TOWSON, Md. - The No. 23 University of Delaware women's basketball team opened up a 17-point halftime advantage en route to a 77-55 win over the Towson University women's basketball team on Thursday night. Redshirt junior forward Nyree Williams posted her sixth "double-double" of the season and was one of three Tigers in double figures in the game.
"Give credit to Delaware, they proved why they are such a good basketball team," said Towson coach Joe Mathews. "I thought we came out not totally focused and ready to play but the intensity and the fight was better as the game went on. Hopefully we can build on that."
Delaware scored the first six points of the game before the Tigers (7-15, 1-10 CAA) used a 9-0 run to take a three-point lead with 14:38 to play in the half. The Blue Hens used a 15-2 run to take a 21-11 advantage with 9:54 remaining in the half. Elena Delle Donne had seven of Delaware's 15 points during that stretch. Senior forward Michelle Peebles made one of two from the foul line at 9:30 to cut the deficit to 21-13.
Delaware scored 16 of the game's next 19 points to take a 37-16 lead with 5:31 to play. The two teams traded baskets as Stephanie Leon's jumper at 2:42 gave Delaware its largest lead of the half, 45-21. Towson scored the final seven points of the half to make it a 45-28 game at the intermission. Freshman guard Dominique Johnson scored five of the seven points during that stretch.
Delaware shot 47.4% from the field in the first half and made 9-of-11 shots from the foul line. Towson shot 34.6% from the floor and went 8-for-11 from the charity stripe. The Blue Hens held a 27-14 advantage in the rebounding battle.
Williams got hot to start the second half, scoring the first seven points and pulling Towson to within 10. Williams' scoring spurt made it a 45-35 game with 18:32 to play. Delaware (19-3, 10-0 CAA) responded with an 11-4 run which made it a 56-39 game with 12:16 remaining. The Tigers scored seven of the next nine points in the game to pull to within 12, 58-46 with 9:35 to play. Peebles had four points during that stretch. That was as close as the Tigers were able to get the rest of the way.
An 11-2 scoring stretch by Delaware, gave the visitors a 69-48 lead with 6:36 to play. The teams traded baskets over the final 6:30 minutes of the game. Senior guard Katelyn Marshall drained a three-pointer for the game's final bucket with a minute to play. Marshall's bucket made it a 77-55 final.
Delaware shot 50% from the field in the second half and finished the game shooting 48.4%. The Blue Hens made 14-of-16 shots from the foul line for the game. Towson shot 42.3% in the second half and finished the game shooting 38.5%. Delaware finished the game with a 43-31 advantage in the rebounding battle; however the Tigers held a 17-16 lead in the second half.
Junior guard Tanisha McTiller led the Tigers with 16 points, six rebounds and two assists. Johnson added 14 points, five assists and five steals while Williams contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Delle Donne led all scorers with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Trumae Lucas had 14 points for the Blue Hens.
Towson returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 14 when it travels to Georgia State for a 7 p.m. game.