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November 27, 2012

UT Returns Home for Glass City Tournament

While the Toledo Rockets football team finished off the regular season with a 35-23 victory over Akron, the Rocket women's basketball team shook off a tough 3 point loss to Dayton a week earlier by earning a 66-62 victory over Colorado State in Fort Collins, CO. And they haven't looked back since.

The Rockets improved to 4-1 on the season with a pair of victories in Reno, NV to win the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic. First was a 73-48 trouncing of Santa Clara, then a convincing 73-61 victory over tournament host Nevada in the Championship Game.

The Rockets return home this Saturday to play SIU Edwardsville in the Glass City Tournament.

It's still early in the year, but head coach Tricia Cullop has put together one of the best teams she has had in her very successful tenure as the Rockets head coach.

One of the keys to the team's success is that the ball is being spread around pretty evenly.

Senior Yolanda Richardson leads the way with 11.0 points per game, but is quickly followed by Naama Shafir (10.2 ppg), Andola Dortch (9.2 ppg), Inma Zanoguera (8.0 ppg), Janelle Reed-Lewis (7.8 ppg), Lecretia Smith (6.6 ppg) and Riley McCormick (6.2 ppg).

None of those points per game totals stand out, but that's what makes this team such a complete team. There's not just one or two players to stop. There's not just three or four players to stop for that matter.

And that's just part of the story. There are seven different players with double digit rebounds through five games, three players with 11 or more steals, and nine different players that have made three-point field goals so far this season. That is some quality depth!

The Rockets are getting ahead early in games. They are outscoring their opponents 189-139 in the first half of games this season. And they are maintaining those leads with a 155-145 advantage in the second half of games.

Any way you look at it, this is an exciting basketball team that will be one of the favorites to win the Mid-American Conference when conference play begins in January. Until then, get out to Savage Arena this Saturday (2:30pm) and see them in action for yourself.


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