UT wins first game in post-Naama era
"It wasn't necessarily what you would have like to have seen in every instance today but...I think we're taking steps forward," said Toledo women's basketball head coach Tricia Cullop after her team defeated Iona 54-42 on Thursday. It was UT's first game since learning that senior point guard Naama Shafir will be out for the season after tearing the ACL in her right knee.
Shafir was injured in the first minute of Toledo's 69-58 victory over Indiana on Friday, she sat out the remainder of the game and Sunday's loss at Arkansas State. On Tuesday coach Cullop announced Shafir would be sidelined, she's expected to have surgery before the end of the year.
After a rough first half, the Rockets took off in the second. Senior Courtney Ingersoll hit three of her team high four three pointers in the period and UT pulled down 13 offensive rebounds (they had 23 for the game).
Redshirt junior Kyle Baumgartner led the way with a team high 15 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Andola Dortch put in 11 while dishing out nine assists and pulling down six boards. Ingersoll finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
"There's a lot of teams out there that have it worse than us right now...Oklahoma Statre losing their head coach and assistant coach then coming back and beating Rice. Every team is going to go through adversity and it happened to us early on, so we have a little bit of [a] period here where we're going to build off of that," Ingersoll said.
"We have a lot of different people on the team that can score and help us in so many different ways that we're going to be okay," Baumgartner said.