TU bear-ly sneaks past Morgan State
The Towson University women’s basketball team held off a late push by the Morgan State Lady Bears Monday to win the home opener at the Towson Center.
Towson (2-0) took a 13-12 lead with 12:03 left in the first half and never looked back, winning the game 61-57.
A free throw made by Morgan State (1-1) guard Tracey Carrington tied the game at 56 with 46 seconds left in the game.
After a Towson timeout, Head Coach Joe Mathews drew up an isolation play for freshman forward Krystal Pearson.
With 21 seconds left in the game, Pearson drove to the left side of the basket and made a layup, while also drawing a foul on the shot. Pearson converted the ensuing free throw to seal the victory for the Tigers.
“It was a loose ball, so I just attacked the basket,” Pearson said of the game-winning layup.
Mathews credits Pearson’s calmness for her ability to convert on the basket.
“I don’t have to worry about her composure, poise or being rattled,” Mathews said. “She’s got that piece under control.”
The win for the Tigers didn’t come easy, as starters Tanisha McTiller and Nyree Williams both fouled out in the game’s final minutes.
Losing McTiller and Williams, as well as starter Destiny Shearin who was battling an illness, was challenging for the Tigers. But Mathews said he had faith in his young team and was impressed with how it handled the circumstances.
“I’m really proud of this squad,” Mathews said. “It’s a hard fought win. This was a huge character win for a lot of reasons. When two of your most experienced players foul out, it challenges the rest of the group.”
One of the team’s more inexperienced players, sophomore Camille Alberson, rose to the occasion for the Tigers.
In 28 minutes, Alberson converted on six of nine field goal attempts, finishing with 14 points and a team high eight rebounds.
Alberson’s role in Tuesday’s win was the most extensive of her young career, and she credits her will to win for why she was so successful.
“I just had this mentality that I’m not losing this game. I had to step up and get the job done,” Alberson said.
The Tigers return to action Tuesday, Nov. 20, as the team travels to University of Maryland, Baltimore County for a 5 p.m. game.