TOWSON, Md. – The University of Delaware opened the game on a 24-7 run and claimed a 69-44 win over the Towson University women’s basketball team on Sunday afternoon in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Senior guard Tanisha McTiller led the Tigers with 18 points and three steals.
The Blue Hens shot the ball extremely well out of the gate as they opened up a 24-7 lead with 7:42 to play in the first. Kelsey Buchanan and Joy Caracciolo combined for 14 points during that run by Delaware. Towson scored eight of the game’s next 12 points to cut its deficit to 13, 28-15 with 4:35 left in the half. Junior forward Camille Alberson had four of the Tigers’ eight while redshirt senior forward Nyree Williams converted a three-point play. The two teams traded baskets over the final four and a half minutes of the period. McTiller’s lay-up with one second to play made it a 34-22 game at the half in favor of the visitors.
Delaware shot 59.3% from the field in the first half while the Tigers shot 29.6%. The Blue Hens held a 19-15 edge in the rebounding battle. Buchanan and Alecia Bell led all scorers with 10 first half points each while junior guard Markell Smith pulled down seven first half rebounds.
The Tigers opened the second half on a 10-6 run which cut the Blue Hen lead to eight, 40-32 with 15:44 to play. McTiller scored six of the Tigers’ 10 during that stretch. Delaware (13-6, 5-3 CAA) scored 10 of the next 14 points in the game to push its lead to 50-36 with 9:47 remaining in the game. Courtni Green had a pair of three-pointers during that stretch. A McTiller lay-up at 8:24 made it a 50-38 game. However, the Blue Hens responded with a 10-0 run and took a 60-38 lead with 4:24 left in the game. Buchanan scored four the Blue Hens’ 10 during that spurt. The two teams traded baskets over the final four minutes of the half. Freshman forward Alaysia Mitchell made a lay-up with 29 seconds to play which made the final score 69-44.
Delaware shot 56.5% from the field in the second half and 58% for the game. Towson (9-11, 3-4 CAA) shot 33.3% from the field in the second stanza and 31.5% for the game. Delaware finished the game with a 37-29 advantage in the rebounding battle.
McTiller added three rebounds in addition to her team-leading 18 points. Smith finished with seven points and a team-high nine rebounds while Williams added seven rebounds.
Four Delaware players scored in double figures led by Buchanan’s 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. Hannah Jardine had 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Towson is back at it on Tuesday, Feb. 4 when it travels to Northeastern for a 7 p.m. game.