LEWISBURG, Pa. – Despite a career-high 31 points and a school record tying seven three-pointers from sophomore guard Dominique Johnson, the Towson University women’s basketball team fell at Bucknell 78-62 on Wednesday night.
Johnson is the fourth player in school history to hit seven three-pointers in a single-game. The other three to accomplish the feat were Simona Petronyte in 2010, Trinette Tucker in 1996 and Tara Rottet in 1992.
The game was a back and forth affair that featured two ties and 11 lead changes.
Towson jumped out to a quick 12-8 lead with 15:51 to go in the half as junior guard Markell Smith connected on a lay-up. Johnson had a pair of threes during the early action for the Tigers. A triple from Megan McGurk at 13:09 started an 8-4 run that gave Bucknell a 19-16 advantage with 9:43 remaining in the half. The two teams traded baskets before a jumper from redshirt junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen gave Towson a 24-23 edge with 7:32 to go in the half. Bucknell scored seven unanswered points to take the lead back 30-24 with 4:07 to go in the half. The Bison lead would fluctuate between two and five points over the final four minutes of the half as the home team took a 37-33 lead at the break.
Bucknell (4-4) shot 54.2% from the field in the first 20 minutes while Towson shot 36.8%. The Tigers held a 21-16 edge in the rebounding battle.
Bucknell opened the second half on a 9-5 run and pushed its lead to 46-36 with 16:16 to play. Towson (2-5) responded with a 14-2 run of its own to take a 50-48 lead with 11:39 remaining in the game. Johnson had eight of the Tigers’ 14 during that run. A free throw and a lay-up from Claire DeBoer gave Bucknell the lead back for good with 10:32 to play. The two teams traded baskets as Johnson hit a pair from the foul line at 7:52 to cut the Tiger deficit to one, 56-55. That was as close as the Tigers would get the rest of the way. Bucknell went 13-for-15 from the foul line in the final seven minutes to seal the 78-62 victory.
Bucknell shot 47.6% from the field in the second half and 51.1% for the game. The Bison were 25-of-32 from the foul line for the game. Towson shot 34.4% from the field in the second half and 35.7% for the game. The Tigers were just 5-for-16 from the charity stripe in the contest. Towson won the rebounding battle, 40-33.
Johnson led all scorers with her 31 points after going 11-for-18 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line. She added four assists and two rebounds. Hines-Allen had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers while Smith had a team-high nine rebounds.
Audrey Dotson led Bucknell with 22 points and six rebounds while Shelby Romine had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Towson is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 7 when the Tigers travel to George Washington for a 2 p.m. game.