Dickerson Reaches 1,000 Points as Miami Tops Toledo

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Feb. 7, 2018

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OXFORD, Ohio - Highlighted by Lauren Dickerson surpassing the 1,000-point mark, Miami stormed back after surrendering a late lead to take down defending Mid-American Conference Tournament Champion Toledo, 67-58, Wednesday evening inside Millett Hall. The victory is Miami's fifth in a row as it improves to 15-8 (7-5 MAC) on the season while the Rockets fall to 15-9 (6-6 MAC).

Dickerson, who finished with 22 points, reached 1,000 points in 55 games, four games quicker than Courtney Osborn's 59 games.

Kendall McCoy collected her third double-double of the year with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Kayla Brown poured in 10 points.

Poor shooting had the teams hitting the first media timeout with the Rockets leading 8-4. The `Hawks got off to a slow start, draining just two of their first 10 shots. When action resumed, senior Kayla Brown took off. She finished the first quarter with seven points, shooting 3-4, including a three-ball that gave the `Hawks their first lead since the game's opening basket by Savannah Kluesner. The Red & White took a 13-10 lead into the second quarter.

Powered by two layups from Kaayla McIntyre, Toledo came back to take an 18-17 lead midway into the second. Lauren Dickerson brought Miami back into a tie with a free throw, and Kendall McCoy gave them a lead with a made jumper. They increased their lead to five after a three-pointer from Dickerson and layup by McCoy. By this point, Miami had significantly padded their shooting percentage after going 5-8 from the field.

Toledo cut the lead to just 25-24 with 3:15 left in the half, but Dickerson hit a statement three-pointer to widen the margin yet again. She was not done, either, marching down the court to drain a long ball to get over the 1,000-point plateau. It also took Miami into halftime with a comfortable 33-24 lead.

The Rockets willed themselves back into the game after halftime, slicing the Miami lead to one with the help of two and-one baskets. Dickerson drilled another three-pointer - her fourth of the night - to push the `Hawks ahead by four, but five straight points by Toledo put them ahead for the first time since early in the second quarter. The Rockets entered the fourth with a 46-44 advantage.

It took nearly three minutes for either team to open scoring in the fourth, as the squads missed a combined nine shots. It was the Rockets who finally did put one in when Mariella Santucci made a jumper as she was fouled to make it 48-44. She converted one free throw to push their lead to five. Toledo's Boyd made the lead six before McCoy put the RedHawks within three with another bucket from beyond the arc at 6:43.

Molly McDonagh made it a one-point game with her first basket of the night before a jumper by Leah Purvis finally put Miami ahead, 51-50 with 4:29 remaining. Brown increased the lead to two with a free throw, but Toledo answered back with a jumper that tied it once again. A free throw by Boyd made it 53-52 Toledo, but McCoy switched it right back to Miami with a three-pointer to give the `Hawks the lead, 55-53.

With two minutes remaining, a free throw and jumper gave Toledo a 56-55 lead, but Dickerson then drained a deep ball to make it 58-56 Miami. A Purvis free throw and layup mixed in with a Rocket jumper kept the `Hawk lead at three, 61-58. Miami pushed that lead to five after back-to-back foul shots from Dickerson. Toledo was forced to foul, which they did by grabbing hold of McDonagh. She all but iced the game with two free throws that made it 65-58.

The Rockets tried desperately to foul once more, but free throws by their victim, McCoy, sealed the deal and resulted in the game's final score of 67-58.

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