Women's Hoops Unable to Mount Comeback in Loss to Toledo
KALAMAZOO, Mich. —
The Western Michigan women's basketball team dropped just its second game at home this season against the reigning Mid-American Conference Tournament champions Toledo 78-73 on Wednesday evening. Following the loss, the Broncos are now 12-10 overall, 5-5 in league play and 7-2 at home.
The Broncos were backed by juniors Breanna Mobley and Deja Wimby as the two combined for 39 points on the night.
Mobley tallied her seventh 20+ scoring game this season on 20 points to go along with a season-high 13 rebounds as the forward also notched her ninth double-double of the season and 28th of her lustrous career. Wimby added 19 points, seven coming from the charity stripe, and five assists.
After the first quarter, the Broncos trailed by just four after both teams shot a combined 14-for-16 early on but went cold in the second stanza. The Broncos and Rockets shot 33 percent in the second from the hardwood as WMU trailed 37-31 heading into the locker room.
Down by as many as 14 late in the third, the Brown and Gold mounted a fourth quarter comeback and pulled within two. Wimby led the charge with 12 points in the final ten minutes but it was too little too late as the Rockets sealed the five-point victory.
Freshman Jordan Walker was all over the stat sheet with seven points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists while senior Najee Smith hit 3-of-6 from behind the arc, including two crucial bombs in the fourth, good for nine points.
The Bronco bench was led by senior LaTondra Brooks and junior Meredith Miller as the pair both notched five points going a combined 3-for-5 from the field.
The box score was fairly similar but WMU held a 32-31 advantage on the boards including 16 on the offensive end. Defensively the Broncos forced 17 turnovers off seven steals but that only turned into two fast break points. As a team the Brown and Gold shot 44.4 percent from the field compared to the Rockets who shot at a 52.9 rate inside University Arena.
In what was a crucial MAC West contest, the Rockets improve to 15-7 overall and 6-4 in league play. Jay Bravo-Harriott led all players with 24 points. The Broncos did however hold the league's leading rebounder Kaayla McIntrye to just four rebounds on the night.
Western Michigan remains home, welcoming Akron on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Kalamazoo for a 2 p.m. tip before making a trip to Bowling Green on Wednesday, Feb. 7.