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WBB starts off conference play with win

11 January 2014 By Tyler Beard, Staff Writer No Comments

 The Tigers kicked off Colonial Athletic Association play with a 62-56 win against the Hofstra Pride Wednesday in Hampstead, N.Y.

Towson (7-7, 1-0 CAA) was able to control the tempo of the game from the start and barely trailed during the game.

“The game was a great win for us and a great way to open up CAA play, by getting a win on the road against a tough opponent,” senior guard Tanisha McTiller said. “All in all it was a total team effort and we couldn’t be happier with the win.”

The Tigers were up 27-22 with a minute left in the first half, but the Pride (5-8, 0-2 CAA) were able to tie it up at 27-27 going into the halftime.

Towson didn’t let the Pride continue their momentum in second half, as it dominated at the foul line and 3-point shot category.

Towson was able to shoot 9-12 from the foul line and 4-7 from beyond the arc in the second half.

The Tigers made the game interesting at the end, by committing two straight turnovers, which helped the Pride cut the lead to 52-50 with four minutes left.

But junior guard Markell Smith hit a quick jumper and junior forward Camille Alberson hit a three-pointer right after to give Towson a 57-50 lead, from which the team didn’t look back from.

Senior guard Tanisha McTiller struggled in the game, shooting just 5-21 from the field. But McTiller still managed to lead the team with 19 points and shot a perfect eight for eight from the free throw line.

Junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen dominated the boards, leading the team with 11 rebounds. Hines-Allen also scored 13 points and shot 5-9 from the field.

Alberson started for the Tigers against the Pride and made the most of her opportunity. She scored 13 points and shot 3-3 from beyond the arc.

“It was a great team effort as everyone really locked in to the game plan,” McTiller said. “Camille was huge for us shooting 3-3 from the three and defending against their post players really well.”

The win against Hofstra makes it three straight for Coach Niki Reid-Geckeler’s Tigers, as the team has pushed its record to .500.

Up next for the Tigers is a three-game home stand, which starts off with a matchup against the Northeastern Huskies (7-7, 1-0 CAA).

The Huskies are led by junior guard A’lece Mark and senior center Jewel Tunstull.

Mark missed the first six games of the season, but is now fully healthy and is averaging 18.9 points per game.

Tunstull will be the toughest player for the Tigers to matchup with, as she’s a 6-foot-three center. She is averaging 14.5 points per game and is shooting 52 percent this season.

Tunstull’s biggest asset is her CAA-leading 133 rebounds, averaging 9.5 rebounds per game.

Hines-Allen and senior center Nyree Williams will have to keep Tunstall off the boards as much as possible in order for the Tigers to win this game.

“[Northeastern] is a very tough team and picked to finish in third, a spot above us, in the preseason rankings,” McTiller said. “After coming off three wins in a row I’m feeling very good about where we’re at and look forward to another test against a great CAA opponent.”

The game tips-off on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the SECU Arena.

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