RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Sophomore guard Ciara Webb's 3-pointer with three seconds left lifted the Towson University women's basketball team to a 63-60 overtime win at Manhattan in the season opener for both squads.
"Ciara's shot at the end of the game is a sign of growth from a young player," said Towson coach Joe Mathews. "She really struggled most of the game but was able to move on to the next play. It turns out that one of those next plays was a game winner."
The game was close throughout as neither team took a lead of more than five points at any point in the contest, and the two sides battled through 12 ties.
Trailing 10-8 in the first half, the Tigers used a triple from Webb and a free throw from senior forward Michelle Peebles to take the lead back with 11:37 to go in the half. Sophomore guard Destiny Shearin converted a three-point play at 10:46 to give Towson a 15-11 lead. After Manhattan took a 16-15 lead, the Tigers got another three-point play from Shearin and a bucket from freshman forward Krystal Pearson to take a 20-16 advantage. The two squads continued to battle on both ends of the court as Jasper Katie Reese hit a jumper with 11 seconds, which sent Manhattan into the half with a 30-29 lead.
Towson shot 47.8 percent from the floor in the first half and got eight first-half points from Shearin. Manhattan shot 46.2 percent from the floor in the half.
The two teams traded baskets early in the second and found themselves tied at 37-37 with 16:02 to go in the second half. A 3-pointer from freshman guard Alliyah Berger and a lay-up from redshirt junior forward Nyree Williams gave the Tigers a 45-40 lead with 8:19 to go in the half. That was the largest lead of the game for either team. Manhattan took a 50-49 lead with 12 seconds left in regulation following a basket from Toni-Ann Lawrence. Junior guard Tanisha McTiller hit one of two from the foul line with nine seconds left to tie the game and send the game into overtime.
In the extra session, the Tigers took a 58-56 lead on a 3-pointer from Webb with 1:35 remaining. Manhattan went ahead, 60-58, with 52 seconds to go as Lawrence hit one of two from the charity stripe. McTiller converted a lay-up with 43 seconds left to tie the game at 60-60 and set the stage for Webb's game-winning basket. Webb hit her 3-pointer of the game and Manhattan was unable to get another shot off.
Towson finished the game shooting 42.6 percent from the floor and 59.1 percent from the charity stripe. Manhattan shot 40 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the free throw line.
Williams led the Tigers with a "double-double" and turned in a dominating performance on the boards. She had 13 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in the win.
"Nyree was dominant on the boards today," added Mathews. "She did what was expected of her."
McTiller contributed 15 points and six assists for the Tigers while Shearin had 10 points.
Monica Roeder led Manhattan with 13 points while Ashley Stec had 10 points.
The Tigers are back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 13 when they make their home debut hosting Morgan State at 7 p.m. in the Towson Center.