MAC WBB Championship: Toledo tops BGSU for first tournament title since 2017

Artie Abrego, Sports Reporter, Falcon Media Sports Network

After an unforgettable season, the Bowling Green Falcons were defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 73-58, in the MAC Championship game. 

 Toledo began the first quarter red-hot with a nine-point run that BG had no answers for, forcing the Falcons to use their first timeout just three minutes into the game.

After the BG timeout, Toledo would turn the nine-point run into a twelve-point run after a three from MAC Player of the Year, Quinesha Lockett.  

BG would get on the board in the first after a layup from sophomore Jocelyn Tate. BG would battle back and, after a three from senior Elissa Brett, got the Toledo lead down to single digits at 20-12. 

The first quarter ended with Toledo up 23-12.  

The Falcons tried to close the scoring gap, but Toledo remained a step ahead throughout the second quarter. 

Heading into halftime, the Rockets were up 33-26 against the Orange and Brown. 

Allison Day led the Falcons in scoring with 9 points on fifty percent shooting with three rebounds and two assists. Toledo was led by senior Jessica Cook, scoring 10 points and shooting a perfect 100%.  

 The Rockets also had an impressive 21 rebounds at the half, while holding the Falcons to a 35.5% shooting percentage. 

Despite Day’s best efforts, the Falcons were continually outscored by their Toledo rivals in the second half, including a fourth-quarter where BG allowed 25 points on 7-11 shooting.  

The Rockets defeated the Falcons by 15 points, 73-58. 

BG finished with a 35.4% shooting percentage and committed 20 personal fouls.  

Day finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, leading the team in both categories. Tate also finished with 13 points.  

Lockett finished with a team-high 17 points and six assists, with Cook just behind her with 16 points on 8-11 shooting. Toledo junior Sammi Mikonowicz grabbed 16 rebounds for the Rockets.  

Despite the tough loss, Bowling Green Head Coach Robyn Fralick still took time to praise her team postgame.  

“I couldn’t be more proud to coach my team. The game was about 1000 miles per hour. It was high intensity,” Fralick said. “I wish a few more things would have gone our way, but just really proud of our effort, our fight, and our season.” 

BG’s historic season ends in heartbreak, as the Rockets win their ninth MAC Championship and their first title in six years. Toledo will look to duplicate their success in the MAC tournament as they enter the NCAA Women’s Tournament with an automatic bid.  

Bowling Green will find out their postseason fate on Sunday night, when the NCAA Tournament brackets are unveiled, as well as the brackets for the WNIT.