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Toledo signs Cullop to long-term extension

Toledo, Tricia Cullop agree to a contract extension Wednesday through the 2024-25 season.

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The Toledo Rockets are going to be a threat in the Mid-American Conference for a while.

The program signed coach Tricia Cullop to a contract extension Wednesday through the 2024-2025 season, per an announcement from vice president and athletic director Mike O’Brien.

“We’re extremely happy about extending Tricia’s contract to continue the stability and success that she has brought to Toledo women’s basketball,” O’Brien said.

Cullop’s Rockets weren’t the definitive best team in the MAC in the regular season, but they weren’t a team to overlook. The Rockets finished the regular season 25-9 overall, and they were the No. 6 seed in the MAC Tournament.

The postseason was markedly different for the Rockets, though.

They won the MAC Tournament and defeated Northern Illinois 82-71, winning their first MAC Tournament since 2001, when they defeated Kent State in overtime.

In winning the MAC Tournament, the Rockets went to the NCAA Tournament, only to lose to Creighton 76-49 in the first round.

Despite the loss in the NCAA Tournament, this year was a success for the Rockets, who weren’t necessarily a feared team in the MAC before the regular season.

But with Cullop staying for a while, the Rockets have a chance to be good for a while, too.