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TU falls to UDel for fourth straight loss

10 February 2013 By Kyle Casey, Staff Writer No Comments
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Towson suffered its fourth consecutive loss Thursday night as the team fell to No. 20 Delaware 77-55 at the Towson Center.

Towson (7-15, 1-10 Colonial Athletic Association) opened the game up with a fast start, jumping out to a 9-6 lead in the game’s early minutes.

Delaware’s potent offense, however, led by All-American guard/forward Elena Delle Donne found its niche midway through the first half.

The Blue Hens (19-3, 10-0 CAA) quickly regained the lead and never looked back. Delaware took a 45-28 lead into halftime.

“You pick your poison,” Head Coach Joe Mathews said of the game plan for Delle Donne. “We played the others and I felt that we did a good job defending everyone else.”

Despite scoring only 28 points in the first half, Towson guards Dominique Johnson and Tanisha McTiller both had double-digit scoring totals with 10 and 12 respectively.

McTiller went on to lead the Tigers in scoring with 16 points on the game.

She finished the game shooting 7-of-13 from the field, an improvement from an uncharacteristic performance against Drexel Tuesday when she shot 1-of-9.

McTiller’s success was aided by the improved play of Johnson, who is quickly becoming a centerpiece of the team’s offense.

Johnson credited Mathews’s communication with her for her continuous growth and success.

“There’s times when I make mental mistakes, but he just takes me to the side and tells me what it is,” Johnson said. “It helps me change my momentum.”

Controlling Delle Donne was a tough task for the Tigers, as she opened up the game by making five of her first nine shots.

The Towson offense, however, came out in the second half with intensity and reduced Delaware’s 17-point halftime lead to 10.

The quick start in the second half was a culmination of a 14-0 run by the Tigers dating back to the 2:42 mark in the first half.

Delle Donne and the Delaware offense quickly regained control and were able to hold off a second half push by the Tigers.

A surprise in the second half for the Tigers was the play of forward Nyree Williams. After scoring just one point in the first half, Williams finished the game with 13 points.

Williams also led the Tigers with 10 rebounds. She noted after the game that she needed to score more to help out the offense.

“I tried to help Tanisha out with scoring,” Williams said. “I felt that the paint was open so I just took it.

Williams finished the game with a “double-double,” her sixth of the season.

Mathews said he was pleased with Williams’s dominant second half performance.

“She’s done a really good job from midyear until now at minimizing fouls. She’s playing at a level now that’s the best I’ve ever seen her play,” Mathews said.

The Tigers return to action Thursday when the team travels to Georgia State. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

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