Williams seals Towson win
The Tigers were able to beat the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds 76-56 after a dominant performance in the second half Monday afternoon at SECU Arena.
The game was tied at 30 going into halftime, but the Tigers (4-5) went on a tear in the second half, outscoring the Blackbirds (0-8) by a score of 46-26.
Senior forward Nyree Williams was the key contributor to Towson pulling away in the second half.
The Tigers were up 48-46 in the second half with 10 minutes to go when Williams was fouled while making a powerful lay-up.
Williams made her free throw to complete the three-point play to give Towson a 51-46 lead.
Williams’ three-point play sparked an 9-0 run for the Tigers and they were able to completely take over the game.
Williams finished the game with 10 points, 16 rebounds and seven steals, making it second straight double-double performance.
“Personally I just wanted to rebound because that’s always my main focus,” Williams said. “I ended up with quite a few steals, so I wanted to keep those up. Another big focus of mine was playing through a fever and getting through that.”
Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler weighed in on William’s performance as well.
“If you look at Nyree’s stat line in the game, she obviously did a tremendous job today,” Geckeler said. “She did a tremendous on the boards, points and also steals.”
It wasn’t all Williams though, as Towson had four of their starters score double-digits in the game.
Senior guard Tanisha McTiller had 17 points, including 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
McTiller also had seven rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore guard Domonique Johnson finished with 17 points as well, while shooting 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen also had a solid game down low, putting up 16 points and six rebounds.
The Tigers have now won two straight games and have transformed into a team that has multiple threats on the court.
Williams talked about the team’s win streak and how the Tigers are trying to put together a strong run.
“Before the George Washington game, we said we needed to win a game to really get us going and we believe that was the game to start our run,” Williams said. “Our team right motto right now is to string along some wins. Win the
games that were supposed to win and also win the one’s we’re not supposed to win as well.”
Geckeler echoed Williams and talked about her team going forward.
“We really talked about finishing this Christmas break strong,” Geckeler said. “Although we don’t like to look ahead, we talked about the process. As long as we take care of each step, the results will take care of themselves and that’s what we did in today’s game.”
The Tigers will get a week off until the team goes on the road to play against the Morgan St. Bears (1-6) on Dec. 18.
The game starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Talmadge L. Hill Field House in Baltimore.