WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior guard Tanisha McTiller hit a free throw with two seconds to play to give the Towson University women’s basketball a 68-67 win at George Washington on Saturday afternoon. Four Tigers scored in double figures as Towson claimed its first road win of the season.
“One thing we always talk about it playing defense and that was the key in the second half,” said Towson coach Niki Reid Geckeler. “We gave up 45 points in the first half and held them to 22 in the second. Nyree Williams was key for us having to play through illness from the past couple of days and toughed it out. We got some key plays from key people today.”
It was a game of runs between the Tigers (3-5) and Colonials (4-4) as there were five ties and 11 lead changes.
Towson opened the game on a 12-9 run as redshirt junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen connected on a jumper at 15:11. George Washington responded with a 13-0 run of its own to take a 22-12 lead with 10:17 remaining in the half. A jumper from sophomore guard Dominique Johnson briefly halted the run before Caira Washington converted a three-point play which gave the home team a 25-14 lead with 9:23 showing on the clock. Six straight points from McTiller cut the Tiger deficit to 25-20 with 7:53 left in the half. The Colonials scored 20 of the half’s final 35 points to take a 45-35 lead at the break.
The Colonials shot 57.7% from the field in the first half and were aided by making four three-pointers. Towson shot 40% in the first 20 minutes. George Washington converted 11-of-16 chances from the foul line in the first half to help open up the 10-point advantage. Both squads grabbed 17 rebounds in the first half.
The Tigers came out fired up to start the second half. Towson opened the second stanza on a 13-3 run and tied the game at 48-48 with 16:34 to play. Hines-Allen had seven of the Tigers’ 13 during that run. A Megan Nipe three-pointer put the home team up 51-48 with 16:07 remaining in the game. Towson responded by scoring 10 unanswered points to take a 58-51 lead with 11:48 to play. It was the Tigers’ first lead since 14:50 of the first half.
George Washington scored 12 of the next 13 points to take a 63-59 advantage with 4:41 to play in the game. The two teams traded baskets and the Colonials held a 65-61 lead with 2:28 to play. McTiller hit a jumper and then sank a pair of free throws at 1:17 to tie the game at 65-65. McTiller hit a lay-up with 1:03 to play, which gave Towson a 67-65 edge.
Hannah Schaible hit a lay-up with 50 seconds left to tie the game at 67-67.
Both teams had chances put were unable to convert over the next 35 seconds left. George Washington thought it had taken a lead with 15 seconds to play but the basket was waved off for a shot clock violation. McTiller was fouled with two seconds to play and stepped to the line. She missed the first but connected on the second to give the visitors a one point lead. George Washington’s final three-point opportunity fell short and Towson claimed the victory.
George Washington shot 23.5% from the field in the second half and 38.3% for the game. The Tigers shot 39.3% from the field in the second half and 39.7% for the game. Towson won the rebounding battled 42-41.
The Tigers had four players score in double figures for the first time this season. McTiller had a team-high 22 points, four rebounds and five steals. Hines-Allen and Williams contributed “double-double” performances for the Tigers. Hines-Allen finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Williams posted 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Her defensive was especially important in the second half as she had two blocks in the final five minutes as the Tigers made their comeback. Johnson added 10 points, three steals and two assists.
Nipe led all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds for the Colonials. Washington added nine points and seven rebounds.
Towson is back in action on Monday, Dec. 9 when the Tigers host LIU Brooklyn at noon. It is the Tigers’ Science of Sport Day as the Tigers will welcome 500+ elementary school students for pre-game activities and the game.