Tigers fall to Bucknell without McTiller
The Tigers weren’t able to build off of their win against UMBC, losing to the Bucknell Bison 78-62 on the road Wednesday night.
Towson (2-5) started off the game with a huge disadvantage, as the team played without senior guard Tanisha McTiller, who leads the team with 17.7 points per game.
Without the Tiger’s team leader, other players had to step up for the Towson.
One of these players was sophomore guard Dominique Johnson, who led the team with a career-high 31 points, shooting 11-of-18 from the field. Most of Johnson’s points game from beyond the arc, as she hit seven three-pointers.
Johnson’s career night helped the Tigers early, as they kept it tight in the first half, only trailing the Bison (4-4) by a score of 37-33.
In the second half, Towson’s offense picked up, as the Tigers took a 50-48 lead off of a jump shot from Johnson with just over 11 minutes left in the game.
But Bucknell quickly turned in a 7-0 run to take a 55-50 lead and never looked back.
The Tigers were never able to get back into the game and the Bison came away with the win, with the team shooting 51.1 percent from the field for the game.
Forward Audrey Dotson, who had 22 points led Bucknell. But it was a team-win for the Bison, as all five starters were able to score in double-digits.
Towson struggled shooting the ball, only making 35.7 percent of its shots from the field for the game.
The Tigers also only made 5-of-16 free throws in the game.
The one category Towson excelled at was winning the rebound battle against Bucknell. The Tigers out-rebounded the Bison 40-33. With rebounding being a consistent strength for the Tigers, the team will look towards converting those rebounds into more scoring opportunities.
Aside from Johnson, junior forward LaTorri Hines-Smith had a solid game for the team, scoring 17 points off of 8-of-21 shots.
The Tigers are now 2-5 on the season and still have their work cut out for them. But struggles are expected, with the team carrying only two seniors.
As the season goes along, the team will look to mesh and come together more in order to start putting up more wins in the win column.
Up next for Towson is an away game against the George Washington Colonials (4-3).
The Colonials are 3-0 at home this season and are led by graduate guard Megan Nipe, who is averaging 18.4 points per game.
The game will be played on Saturday at 2 p.m. from Washington, D.C., as the Tigers look to get back in the win column.