PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Towson University women's basketball team pulled to within six late but it was not enough as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore claimed a 60-48 victory on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers (4-3) were led by junior Tanisha McTiller who established a new career-high with 25 points.
McTiller finished the game 15-of-20 from the foul line. She was one made free throw shy of tying Alis Freeman's single-game school record of 16 made free throws.
UMES (2-4) opened the game by scoring 10 of the first 12 points to take an early lead. Shawnee Sweeney had eight of the Lady Hawks' 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers. The Tigers responded with an 8-4 run of their own to make it a 14-10 game with 10:33 to play. Senior forward Michelle Peebles had half of the Tigers' points during that run. Jessica Long made a pair of free throws at 9:24 to start a 10-2 run by the home team which gave UMES a 24-12 lead with 5:18 left in the half. The two sides traded baskets before Ashleigh Claybrooks scored five of the half's final seven points. Claybrooks' late run sent UMES into the break with a 31-18 lead.
Towson scored five of the first seven points to start the second half and cut the deficit to 33-25 with 17:01 to play. UMES' lead fluctuated between 10 and 15 points over the next several minutes. The Tigers went 6-for-6 from the foul line from 10:58 to 10:23 to cut the lead to 47-40. The Lady Hawks pushed their lead back to 11, 53-42 with 7:31 to play. However, four straight makes from the charity stripe from McTiller and a basket from sophomore forward Markell Smith made it a 54-48 game with 4:05 to play. UMES scored the final six points of the game to make it a 60-48 final.
Towson shot 25% from the field while making 24-of-34 attempts from the foul line. UMES shot 33.3% from the floor and 64% from the foul line. The Lady Hawks outrebounded the Tigers 46-39.
McTiller scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half en route to her career high total. She added four rebounds and four steals in the game. Peebles contributed nine points while leading the Tigers on the boards with nine. Smith had five points and matched her career-high with seven rebounds.
Sweeney led UMES with 15 points while Alexis Udoji had six points, six rebounds and six blocked shots.
The Tigers will be back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 11 when they host nationally ranked Maryland in the Towson Center at 7 p.m.