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Rockets burned by hot-shooting RedHawks, 72-54, at MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Senior Kaayla McIntyre scored 14 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a hot-shooting Miami team, as Toledo lost to the RedHawks, 72-54, in quarterfinal action Wednesday night of the Mid-American Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Senior Mikaela Boyd had nine points and eight rebounds in Toledo’s 72-54 loss to Miami Wednesday night.

No. 3 seed Miami (23-7) shot 27 of 51 (52.9 percent) from the field, including 7 of 17 from three-point range. The guard tandem of junior Lauren Dickinson (21) and senior Leah Purvis (13) combined for 34 points.

Miami advanced to the semifinals to face No. 2 seed Ohio Friday, March 15.

No. 6 seed Toledo (20-11) shot 19 of 56 (33.9 percent) from the floor. Sophomore guard Nakiah Black chipped in with 12 points, while senior guard Mikaela Boyd added nine points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The Rockets played without the services of junior guard Mariella Santucci, who missed the game due to illness.

Miami led 18-11 after one quarter and held a 35-24 halftime edge. Toledo closed the gap to seven, 39-32, early in the third quarter but never got any closer after that.

The Rockets will wait to see if they are selected for post-season play. Pairings for the NCAA and WNIT tournaments will be announced Monday, March 18.