TOWSON, Md. – Freshman guard Dominique Johnson scored seven straight points during a stretch of 75 seconds late in the second half, lifting the Tigers to a 69-60 Colonial Athletic Association win over Hofstra on Tuesday night.
The victory was Towson's second win in a row.
Johnson began her outburst with the Tigers nursing a one-point lead and less than three minutes to play. The freshman guard connected on a three-pointer to extend the Tiger advantage to 59-55. Moments later, she hit a runner off the glass with 1:28 remaining for a 61-55 advantage.
When she made another jumper with 56 seconds left, she gave the Tigers a 63-55 lead. That eight point advantage proved to be too much for Hofstra to overcome.
“The kids worked really hard and played really hard tonight,” Towson head coach Joe Mathews said. “We made some huge plays at the end of the game.”
The Tigers clinched the win by scoring 17 of the game’s final 25 points as they posted their second straight victory.
Junior guard Tanisha McTiller’s lay-up with five minutes left tied the game at 52-52 and started the closing run for the Tigers (9-16, 3-11 CAA). McTiller finished as the game’s leading scorer with 24 points while adding eight rebounds.
The Tiger defense limited Hofstra forward Shante Evans, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, to just 10 points and 11 rebounds on 4-of-12 shooting while she battled foul trouble in the first half.
The Tigers also received a solid effort from junior forward Nyree Williams, whose 14 rebounds and five blocks were each game-highs. Her five blocks tied a career-high, which was also set against Hofstra in February, 2012.
Although Hofstra’s bench outscored Towson’s 10-0 in the first half, the Tigers were an efficient 13-of-27 (48.1 percent) from the field in the opening period. Williams hit a key three-pointer, the first of her career, to cap a 7-0 run and give the Tigers an early 9-7 lead.
The Pride shot just 35.1 percent (13-of-37) in the first half as the Tigers took a 29-27 lead into halftime. It was the first time since Nov. 28 against Coppin State the Tigers led at halftime.
For Johnson, the reigning CAA Rookie of the Week, it was her fifth straight game in double figures. Johnson finished with 18 points and five assists.
Candace Bond led Hofstra (12-13, 8-6 CAA) with 16 points and had five rebounds and four steals.
The Tigers have a quick turnaround as they face the James Madison Dukes at 7 p.m. on Thursday night in Harrisonburg, Va.