NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University used an 8-2 run midway through the second half to reclaim the lead en route to a 65-55 victory over the Towson University women's basketball team on Thursday night. Juniors Tanisha McTiller and Nyree Williams led a hard fought effort by the Tigers (6-7, 0-2 CAA) with "double-doubles."
"I'm extremely proud of my team and the effort they put in tonight," said Coach Joe Mathews. "Old Dominion did a nice job of applying the pressure and forcing us into some situations we didn't want to be in. However, playing short-handed (eight players) we applied a strong effort and hopefully we can build on it."
Old Dominion (11-3, 2-0 CAA) jumped out to a 7-2 lead with 15:11 to play in the first half. McTiller responded by scoring eight of the game's next ten points to give Towson a 10-9 advantage with 12:29 to go. The two squads traded baskets and the Tigers held a 12-11 lead. The Lady Monarchs used a 7-0 run to take an 18-12 lead with 6:02 remaining in the first. The teams continued to battle on both ends of the court before Stephanie Gardner hit a pair of three-pointers which gave the home team a 25-18 lead. Two points each from McTiller and Williams made it a 25-22 game with 1:34 to play in the half. Jackie Cook hit the final bucket of the half at 1:15 to send Old Dominion into the break with a 27-22 lead.
Old Dominion scored six of the first eight points to start the second half and held a 33-26 lead with 17:37 to play. McTiller and Williams combined to score the game's next seven points, which tied the score at 33-33 with 15:31 to go. The Lady Monarchs briefly took the lead back before sophomore guard Ciara Webb nailed a three-pointer at 14:09 to give the Tigers a 36-35 lead. Old Dominion used an 8-2 run to take a 43-38 lead with 11:46 to go. Williams made one-of-two from the line at 10:52 which made it a 43-39 game. The Lady Monarchs scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a 54-41 lead, their largest of the game. Towson used a 12-4 run to cut the home team's lead to 59-53 with 31 seconds left. However, Old Dominion scored six of the final eight points in the game for a 65-55 victory.
Towson shot 50% from the field in the second half and finished the game shooting 40.4%. The Tigers made 6-of-12 opportunities from the charity stripe. Old Dominion shot 44.9% from the field and 81% (17-of-21) from the foul line. Towson won the rebounding battle, 39-29.
McTiller posted her third straight "double-double" as she finished with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. She also contributed seven assists and four steals. Williams had 16 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth "double-double" of the year. Sophomore forward Markell Smith and senior forward Michelle Peebles added six points and two rebounds each.
Shae Kelley led Old Dominion with 14 points and six rebounds while Galaisha Goodhope came off the bench to score 12 points.
Towson returns home on Sunday, Jan. 13 to host Georgia State at noon.