Toledo Hosts Charlotte in WNIT Semifinals

Updated 3/30/2011

Toledo Game Notes

TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (27-8) will look to keep its historic postseason run alive when the 2010-11 Mid-American Conference regular-season champions entertain Charlotte (27-9) in the WNIT Semifinals on Wednesday, March 30 in Savage Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. and will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports Network with Thad Anderson providing the play-by-play and Ceal Barry serving as the analyst.


The Rockets are in the midst of a 16-game home win streak, fifth-longest in school history and longest since they won 17-consecutive games over the course of the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.

The Midnight Blue & Gold is the first MAC school to earn a WNIT Semifinal appearance since the tourney switched to its current format.

UT advanced to the ‘Final Four' for the first time with home victories against Delaware, 58-55 on March 16, Auburn, 67-52 on March 19, Alabama, 74-59 on March 22 and Syracuse, 71-68 in overtime on Sunday.

The postseason contest against the Orange was played before a season-high 5,001 fans in Savage Arena, 10th-largest crowd in school history.

Junior Naama Shafir led the way with 22 points and a career-high nine rebounds in Sunday's come-from-behind overtime triumph against SU. Joining Shafir in double figures was sophomore Yolanda Richardson with 13 points and four caroms.

Shafir and Richardson lead Toledo offensively in the WNIT, scoring 15.3 and 13.0 points per game, respectively.

Charlotte qualified for tomorrow's contest by virtue of their wins against Liberty, 62-56 on March 16, South Carolina, 69-57 on March 20, Florida, 81-77 in overtime on March 24 and Virginia, 79-74 on Saturday.

The 49ers tied for third in the Atlantic 10 standings with a 9-5 mark and feature an attack with three players averaging double digits led by Shannon McCallum's 13.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.9 apg. The second-team all-league honoree is tallying 18.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 3.3 apg in the postseason.

Charlotte is 14-5 away from home this season under fourth-year Head Coach Karen Aston.

The Rockets and 49ers have met one other time with UT claiming a 77-66 victory in the second round of NWIT on March 23, 1990 in Amarillo, TX.

The other ‘Final Four' matchup is Pac-10 member Southern Cal at Missouri Valley Conference member Illinois State tomorrow at 8:00 p.m.