Late free throws doom Tigers
The Tigers blew a late lead in the second half and lost a heartbreaker to the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, 60-59 on Sunday at Trask Coliseum.
“When we lose that building for just one second we give our opponent that much confidence,” sophomore guard Dominique Johnson said.
It was a game which featured a back-and-forth contest between the Tigers (12-15, 6-8 Colonial Athletic Association) and Seahawks (4-24, 3-11 CAA).
UNC Wilmington guard Brie Mobley hit two free throws with under 30 seconds left to give the Seahawks a 28-27 lead to go into halftime.
Towson came out of halftime with solid energy though and took a 57-50 lead after a layup from junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen with three minutes left in the game.
But the Seahawks rallied back and cut the lead to 59-58 with seven seconds left.
Hines-Allen turned the ball over the very next possession and sophomore guard Dominique Johnson fouled Seahawks guard Kelva Atkins, which sent her to the free throw line with two seconds left.
Atkins didn’t let the pressure get to her and made the tie and go-ahead free throws to give UNC Wilmington a 60-59 win.
Towson had a good offensive performance Sunday, shooting 50.9 percent in the game.
A contributing factor for the loss was three-point shooting. The Tigers went 2-for-11 from three-point range.
Hines-Allen had another impressive game for the Tigers, with 22 points off 11-of-14 shots from the field.
Senior guard Tanisha McTiller had 15 points and Johnson had 12 points.
While it was a tough loss for the Tigers, Johnson said that the team is still focused.
“We have two more games that we need to get before heading into our tournament,” Johnson said. “However, we have to build off each other every second of every game.
“I think it’s important that we stick together until the end because we’re not finished yet,” Johnson said.
The Tigers will finish off the season against College of Charleston (14-12, 7-6 CAA) and Drexel (12-14, 7-6 CAA).
Towson has the chance to move up in the CAA standings if it wins the last two games, which could give the team a better position in the conference tournament.
The Tigers get a week off before they play College of Charleston on Sunday at SECU Arena for Senior Night. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.