Toledo Finalizes 2020-21 Women’s Basketball Schedule

Daily Dose  |  11/16/2020 1:00 pm

Toledo's 2020-21 women's basketball schedule was finalized on Monday with the announcement of the Rockets' non-league slate. Toledo will play five non-conference games during the course of November and December, with all but one contest taking place at the friendly confines of Savage Arena.

"Due to the impact of COVID-19, we made changes to our non-conference slate to play a more regional schedule," said Head Coach Tricia Cullop. "We were originally scheduled to play in a tournament in Florida, but we felt it was best to push that back a year. We were able to replace that tournament with two home games, bringing our total to four. We are thrilled to be at home for four of our five non-league contests."

Earlier today, the Toledo Athletic Department announced that due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at home basketball games will be limited to families of the players and coaches for an indefinite period of time. General public and student attendance will not be permitted until further notice. The department will continue to evaluate spectator options throughout the season.     

The Midnight Blue & Gold is slated to face opponents from three different conferences which should give Cullop's squad a look at several different styles of play.

"We are happy to play a regional slate against teams who will challenge us and make us better," Cullop said. "This pandemic has put everyone outside their comfort zone. When we are on the court, it is the one time of day that gives us some type of normalcy." 

Toledo will tip off its regular season at Horizon League member Wright State (19-12) on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Rockets will not return to the road again until after the new year on Jan. 6.

Four days after their season opener, the Rockets will begin a six-game home stretch against Horizon League member Oakland (11-19) on Sunday, Nov. 29. 

Toledo will follow up its home opener with contents versus Horizon League member Detroit Mercy (3-27) on Dec. 5, Atlantic 10 participant Duquesne (20-11) on Dec. 18 and Summit League member North Dakota (15-15) on Dec. 21.

Toledo will also open Mid-American Conference play with home contests against Kent State (Dec. 13) and Akron (Jan. 2) to conclude its school-record six-game homestand.

"During the past 12 years, non-conference home games have been hard to come by," Cullop said. "We are thrilled to be at home and have less travel, especially during a pandemic. It is no secret we have a young team, so having a chance to jell with less wear and tear from travel before conference play is a blessing."

Toledo has been outstanding at home under Coach Cullop, compiling a stout 144-47 (.754) ledger. The Rockets have won at least 11 home contests in nine of the 12 seasons, including a school-record 19 victories during the 2010-11 campaign.

The Rockets return eight letterwinners from last year's squad that finished strong by upsetting No. 1 seed Central Michigan in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals. Leading the way for Toledo in 2020-21 will be sophomore captains Quinesha LockettMali Morgan-Elliott and Sophia Wiard. They also have seniors Mariah Copeland and Tatyana Davis, junior Lexi Lance and sophomores Soleil Barnes and Jaela Johnson returning to the fold.