The Rockets shut down MAC rival Bowling Green at home in Savage Arena on Saturday, ending the game ahead by 20. A break-away second quarter and a spirited third quarter helped to bring the Rockets’ regular season record to 13-6 overall.
Nakiah Black contributed the most points to the win, scoring on 66 percent of her attempts for a total score of 24.
Kaayla McIntyre managed to score an impressive 13 points of her own while also snagging 13 rebounds, making her the only player on either team to record a double-double for the game.
The first quarter was largely a shoot-out between the two teams, with neither team able to establish a clear early advantage. Black added two threes late in the first quarter to give Toledo the 16-13 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The Rockets established control of the game early on in the second quarter, spring-boarding from the three-point advantage they held going into the period to a 12-point advantage with over five minutes left in the half.
Toledo ran up the score for the remainder of the quarter, outscoring its opponent 25-3 and ending the half with a 21-point lead.
The Rockets quickly moved to extend their lead to begin the second half with a swift 15-5 run. Toledo would continue its dominance in this quarter, at one point establishing a monstrous 34 point lead against the Falcons and heading into the final quarter with a score of 63-31.
Coming into the final with a 10 minutes with 32-point lead allowed the Rockets to rest most of their starters for the end of the game. BGSU attempted to rally with a 16-6 run before the buzzer sounded, yet it would be the Rockets celebrating a 76-56 victory when time ran out.
The offensive prowess on display from the Rocket side propelled them to victory over BGSU in this rivalry match-up.
Toledo scored on an efficient 52.7 percent of its attempted shots this game, a full 12 percent more than the 40 percent shooting percentage offered up by the Falcons.
Three-point shooting percentage was also a key component to the win against Bowling Green for Toledo. The Rockets managed to put away a little over half of their 24 shots from deep, finding success on 13 of them.
Deep range shooting was not an area the Falcons were able to match the Rockets in. BGSU scored on just three of 17 attempted three pointers, leaving the Falcons with a 17.9 percent 3PT shooting percentage and a points deficit to make up.
“We wanted to get back to playing our style of basketball.” Head Coach Tracia Cullop said after the teams blowout win over their rival. “Nakiah Black really kind of led us.”
Next up, the Rockets find themselves taking on reigning MAC East Division Champions Buffalo at Alumni Arena on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. Last time these two teams met, the Bulls were able to walk away with the 84-73 victory and this time the Rockets seek to set the record straight during the only time these two teams will clash during the regular season.