BALTIMORE, Md. - The Towson University women's basketball team used a balanced team effort for a 62-44 win at UMBC on Tuesday night. The Tigers (3-0) placed three players in double figures as they won their third straight game.
The Tigers made quick work of scoring the game's first basket. Junior forward Nyree Williams controlled the tip and fed junior guard Tanisha McTiller for a basket just seven seconds into the contest. The two teams battled on each end of the court as an Ashley Lambert lay-up at 11:49 gave UMBC at 12-11 lead. That proved to be the last lead of the half for the home team. The Tigers responded with back-to-back buckets from senior forward Michelle Peebles and sophomore forward Markell Smith. That gave the visitors a 15-12 lead with 10:56 to go in the half.
The two teams traded baskets before a free throw from UMBC's Keri Kleist pulled the Retrievers to within two, 17-15 with 7:44 left. Towson closed out the first half on a 16-0 run to take a 33-15 lead at the break. McTiller had six for the Tigers during that run while Williams tallied five points.
Towson shot 41.4% from the floor and 70% in the first half. Williams led the Tigers with 11 first half points. The Tigers held UMBC to just 20.7% shooting from the floor in the first half.
UMBC opened the second half on an 11-4 run to make it a 37-26 game with 16:59 to play. Towson responded by scoring 19 of the next 25 points to take a 56-32 lead with 8:16 to play. Peebles had eight points for the Tigers during that stretch. The two teams continued to battle as the Tigers' lead fluctuated between 19 and 23 points over the next several minutes. Freshman guard Alliyah Berger hit a lay-up with 32 seconds left to make it a 62-41 game. UMBC hit a three-pointer with 25 seconds left to make the final score, 62-44.
Towson shot 46.2% from the floor in the second half and finished the game shooting 43.6%. The Tigers shot 68.8% from the free throw line and won the rebounding battle for the third straight game, 47-29. UMBC shot 38.5% in the second half and 29.1% for the game.
Williams led the Tigers with a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds for her second "double-double" of the year. McTiller finished just shy of a "double-double" with 11 points and nine rebounds. She also added a team-high five assists. Peebles was the third Tiger in double figures with 10 points.
Bria White led UMBC with 20 points while Brittany Crowell had a team-high six rebounds.
The Tigers are back in action on Sunday, Nov. 25 when they travel to Loyola (Md.) for a 2 p.m. game.