, Shareta Brown, had a strong day in the post, scoring 19 points and collecting a game-high 15 rebounds. Coming off a 35-point performance against Western Michigan, Brown was efficient despite only being allowed to shoot 13 times. Demeisha Fambro and Rosanna Reynolds joined her in double figures, scoring 17 and 14 points, respectively.
The Titans started the game on a 6-0 run before Ohio answered back, taking the lead when Baldwin hit a three-pointer to give the `Cats a 12-11 lead with 15:00 to play in the first half. Ohio would stretch this lead to as high as seven (24-17) on a Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) jumper at the 10:07 mark.
Ohio's shots fell cold from this point, as the Bobcats went 8:29 without scoring a point. This drought was snapped by a Bailes three-pointer at the 1:38 mark and ultimately allowed the Titans to take a 33-27 advantage. Detroit would hit one more shot as time expired in the first half to take a 35-27 lead into the break.
The Titans would stretch their lead to as many as 17 points (63-46) when Megan Hatter hit a layup with 5:21 remaining in the contest. This capped an 11-0 run which spanned 3:06 of the second half.
The Green and White battled back in the late stages of the game, scoring seven unanswered to pull within ten points at 63-53. Detroit was able to hold on the rest of the way, adding a layup by Brown to end the game at its final score of 65-53.
Ohio will next be in action on Thursday, Dec. 6 against Eastern Kentucky. The Bobcats and Colonels will tip off from The Convocation Center at 7 p.m.
Purdue 87, Central Michigan 71
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A hot-shooting first half by No. 14/13 Purdue built an 18-point first-half lead and despite a valiant comeback attempt by Central Michigan, the Chippewas fell in Mackey Arena Sunday afternoon, 87-71
The Boilermakers (7-1) shot 63.6 percent (14-for-22) from the field in the first 20 minutes, including 83 percent (5-for-6) from long range to build the 18-point advantage. The three-point field goals deemed to be the difference maker as the Chippewas (2-4) knocked down just as many field goals (14-for-37) but hit just 2-of-11 attempts from three to trail 49-31 at the break.
"Purdue is pretty darn good," head coach Sue Guevara said. "This team is faster and quicker than the one we played last year. Our defense hurt them a little bit in the second half when we were all on the same page and I thought we did a better job attacking them offensively. We only went to the line five times in the first half. They scored 26 out of 87 points on free throws and that is just very poor defense on our part. Give them all the credit in the world."
Dee Dee Williams hit a three for the Boilermakers to extend their lead to 52-33 just 47 seconds into the second half, but the Chippewas went on a 7-0 run on five-straight points from sophomore Jessica Green and a layup by sophomore Jas'Mine Bracey to pull within 12, 54-42, with 16:42 to go.
The Boilermakers promptly went on a 6-0 run of their own to push the lead back to 18 and ultimately extended the lead to 70-48, their largest of the game, on a free throw by Joselyn Massey.
The Chippewas would not go away with a fight however, limiting Purdue to just one field goal over the next 5:59 of the game, as they went on a 12-2 run. Senior Brandie Baker got things rolling with a three from the left wing and a pair of free throws before two more free throws by Green, a jumper by sophomore Crystal Bradford and a layup by Bracey of an offensive rebound pulled CMU within 12 at the 6:42 media timeout.
Bracey was fouled just before the timeout and hit one of two from the charity stripe to pull CMU within 11, 72-61, but it would be as close as the Chippewas would get. On the never next Purdue possession, KK Houser came up with an offensive rebound after a stop by the Chippewas' defense and Sam Ostarello hit a jumper and was subsequently fouled. Ostarello completed the three-point play by knocking down the free throw and 21 seconds later repeated the feat by converting another three-point play to push the Boilermakers' lead to 78-61.
The Chippewas' defense improved in the second half to hold Purdue to 39.4 percent shooting (13-for-33) as the Maroon and Gold were able to outscore the Black and Gold in the final 20 minutes, 40-38.
Bradford led the Chippewas with 18 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor, while Green finished with 15 points and Baker and Bracey each scored 11. Ostarello led Purdue with 23 points, while Houser had 19 and freshman Taylor Manuel had 12.
CMU will continue its tough non-conference schedule Wednesday when it hosts its annual 'Hoops for Hunger' game versus Green Bay at noon.