BOSTON, Mass. – Senior guard Tanisha McTiller scored a season-high 33 points to lead the Towson University women’s basketball team to a 67-62 win at Northeastern University on Tuesday night. McTiller added 12 rebounds as her fifth “double-double” of the year helped the Tigers snap a two-game losing streak and sweep the season series from the Huskies.
“I felt great, any time you win on the road this time of year, you feel great,” said Towson head coach Niki Reid Geckeler. “Defensively to hold them to just 19 points in the first half was big. Tanisha elevated her game today. I am very impressive with how she came out tonight. Everybody stayed in their role and stayed within themselves tonight.”
“LaTorri Hines-Allen played tremendous defense tonight, she contained Jewel Tunstull and pulled down some big defensive rebounds,” added Reid Geckeler. “I also thought Dominique Johnson came out and gave us a big lift on offense.”
In addition to her “double-double” numbers, McTiller moved into third place on the career scoring list at Towson as her 33 points gave her 1,423 for her career. She also tied her own school record for single-game free throws made with 15.
The Tigers got off to a quick start in the game as McTiller scored the first six points of the contest. The Tigers continued to push the tempo and extended their advantage to 13-5 as junior guard Ciara Webb drained a step-back three-pointer at 13:01. Johnson hit a triple at 9:19 of the first half, which gave Towson a 20-7 lead. It was the Tigers’ largest lead of the game at that point. The two teams traded baskets before six straight points from McTiller put the visitors on top 30-11 with 3:21 remaining in the first half. Northeastern scored eight of the next 13 points to cut the Tiger lead to 34-19 with 50 seconds left in the half. However, the Tigers scored the final three points of the stanza. That stretch included a layup from junior guard Markell Smith with five seconds left to take a 37-19 lead at the break.
The 19 points allowed by the Tigers in the first half, was the lowest point total surrendered in a half since Nov. 30 of last year. In that game, the Tigers gave up 15 points in the first half to UMBC.
Towson shot 38.7% from the field in the first half while Northeastern shot 30.4%. The Tigers dominated the rebounding battle in the first 20 minutes, 26-11.
The Tigers (10-11, 4-4 CAA) opened the second half on a 6-0 run and took a 43-19 lead with 18:17 to play in the game. Johnson hit her third three-pointer of the game during that stretch. Northeastern (6-13, 2-6 CAA) used a 20-4 run to cut the Tiger lead to 47-39 with 11:25 remaining in the game. The Huskies hit four three-pointers during that stretch. The two sides continued to battle as a layup from Sade Iriah at 5:57 made it a 52-49 game. The two teams traded baskets as a Tiffany Montagne jumper at 1:50 cut the Tiger lead to three, 56-53. However, that was as close as the Huskies could get. Towson went 9-for-11 from the foul line in the final minute and a half to seal the victory. McTiller made 6-of-7 attempts during that stretch.
Towson 33.3% from the field in the second half and had a 36.4 field goal percentage for the game. Northeastern shot 51.4% in the second stanza and 43.1% for the game. Towson finished with a 41-32 edge in the rebounding battle.
McTiller added two steals and an assist while turning in a dominating performance shooting and on the boards. Hines-Allen contributed 11 rebounds and eight points while Johnson finished with 11 points and four assists.
Samantha DeFreese led Northeastern with 14 points, 12 rebounds and four assists while A’Lece Mark added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Towson is back at it on Thursday, Feb. 6 when it hosts Hofstra at 7 p.m. in SECU Arena. That will be the Tigers’ “Pink Game” and all fans are encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness.