Dec. 20, 2009
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Despite a solid shooting performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Toledo `s 13 three-pointers proved to be too much as the Cougars fell 86-74 at the Vadalabene Center.
Toledo improved to 8-2 on the season while SIUE is now 2-10. The women's basketball Cougars continue the home stand Tuesday when they play host to Missouri State at 7 p.m.
Senior point guard Ashley Bey turned in a career-high 21 points Sunday, adding eight assists and five steals for the Cougars. Raven Berry pumped in 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench. Melia Duncan added 17 points, which was one point shy of her career best.
As a team, the Cougars shot a season-high 26 of 59 (44 percent) from the field. SIUE outscored the Toledo in the paint 36 to 24.
"Our offense looked great today," SIUE Head Coach Amanda Levens said. "We did a good job staying in the game."
At halftime the Cougars trailed by only 10 points. SIUE came out in the second half to cut the lead to six in the first three minutes of the second half. The Rockets then used an 11-2 run in the second half to keep a solid lead.
Clare Aubry led the Rockets with 17 points, shooting 5 of 7 from three-point range. Melissa Goodall helped the Rockets with 10 rebounds. Five players in all scored in double figures for Toledo, which finished the game shooting 58 percent from the field and 56.6 percent from three-point range.
"We gave up way too many points," Levens said. "We need to play better defensively as a team. I want our team to work hard and give us a chance to win the game," Leven said.