|Illinois ends Toledo's WNIT run (03-29-13)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Friday, 29 March 2013 08:42|
TOLEDO - At 12-4 run helped Illinois close out its 62-55 WNIT win over Toledo Thursday night in Savage Arena.
The Rockets finished 29-4. Illinois, 19-13, advanced to face Kansas State, a 60-48 winner over Ball State.
In a battle between two of the nation's top defenses, the Illini were able to convert key field goals down the stretch, including a 3-pointer from Amber Brown that banked in of the glass as the guard was falling backwards with 3:16 left in regulation. That basket gave the visitors a 55-49 lead.
UT's Inma Zanoguera scored two field goals in the final minute to trim the deficit to five, but that was the closest UT could get.
The Rockets were hurt by 23 turnovers that were converted into 20 points for the Illini.
Zanoguera paced the Rockets with 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists in a career-high 40 minutes.
Yolanda Richardson notched 12 points, going 6-of-6 from the field, and grabbed four boards.
Naama Shafir and Andola Dortch chipped in 10 points each. Shafir added a season-tying best eight rebounds and a team-high six assists.
Dortch finished with five assists and a rebound shy of a double-double with nine rebounds.
Illinois was led by Karisma Penn's double-double performance with a game-high 23 points and 11 boards. Brown contributed 18 points, going 5-of-10 on 3-pointers.
The loss ended the collegiate careers of seniors Kyle Baumgartner, Riley McCormick, Richardson, Shafir and Smith. The senior class went 107-31 in the last four years.
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