TOWSON, Md. – Redshirt junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen and junior guard Markell Smith combined for 32 points to lead the Towson University women’s basketball team to a 64-57 win over UMBC on Tuesday night in SECU Arena.
“We always tell our young ladies that when your number is called you have to be ready to play and Markell really stepped up for us tonight,” said Towson Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler.
The two squads battled through several ties early and found themselves tied at 14-14 with 6:44 to play in the first half. Senior guard Tanisha McTiller hit a lay-up at 6:17 that jump started a 10-2 run by the Tigers (2-4). Hines-Allen contributed six of the Tigers’ 10 during that stretch that gave Towson a 24-16 lead with four minutes left in the half. The two teams traded baskets before sophomore guard Alliyah Berger was fouled on a three-point shot with three seconds left in the half. Berger stepped to the line and sunk all three opportunities to send the Tigers into the half with a 29-20 lead.
UMBC shot 38.1% from the field in the first half while the Tigers shot 26.7%. Towson was aided by making 12-of-13 shots from the foul line in the first 20 minutes of action. Towson outrebounded the Retrievers (1-5) 23-16 during the first stanza.
Towson scored six of the first 10 points in the second half to push its lead to 35-24 with 17:18 to play. The two teams continued to battle as a Berger triple put Towson up 44-31 with 11:01 remaining in the game. The Tiger lead fluctuated between nine and 12 points over the next five minutes of play. UMBC cut the Tiger lead to nine, 57-48 with 3:35 to play in the game. A lay-up from Smith pushed the Tiger advantage back to 11, 59-48 with 3:17 showing on the clock.
UMBC used a 7-1 run to cut its deficit to three, 60-57 with :56 seconds to play. Sophomore guard Dominique Johnson responded by going 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 25 seconds to increase the Towson lead to 64-57. Smith was able to get a block on UMBC’s three-point attempt with three seconds left and corral the rebound to secure the victory for Towson.
UMBC shot 56% from the field in the second half and finished the game shooting 47.8%. Towson shot 40.6% in the second half and 33.9% for the game. Towson made 6-of-9 attempts from the charity stripe in the second half and finished the game shooting 81.8%. Towson won the rebounding battle, 45-27.
The Tigers displayed a balanced scoring effort in the game as eight of nine players scored at least one point. Hines-Allen matched her career-high with 20 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Smith also matched her career-high as she tallied 12 points with eight rebounds. Johnson had seven points and a season-high eight assists in the game.
Redshirt senior forward Nyree Williams’ block early in the second half gave her eight for the season and 100 for her career. She is the fifth player in school history to record at least 100 rebounds in her career.
Sara Tarbert led UMBC with 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists while Taylor McCarley had 15 points.
Towson is back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 4 when the Tigers travel to Bucknell for a 7 p.m. game.