BALTIMORE, Md. – Redshirt junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen scored 13 of her career-high 23 points in the second half to lead the Towson University women’s basketball team to a 66-59 win at Coppin State on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers (6-7) won their second straight game as Hines-Allen finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
“It was good to get a win today especially on the road,” said Towson coach Niki Reid Geckeler. “The kids are getting it and played pretty good defense today but Coppin got some stuff late and we need to shore that up.”
The two teams battled early and found themselves tied at 8-8 with 13:29 to play in the first half. Hines-Allen hit a lay-up at 13:12 to jump start an 8-1 run by the visitors. That stretch gave Towson a 16-9 lead with 9:01 remaining in the half. Hines-Allen had four of the Tigers’ eight during that stretch. A pair of free throws from Amber Griffin briefly halted the Tiger run at 8:34. Towson went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe over the next two plus minutes to take a 22-14 lead with 6:21 left in the half. Freshman forward Alaysia Mitchell made all four of her chances during that stretch. Mitchell hit a jumper at 5:54 which put Towson up 24-14; it was the Tigers’ largest lead of the half. Coppin State (4-9) closed the half on a 13-5 run and Towson took a 29-27 lead at the break.
Towson shot 28.6% from the field in the first half to Coppin State’s 25%. The Eagles held a slight 26-25 edge in the rebounding battle.
Coppin State cut the Tiger lead to one, 30-29 with 19:42 to play in the second half. Towson responded by scoring 14 of the game’s next 16 points to take a 44-31 lead with 13:46 left in the game. Sophomore guard Dominique Johnson had five for the Tigers during that stretch while Hines-Allen contributed four. A three-pointer by junior guard Ciara Webb at 12:22 gave the Tigers a 49-32 lead. That was the Tigers’ largest lead of the game.
Coppin State used an 11-2 run to cut the Tiger lead to 51-43 with 9:01 to play. Kyra Coleman had four for the Eagles during that stretch. The two teams continued to battled and trade baskets on each end of the court. A lay-up by Hines-Allen with 56 seconds to play made the final score 66-59.
Towson shot 46.2% from the field in the second half and 36.1% for the game. Coppin State had a 44.8% field goal percentage in the second half and a 34.4% for the game. Towson won the rebounding battle 47-39 and scored 18 second chance points.
Hines-Allen had her third “double-double” of the year and added three steals. Johnson scored in double figures with 13 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. Senior guard Tanisha McTiller contributed six points and nine rebounds.
Coleman led Coppin State with 14 points and seven rebounds while Omaah Tayong contributed 12 points and eight rebounds.
Towson will be back in action when Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play begins on Thursday, Jan. 9. The Tigers will travel to Hofstra for a 7 p.m. game looking to win their third game in a row.