Toledo Entertains USC in WNIT Championship Game on Saturday

Updated 4/1/2011

Toledo Game Notes

TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (28-8) will look to capture its first postseason tournament crown in school history when the 2010-11 Mid-American Conference regular-season champions host USC (24-12) in the WNIT Championship Game on Saturday, April 2 in Savage Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 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.

UT advanced to the championship game for the first time in school history with home victories against Delaware, 58-55 on March 16, Auburn, 67-52 on March 19, Alabama, 74-59 on March 22, Syracuse, 71-68 in overtime on March 27, and most recently Charlotte, 83-60 on Wednesday. The Midnight Blue & Gold is the first MAC school to earn an appearance in the WNIT Championship Game since the tourney switched to its current single-elimination format.

The Rockets are in the midst of a 17-game home win streak, tied for third-longest in school history and longest since they won 20-consecutive games over the course of the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.

The Midnight Blue & Gold set a new school and conference women's basketball record on Wednesday when 7,020 fans saw Toledo cruise to a 23-point triumph over the 49ers.

Junior Naama Shafir led five Rockets in double figures against Charlotte with 16 points and nine assists. Senior Jessica Williams (15 pts.), sophomore Yolanda Richardson (14 pts.), redshirt freshman Andola Dortch (13 pts., career-high 10 rbs., 7 asts.) and senior Melissa Goodall (11 pts.) also scored at least 10 points, helping UT top the 80-point mark for the second-time this season.

Shafir, Richardson and Williams lead Toledo offensively in the WNIT, scoring 15.4, 13.2 and 10.6 points per game, respectively.

USC qualified for tomorrow's contest by virtue of their wins against UC Santa Barbara, 67-64 on March 17, Nevada, 78-59 on March 20, Brigham Young, 62-50 on March 23, Colorado, 87-70 on March 27 and most recently Illinois State, 63-36 on Wednesday.

The Trojans tied for fourth in the Pac-10 standings with a 10-8 mark and feature an attack with four players averaging double digits led by Briana Gilbreath's 14.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 bpg and 2.4 apg. The Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection is tallying 10.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.6 apg and 1.6 spg in the postseason.

USC is 11-9 away from home this season, including 4-0 in the WNIT, under former NBA player and second-year Head Coach Michael Cooper.

The Rockets and Trojans have met one time with UT suffering a 96-66 setback in the consolation finals of the Long Beach Dial Classic on Dec. 12, 1987.