RALEIGH, N.C. – A 21-6 run to close out the game allowed N.C. State University to hold off the Towson University women’s basketball team on Monday night in Raleigh, N.C. The Tigers were led by senior guard Tanisha McTiller, who scored 21 points for the second straight game.
N.C. State (2-0) opened the game on a 10-2 run and forced Towson Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler to call timeout with 17:15 to play in the half. Myisha Goodwin-Coleman had a pair of three-pointers for the Wolfpack in the early going. Towson responded by scoring four of the next six points to make it a 12-6 game with 15:37 remaining. Redshirt junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen had four points for the Tigers at that media timeout. The Wolfpack pushed its lead to 16-6 on a Markeisha Gatling lay-up at 14:02. Towson used a 10-5 run to cut the deficit to five, 21-16 with 9:45 to play in the half. McTiller had eight of the Tigers’ 10 during that stretch. N.C. State scored 17 of the half’s final 24 points to take a 38-23 lead at the break. Krystal Barrett had five points for the Wolfpack during that stretch.
N.C. State shot 57.1% in the first half and was aided by making five three-pointers. Towson shot 44% from the field and outrebounded N.C. State 14-12.
Gatling scored six of the first 10 points in the second half and N.C. State led 44-27 with 17:19 to play in the game. A Hines-Allen jumper at 17:10 started a 13-4 run by the visitors. That scoring spurt by the Tigers allowed them to pull to within eight, 48-40. It was the closest Towson had been to N.C. State since 6:21 of the first half. McTiller tallied eight of the Tigers’ 13 points during that stretch while Hines-Allen had the other five. The two sides traded baskets and a lay-up from McTiller made it a 50-42 game with 10:27 to play. However, that was the last point by the Tigers until 4:48 was left on the clock. N.C. State scored 11 unanswered points during that stretch and pushed their lead to 61-42. The two teams battled down the stretch as McTiller made one of two from the line with 59 seconds left to make the final score 69-46.
N.C. State shot 38.7% from the field in the second half and 47.5% for the game. Towson shot 34.6% in the second stanza and 39.2% for the game. The Wolfpack outrebounded the Tigers 27-12 in the second half and finished the game with a 39-26 advantage in the rebounding battle.
McTiller added two steals to her game-high 21 points. Hines-Allen contributed 12 points and seven rebounds while redshirt senior forward Nyree Williams had six points. Sophomore guard Alliyah Berger came off the bench to finish second on the team with five rebounds.
Gatling led N.C. State with 20 points and five rebounds while Len’Nique Brown had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Towson is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 16 when the Tigers host Manhattan at 7 p.m. in SECU Arena.