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Women’s NIT Preview: Wright State Raiders at Toledo Rockets

Ken Bailey

The Toledo Rockets finished the season with a 17-14 record. That was good enough to earn an invite to the NIT. They will play host to the Wright State Raiders, out of the Horizon League, that compiled a 23-10 mark.


Game Details

When: Friday, March 16th, 7 P.M.

Where: Savage Arena, Toledo, Ohio

Watch: ESPN 3

Stream: Via the WatchESPN app, providing cable provider participation


Scouting the Raiders

The Raiders are led by Horizon League POY Chelsea Welch. The 5’9 senior from Kettering is averaging 21.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.5 assists. Far from a one woman show, the Raiders have Mackenzie Taylor, who averages 11.4 points and Emily Vogelpohl, who averages 10.7 points and was also named to the Horizon League All Defensive team.

A very good team, the Raiders made it all the way to the Horizon League Tournament, only to fall to #22 ranked Green Bay. The Raiders are averaging 73.1 points while they only give up 61 per contest.


Scouting the Rockets

The Rockets are led by Kaayla McIntyre, who is averaging 16.1 points and 7.5 assists. Mikaela Boyd and Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriett both average over 12 points a game.

The Rockets are a fairly good all-around team, however they struggle to score. They are shooting under 30% from three, and are only hitting 64% from the free throw line. While they are shooting just under 43% from the floor, which isn’t terrible, a big reason why is that McIntyre is hitting 64% of her shots.

Most of the Rockets problems stem from this lack of shooting. Defenses collapse on them down low, and they are able to create opportunities off of the Rockets misses.


Prediction

Wright State has been the better team all year, and should win this game. The Rockets are in a slump and have lost 4 in a row. However, the talent is there to be a really good team as long as they can put the ball in the hoop. Expect a close game, or even Rockets win if they can manage to get the ball through the hoop.