Lady Rockets Thumped At Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY - Toledo suffered its third straight loss on Saturday afternoon with a 60-45 setback to Buffalo in Alumni Arena. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 10-11 overall and 3-6 in the Mid-American Conference.

UT was limited to 29.3 percent (17-of-58) shooting from the field and 19.0 percent (4-of-21) from beyond the arc. The Midnight Blue and Gold mustered only 14 points in the second half and was held under 50 points for the fifth time this season.

Senior Olivia Terry led Toledo with 14 points, while sophomore Lisa Johnson added 12 points with seven boards in a losing effort.

Toledo started strong and hit six of its first 11 shots from the field to take a 12-8 lead at 14:02. The visitors received two baskets each from senior Tamesha Scotton and Johnson to establish the early advantage.

Buffalo stayed within a basket-or-two as the first half continued, before the Royal Blue and White went on a 10-2 run to take a 24-21 advantage. A pair of traditional three-point plays from Jessica Fortman and Stephanie Bennett gave the Bulls their first lead at 7:50.

The home team kept the edge for the remainder of the half and outscored UT, 24-12, over the final 10 minutes to take a 38-31 advantage at the break. The Bulls' efforts were aided when Toledo's Scotton picked up her second foul and sat the final 9:53.

Buffalo scored four quick points to start the second half and forced Toledo into a timeout at 18:18. UB's two inside baskets made it a double-digit game.

As has been the case during UT's mini losing skid, the Rockets' were just not able to find the range. Toledo made only two field goals in first 10 minutes of the period to make the score 49-39 at 10:53.

UT's deficit remained in double digits over the next six-plus minutes, as neither team could put together any offense.

Unfortunately for the Rockets, they were not able to close the gap any further and suffered only their second loss in 14 career matchups in the series.