It wasn't always pretty, in fact early on it was dreadful, but the UT women's basketball team still came away with a 58-53 victory over Central Michigan on Sunday.
Trailing at one point by 13 in the first half and eight at the break, the ladies used a late surge in the last five minutes to win their first MAC game of the season.
"We played great defense and we rebounded and that's why we won. [If] we continue to do that we're going to win a lot of ball games," said Rockets head coach Tricia Cullop.
Toledo took their first lead of the game with 3:12 to go on a lay up by sophomore Andola Dortch. After three back-and-forth buckets and two free throws by Dortch, senior Haylie Linn received a pass on the wing and drilled a three pointer to make it 57-53 with 29 seconds left.
"I knew there wasn't a whole ton of time left on the shot clock and...she [the defender] didn't really have her hands up...I had an open look and I just...shot it," said Linn, who finished the game with 12 points.
Dortch finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. Junior Lecretia Smith had 13 points and 15 rebounds.
The 13 point deficit was the largest UT has overcome to win a game this season. Before Sunday, the Rockets were 0-4 in games in which they trailed at halftime.
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