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Published: Thursday, 1/15/2009

Mays helps UT top Eastern Michigan

YPSILANTI, Mich. - Tanika Mays scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the University of Toledo women to an 80-67 Mid-American Conference basketball victory over Eastern Michigan last night.

The Rockets improved their record to 9-7 and remained unbeaten in conference play at 3-0.

The Eagles fell to 4-11, 0-3.

Mays led a dominant performance on the boards as the Rockets outrebounded the Eagles 47-26. In fact, with 22, Toledo has almost as many offensive rebounds as Eastern had total rebounds.

"Tanika posted some unbelievable numbers tonight," Rockets coach Tricia Cullop said. "She played a tremendous game and did some great things for us.

"If we don't rebound tonight, we don't win this game. I thought we did a great job on the boards, particularly Tanika."

Joining Mays in double-figure scoring were Allie Clifton with 15 points, Jessica Williams with 12, and Lisa Johnson with 10. Clifton grabbed nine rebounds and Naama Shafir handed out nine assists.

The Rockets hit 30 of 65 shots from the field (6-of-18 from beyond the arc) and 14 of 22 free throws. The Eagles hit 21 of 49 shots (4-of-20 on 3-pointers) and 21 of 28 free throws.

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