HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The trio of Tanisha McTiller, LaTorri Hines-Allen and Camille Alberson combined for 45 points to lead the Towson University women’s basketball team to a 62-56 win at Hofstra Thursday night in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener. The Tigers (7-7, 1-0 CAA) won their third straight game with the victory.
“To be able to get our first CAA win on the road was huge,” said Towson coach Niki Reid Geckeler. “The kids stayed to the game plan and defended well. Camille played a big role in this tonight, she hit two crucial threes and her defense was huge to helping us pull out the win tonight.”
The Tigers opened the game on an 11-5 run as Markell Smith hit a jumper at 14:49. The two teams traded baskets as a Hines-Allen lay-up at 8:46 pushed the visitors’ advantage to 18-11. Four straight points from Anma Onyeuku cut the Tiger lead to 18-15 with 6:59 remaining in the half. The Tigers scored the next three points of the game to push their lead back to six, 21-15 with 5:03 left in the half. Hofstra (5-8, 0-2 CAA) closed the half on a 12-6 run and the two teams went into the break tied at 27-27.
Towson shot 31% from the field in the first half to Hofstra’s 34.6%. The Tigers made 6-of-9 chances from the foul line. Hofstra held a 24-18 advantage in the rebounding battle.
The Pride opened the second half on a 7-3 run to take a 34-30 lead with 16:15 to play in the game. Three-pointers from Dominique Johnson and Alberson gave the Tigers the lead back, 36-34 with 14:50 showing on the clock. The three-pointers jump started a 22-9 run by the visitors. Towson took a 52-43 lead with 5:54 to play in the game following that run. McTiller tallied 10 of the Tigers’ 22 points during that stretch, including a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the foul line. Alberson added five points while Hines-Allen had four points. Hofstra scored the next seven points in the game to cut the Tiger lead to 52-50 with 4:35 remaining in the game. Towson responded with a jumper from Smith and another triple from Alberson to push its lead to 57-50 with 3:27 left to play. Krystal Luciano hit a three-pointer with 1:38 left to make it a 57-53 game. However, that was as close as the Pride would get the rest of the way. Towson scored five of the game’s final eight points to seal the 62-56 victory.
Towson shot 44% from the field in the game and 37% for the game. The Tigers hit seven three-pointers in the game after Johnson and Alberson each connected on three. Hofstra shot 34.2% from the field in the second half and 34.4% for the game. The Pride finished the game with a 45-37 edge in the rebounding battle.
McTiller led all scorers with 19 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Hines-Allen finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for her second straight “double-double” performance and fourth of the year. Alberson had a season-high 13 points and seven rebounds. Johnson tallied nine points and four assists.
Onyeuku and Annie Payton had 10 points each to lead Hofstra.
Towson returns home to begin a three-game home stand on Sunday, Jan. 12 when it hosts Northeastern at 2 p.m.