TOWSON, Md. - Junior guard Tanisha McTiller and sophomore guard Ciara Webb combined for 42 points, to lead the Towson University women's basketball team to a 69-61 victory over Delaware State (2-8) Friday night. The Tigers (5-5) snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory.
"We got off to a really good start," said Towson coach Joe Mathews. "Ciara got us going and hit some big shots."
Webb scored a career-high 22 points, including 17 in the first half. The guard was 6-for-7 from the floor in the opening 20 minutes. Her play was a key factor in the Tigers opening up their largest lead of the game at 27-13 with 10:41 remaining in the stanza. Towson, which opened the game on an 11-2 run, saw Webb scored 12 of the Tigers' first 27 points.
However, Delaware State clawed its way back, going on a 19-3 run over the next seven and a half minutes, taking a 32-30 lead over the Tigers courtesy of Jade Washington's three-pointer with 3:14 remaining in the opening frame. Delaware State scored eight of the final 13 points in the half to take a 40-35 lead at the break.
Delaware State maintained its five point lead for nearly the first six minutes of the second half. McTiller's lay-up at 13:48 jumped started a 10-0 run to give the home team a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Towson's lead would fluctuate between three and eight points over the final 11 minutes.
McTiller took matters into her own hands, scoring 12 of her 20 points in the second half with numerous drives to the basket. She also took advantage of her opportunities at the charity stripe going and went 6-for-9 from the foul line in the win. The talented guard, who entered Friday as the Tigers' leading scorer, added seven rebounds, five assists and two steals against the Hornets.
McTiller was a large part of a balanced rebounding effort for the Tigers, who had four players grab seven or more rebounds. Junior forward Nyree Williams and sophomore forward Markell Smith each grabbed eight boards, while sophomore forward Camille Alberson and McTiller had seven each.
The Tigers made major adjustments defensively in the second half and held Delaware State to only 21 points in the period on 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) shooting. Washington led the team with 18 points, while Tierra Hawkins was also in double figures with 15.
For Webb and McTiller, they became the first pair of Tiger teammates to each score at least 20 points in the same game since the 2008-09 season opener, when Shanae Baker-Brice and Omara Parker each reached the 20-point plateau in a win over Loyola.
The Tigers shot 44.4 percent in the win and out-rebounded the Hornets 40-31.
Towson will return to the court Sunday, Dec. 30 against Maine for a 2 p.m. tipoff at the Towson Center.