TOWSON, Md. - A strong defensive effort led the Tiger women's basketball team to a 56-45 win over UMBC on Sunday afternoon in the Towson Center. The Tigers (4-1) held the Retrievers (3-3) to a 26.8% field goal percentage in the game and grabbed 41 rebounds en route to their third straight victory.
"I'm extremely pleased with the defensive effort today," said Towson Coach Joe Mathews. "I thought all along we would be a good rebounding team and today was another example of that."
The Tigers jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead in the game as sophomore guard Tanisha McTiller had four of the first eight points. The Tigers extended their lead to 11-2 on a lay-up by senior guard Krystal Parnell with 10:19 to play in the half. UMBC got its first field goal of the game at 9:15 as Raven Harris' basket made it a 13-6 game. A lay-up by redshirt sophomore Nyree Williams at 5:50 gave the home team a 19-9 lead, their largest lead of the half. UMBC scored 12 of the final 16 points in the first half to cut Towson's lead to 23-21 at the break.
The Tigers shot 44% to UMBC's 20.7% from the floor in the first 20 minutes. The Retrievers used a perfect 8-for-8 performance from the foul line in the half to close the gap. The Tigers held a 23-14 lead on the boards in the first half.
The Tigers opened the second half on a 14-2 run to lead 37-23 with 14:41 to play in the game. Parnell tallied 10 of the 14 points scored by the Tigers during that stretch. UMBC would score six straight points to make it a 37-29 game with 12:38 to play. Back-to-back buckets by Parnell pushed the home team's lead back to 12 at 41-29 with 11:28 to go in the game. The two teams traded baskets over the next several minutes as a jumper by Michelle Kurowski made it a 47-43 game with 3:34 to play. The Tigers would score nine of the final 11 points in the game to claim the 56-45 victory.
Towson shot 52.4% from the floor in the second half and finished the game shooting 47.8% from the floor. UMBC shot 33.3% from the floor in the second half and finished the game at 26.8%. The Tigers held a 41-29 advantage on the boards in the game.
Parnell recorded her second career "double-double" in the game to lead the Tigers. The senior had 20 points, a career-high 11 rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Williams contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks while McTiller added 10 points and four rebounds.
Erin Brown and Tope Obajolu led UMBC with 12 points apiece while Brown added seven rebounds. Kurowski contributed 10 points and four rebounds for the Retrievers.
Towson is back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 30 when it travels to No. 2 Connecticut for a 7 p.m. game.
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