CHARLESTON, S.C. – Senior guard Tanisha McTiller scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Towson University women’s basketball team to a 64-60 win at College of Charleston on Thursday night in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. The Tigers (9-9, 3-2 CAA) snapped a two-game losing streak and have now won three straight on the road with the victory.
“It was a great confidence builder for our young ladies to come on the road and get a win at a tough Charleston team,” said Towson coach Niki Reid Geckeler. “I’m pleased with the transition defense, we held their three-point shooters to nothing in the second half.”
The Cougars scored eight of the first 13 points as Alyssa Frye hit her second three-pointer of the game at 16:43. Towson used a 10-6 run to take a 15-14 lead with 12:12 left in the half. McTiller scored seven of the Tigers’ 10 during that stretch. The two teams battled on both ends of the court as the largest lead over the next five minutes was two as the Cougars got a jumper from Jillian Brown at 8:36 and led 20-18. The Cougars and Tigers traded baskets as a jumper from Afreyea Tolbert at 1:47 gave the home team a 29-27 lead. Towson scored the final seven points of the half to take a 34-29 lead at the break. McTiller had a pair of baskets before sophomore guard Dominique Johnson drained a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Towson shot 40.6% from the field in the first half while College of Charleston (10-8, 3-2 CAA) shot 39.3%. Both teams hit four three-pointers in the first half while the Cougars held a slim 22-20 edge in the rebounding battle.
College of Charleston opened the second half on a 14-8 run to take a 43-42 lead with 12:44 to play. Jasmine Carter had eight of the Cougars points during that stretch.
McTiller hit one-of-two from the charity stripe at 12:33 to start a 6-1 run by the Tigers. That stretch gave the visitors a 48-44 lead with 9:37 remaining in the game. A pair of free throws from Frye helped the Cougars cut their deficit to 48-46 with 9:17 to play. Towson scored seven of the next eight points to push its lead to 55-47 with 6:36 remaining on the clock. Smith scored five of the Tigers’ seven during that stretch. The two teams traded baskets as a pair of free throws from McTiller at 2:24 gave the visitors a 61-51 advantage. It was the Tigers’ largest lead of the game.
A 9-2 run by the Cougars cut the Tiger lead to 63-60 with 17 seconds showing on the clock. Tolbert scored five of the Cougars’ nine during that stretch. McTiller made one-of-two from the line with 15 seconds left which made it a 64-60 game. College of Charleston missed a jumper with a second left and Smith was able to corral the rebound to secure the Tiger victory.
Towson shot 33.3% in the second half and 37.3% for the game. College of Charleston shot 22.9% from the field in the second half and 30.2% for the game. The Cougars won the rebounding battle 49-43.
McTiller had four rebounds and two steals in addition to her game-high in points. Redshirt junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen recorded her team-leading fifth “double-double” of the year. She had 13 points, 14 rebounds and two assists. Smith was the second Tiger in double figures for rebounding as she had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Carter led College of Charleston with 16 points while Tolbert had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the “double-double.”
Towson tries to make it two in a row when it travels to William & Mary on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.