NEWARK, Del. - The University of Delaware scored 34 points off turnovers en route to a 76-44 win over the Towson University women's basketball team on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers were led by junior guard Tanisha McTiller's 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigers (6-10, 0-5 CAA) and Blue Hens (13-3, 4-0 CAA) played a closely contested first half as Delaware's 13-point lead at the break was the largest by either team in the first 20 minutes. Towson scored eight of the game's first 11 points and forced Delaware to call an early timeout. McTiller made a pair of free throws at 9:53 to give the visitors a 12-9 lead. Back-to-back three-pointers put Delaware ahead, 15-12. Baskets from forwards Michelle Peebles and Markell Smith gave Towson a 16-15 lead with 8:17 to go in the half. Delaware closed the half on an 18-4 run to take a 33-20 lead at the half. Elena Delle Donne scored 12 of the Blue Hen's 18 points during that stretch including 10 straight.
Towson shot 34.8% from the field in the first half while Delaware shot 40.7%. The Tigers held a 19-14 advantage in the rebounding battle in the first half.
The two squads traded baskets over the first six plus minutes of the second half as Delaware held a 39-26 lead with 13:25 to play in the game. Delaware used a 9-1 run to take a 48-27 lead with 10:38 to play. The Blue Hens' advantage would not fall below 20 points the rest of the way. A lay-up from Alecia Bell with one second remaining closed out the 76-44 win.
Towson shot 34.8% from the field in the second half and finished the game shooting 34.8%. Delaware shot 62.1% from the floor in the second half and finished the game shooting 51.8%. The Tigers finished the game with a 33-29 edge in the rebounding battle.
McTiller's "double-double" was her fourth since Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play began on January 6 and fifth of the year. Peebles matched her career-high with 17 points while grabbing six rebounds.
Delle Donne led Delaware with a season-high 38 points and four steals while Kayla Miller had five points and seven assists.
The Tigers will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 24 when they travel to William & Mary for a 7 p.m. game.