BOWLING GREEN - Toledo (12-2, 0-1 MAC) will look to rebound from its first defeat in the last two months when it travels to arch-rival Bowling Green (10-4, 1-0 MAC) on Sunday, Jan. 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in the Stroh Center and will be televised on SportsTime Ohio (STO) and ESPN3 with Mike Cairns providing the play-by-play and Jacki Windon serving as the analyst.
UT has been picked to capture its fourth-consecutive MAC West Division crown, while BGSU is tabbed to finish second in the East.
The Rockets are coming off a 73-66 loss against Central Michigan in Thursday's MAC opener at home, snapping their 11-game win streak. UT's only other setback in 2012-13 occurred at nationally ranked Dayton, 79-76, on Nov. 14.
The Chippewas closed Thursday's contest with an 8-1 run over the final three-plus minutes to hand the Midnight Blue & Gold only its third home conference loss under fifth-year head coach Tricia Cullop.
Sophomore Inma Zanoguera paced UT with a career-high 19 points, while filling up the stat sheet with eight assists, six rebounds and three steals.
The Rockets also received double-digit scoring efforts from seniors Lecretia Smith, Naama Shafir and Yolanda Richardson. Smith tied her career high with 14 points on 7-of-16 shooting, while Shafir and Richardson chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Shafir entered the game as UT's leading scorer at 12.8 ppg, but was limited to only 26 minutes on the court due to foul trouble.
Toledo shot a respectable 41.1 percent (30-of-73) from the field and forced 19 CMU turnovers, but Shafir's limited playing time caused the offense to stall in the second half. The home team was just 2-of-9 from the free throw line, and was out-rebounded by a margin of 40-32.
UT was also unable to contain the high-scoring CMU offense as the visitors shot 54.2 percent (26-of-48) from the floor, including 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from behind the arc. Seven of those triples came in the first half.
Crystal Bradford led Central Michigan with a game-high 27 points and fell one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards.
For the season, the Rockets are fueled offensively by the quartet of Shafir, junior Andola Dortch, Richardson and Zanoguera, who are averaging 12.7, 10.6, 9.9 and 9.1 ppg, respectively. In total, UT has six players averaging at least 5.2 points per game.