Ohio (4-16, 2-7 Mid-American Conference) took down Eastern Michigan earlier this week, and it faces Toledo (16-4, 7-2 MAC) on Saturday.
Ohio is 8-10 against Toledo since 2011 and has lost two in a row. Ohio is looking to flip that script but has a tall task ahead of them as Toledo ranks third in the conference with a 7-2 MAC record. Here is everything you need to know about this weekend’s matchup.
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Savage Arena (Toledo, Ohio)
How to watch: ESPN3
Meet the opponent
Head Coach: Tricia Cullop (15th season)
02 Sophia Wiard
05 Quinesha Lockett
22 Khera Goss
33 Sammi Mikonowicz
34 Jessica Cook
Things to know:
- Toledo had played well all season, before MAC play the Rockets went 9-2 in their nonconference schedule. The two losses they had were in consecutive games to Duke and Penn State. In the game against Penn State, it came down to the final shot as Penn State just edged Toledo out, 60-59.
- Toledo's offensive and defensive efficiency both rank third in the conference while it is the exact opposite for Ohio, it ranks at the third worst in the conference in both categories.
- Toledo has two starters that average in double figures in Lockett and Mikonowicz who score 17.7 and 10.4 per game, respectively. These two players also average almost two turnovers a game, an area of opportunity for Ohio.
Keys to the game:
Ohio played four strong quarters against Eastern Michigan in their last win, and it will certainly have to do the same against a strong Toledo team. Toledo also holds its opponents to a 3-point percentage of 29%, which ranks second in the MAC. Ohio shot confidently Wednesday night and is going to have to do the same again this weekend as it is a focus point of its offense. Ohio ranks near the top in 3-pointers taken, but towards the bottom in 3-point percentage. Quality shots are going to be a point of emphasis and capitalizing on every possession will be key.