TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University women’s basketball team rallied from a 13-point deficit and rolled to a 63-43 win over Manhattan College on Saturday night in SECU Arena. A balanced team effort allowed the Tigers to give Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler her first win at Towson.
“This was a great win for us, I’m happy for the young ladies,” said Reid Geckeler. “We really talked about our effort, coming together, coming out and playing defense and they really did it today and it was an overall good team effort.”
Manhattan came out of the gate hot and opened the contest on a 16-3 run. The Jaspers scored 16 straight points after the Tigers hit the game’s first basket and that run included four three-pointers. Monica Roeder’s three-pointer at 11:28 bookended the run by the visitors.
Junior guard Ciara Webb hit a jumper at 11:04 that jump started a 14-0 run by the Tigers and turned a three-point deficit into a one-point advantage. Redshirt junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen free throws at 6:39 capped the run, which gave Towson a 17-16 lead. Webb had six of the Tigers’ 14 points during that run. Kayla Grimme’s lay-up at 6:15 briefly halted the Tiger run and gave Manhattan back the lead at 18-17. Towson scored 11 of the final 14 points in the half to take a 28-21 lead at the half.
Towson shot 28.1% from the field to Manhattan’s 24.1% in the first 20 minutes. The Tigers were aided by making 9-of-12 attempts from the foul line in the first half. Towson outrebounded the Jaspers 33-16 in the first stanza. Webb led Towson with six points at the break.
Manhattan scored the first basket to start the second half to cut the deficit to five. However, the Tigers responded by scoring 16 of the next 18 points to take a 44-25 lead with 14:08 to play. Hines-Allen and senior guard Tanisha McTiller each scored five points during that run by the home team. The two teams traded baskets as a lay-up by junior forward Camille Alberson at 9:20, gave Towson a 48-29 lead. Manhattan used a 9-1 run to cut its deficit to 13, 49-36 with 5:39 to play. Blake Underhill scored five of the Jaspers’ nine during that spurt. That was as close as Manhattan would get the rest of the way.
A pair of free throws from McTiller at 2:27 put the Tigers up 59-39. A jumper from sophomore guard Dominique Johnson gave Towson a 63-41 lead with 40 seconds to play. That was Towson’s largest lead of the game. Grimme connected on a lay-up with 14 seconds left to make the final score, 63-43.
Towson shot 46.7% in the second half and 37.1% for the game. Manhattan shot 34.5% in the second stanza and 29.3% for the game. The Tigers dominated the rebounding battle, 54-31, as all 10 players recorded at least one rebound in the game.
Nine of the 10 Tigers who played in the game scored at least one point and that group was led by McTiller. The senior leader finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for her second “double-double” in three games this season. She added six assists and two steals. Hines-Allen was the second Tiger in double figures with 12 points and four rebounds. Webb had a strong showing off the bench with eight points, seven rebounds and a team-high four steals.
Grimme led Manhattan with 17 points and nine rebounds while Roeder added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Towson is back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 19 when the Tigers travel to former CAA foe, George Mason for a 4:30 p.m. tip.