BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Four players scored in double figures to lead the Towson University women's basketball team to a 67-62 win at Western Kentucky in the season opener on Saturday evening. The Tigers placed four players in double figures for the first time since Jan. 20 against Hofstra.
"I'm pleased with the team effort tonight," said Towson Coach Joe Mathews. "We battled in the first half with some key people in the foul trouble and to be able to fight through that was good."
Mathews added, "I thought we got some key contributions from people we were missing last year."
The two squads battled early in the contest as they were tied at 10-10 with 13:06 to play in the first half. A jumper by freshman Camille Alberson at 11:34 put the visitors up 15-12. Keisha Mosley hit a jumper at 11:13 to start a 12-0 run by the Lady Toppers. That run was capped by a Danay Fothergill three-pointer at 7:59. Fothergill's triple gave the home team a 23-15 lead in the game. The two teams traded baskets and WKU led 27-21 with 5:18 to play in the first half. Senior Meredith Kennedy connected on a triple at 4:55 to jump start a 15-6 run by Towson to close out the half. Kennedy hit her fourth three-pointer of the half with 46 seconds to play, that bucket sent the Tigers into the locker room with a 36-33 advantage.
Kennedy led all scorers at the break with 12 points while the Tigers shot 50% from the floor in the half.
The Tigers scored five of the first eight points in the second half and led 41-36 with 16:34 to play. The Lady Toppers would cut the Tiger lead to one, 41-40 with 15:01 to play. Towson used a 9-3 run to push its lead to 50-43 with 9:53 to go in the game. Sophomore Tanisha McTiller had four of the Tigers' seven during that stretch. Western Kentucky would use three three-pointers in the next minute and a half to tie the game at 52-52. The Tiger lead would fluctuate between one and four points over the next three minutes. Up 58-57 with 2:52 to play, Towson closed the game on a 9-5 run to complete the victory.
Towson was held to a 31.8% shooting percentage from the floor in the second half but went 17-of-25 from the line in the final 35 minutes.
McTiller led all scorers with a career-high 18 points in the game. She added five rebounds, two steals and an assist. Kennedy also recorded a career-high as she finished with 17 points. Senior Krystal Parnell contributed 11 points, four assists and two rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Nyree Williams posted a "double-double" in her first game as a Tiger. Williams finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Western Kentucky was led by Mosley who had 12 points and 11 rebounds. LaTeira Owens had 12 rebounds and seven points for the Lady Toppers.
Towson returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 16 when the Tigers visit Maryland for a 7 p.m. contest.