Greyhounds race past Tigers 52-44
Over Thanksgiving break, Towson faced two local rivals, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Loyola.
The team traveled to UMBC Tuesday, Nov. 20 to take on the Retrievers (2-3).
In the matchup, the Tigers (3-1) were victorious, cruising to a 62-44 win.
At the half, Towson had over double the points UMBC did, leading the Retrievers 33-15.
The teams stayed close for most of the half until UMBC hit the 15-point mark. After that, the Tigers went on to score 16 straight points to close out the half.
At one point in the second, Towson had a 24-point lead, 56-32, but a couple free throws, jumpers and a three-pointer from UMBC helped close the gap.
While both teams scored 29 points in the second half, the damage had already been done in the first and the Retrievers weren’t able to overcome the deficit, leaving Towson with the victory.
Junior forward Nyree Williams led the Tigers in scoring with 22 points and also added 12 rebounds for a “double-double.”
Junior guard Tanisha McTiller came close to a “double-double” of her own with 11 points and nine rebounds on the night.
Towson’s shooting improved in the second half, going from 41.4 percent up to 46.2 percent.
The Tigers’ sharp shooting overshadowed the Retrievers’ as UMBC only netted six of 29 attempts in the first half and 10 for 26 in the second half.
However, Sunday’s game at Loyola (2-3) wasn’t as kind to the Tigers. Towson suffered its first loss of the season 52-44.
Towson’s offense struggled to score in the first half and couldn’t find its niche in the second, resulting in the eight-point loss.
“We just couldn’t get anything to fall,” Head Coach Joe Mathews said. “It became a confidence issue. We were impatient in the first half and not very aggressive. The shots we got just weren’t quality shots.”
Towson’s offensive woes were noticeable throughout the game, as the team shot just 12.5 percent from the field in the first half and 28 percent for the game.
Loyola’s offense noticeably went down in the second half, going from making 47.6 percent of its shots down to 33.3 percent, netting nine of 27 shots.
However, Williams continued her early season success, registering her third “double-double” in four games with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Mathews said he was pleased with her play against Loyola.
“It’s what we expected from her,” he said. “She needs to be a ‘double-double’ kid on a nightly basis. She has to just work on knocking down free throws to become a more well-rounded player.”
In the end, it was the Greyhounds’ free throws that helped them leap to a lead.
In the first half of the game, the team made three of six shots and in the second netted all four.
The Tigers were able to score on 10 of 13 frees in the first, but couldn’t get the job done in the second, only netting three of eight for a 37.5 percent success rate.
With this being just the first loss of the season, Mathews expects the team to respond quite well to the adversity.
“From what I know about them I think they’ll respond well and we’ll get back to our winning ways,” Mathews said. “They’re not a group that hangs their heads for very long.”
The next game for the Tigers is Wednesday night, as the team returns to the Towson Center to take on Coppin State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.