Toledo Game Notes
Story Courtesy of UT Media Relations
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo has been selected to participate in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) for the second-consecutive season. The 2010-11 Mid-American Conference regular-season champions will entertain Colonial Athletic Association member Delaware (20-13) in a first-round match-up on Wednesday, March 16. Tip-off time is slated for 7:00 p.m. in Savage Arena.
The University of Toledo Division of External Affairs has agreed to pay the admission fee for the first 100 UT students with their University ID. Admission to the postseason event is $13.00 for adults, $6.00 for children 12 and under, and $6.50 for full-time UT faculty and staff (limit two per staff member). UT student tickets are $5 (must show student ID).
The winner of Wednesday's game will take on the winner of the Tennessee Tech vs. Auburn contest on Saturday-Monday, March 19-21. Sites and times for that round will be released at a later date.
The Rockets are one of 31 automatic qualifiers in the field who were regular-season conference champions that did not receive bids to the NCAA Tournament.
Toledo will be appearing in the WNIT for the second time in as many seasons under 2010-11 MAC Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop and the seventh overall. In 2010, the Rockets defeated Big East member Pittsburgh in the first round at home, 70-58, before suffering a 72-57 setback to Big Ten foe and eventual semifinalist Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The Rockets (23-8) captured their first outright regular-season MAC title since 2000-01 this season with a 14-2 league mark but dropped a 61-55 contest in the conference semifinals to No. 5 seed Eastern Michigan.
All-league performers junior Naama Shafir and senior Melissa Goodall lead Toledo offensively, scoring 14.5 and 13.5 points per game, respectively. Shafir was a first-team All-MAC selection, while Goodall earned third-team all-league accolades. In addition, redshirt freshman Andola Dortch was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team.
The Blue Hens, who finished with a 10-8 mark in the CAA and advanced to their tourney championship game, feature a balanced attack with three players scoring at least 8.0 ppg led by Elena Delle Donne's 25.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 2.6 bpg.
Delaware is 11-8 away from home this season and has won four of its last five games overall under Head Coach Tina Martin.