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McTiller moves to third on scoring list in Tiger win

5 February 2014 By Tyler Beard, Staff Writer No Comments

Senior guard Tanisha McTiller’s 33 points helped Towson secure a 67-62 win against Northeastern and gave the Tigers the series sweep.

McTiller came out of the gates strong, scoring 18 of her points in the first half. She finished 9-for-19 from the field and shot 15-for-22 from the free throw line. The 33 points helped raised McTiller’s average to 22.6 points per game, which leads the Colonial Athletic Association.

“Tonight was a great win for us against a very good Northeastern team,” McTiller said. “We came out from the jump and were very aggressive on the defensive end. We were able to hold them to 19 points in the first half and created a lot of offense from our defense. Whenever we lock in to our defensive plan we are able to produce efficient offense.”

Towson (10-11, 4-4 CAA) started off the game with a 6-0 run and continued to control through the first half. Junior guard Markell Smith hit a layup with five seconds left to give the Tigers a 37-19 lead at half against Northeastern (8-13, 2-6 CAA).

Northeastern started to battle back in the second half, though, and after a 16-7 run, the Huskies cut the Tigers’ lead to 54-51 with four minutes left.

However, Towson buckled down and went on a small 9-2 run to help secure the lead and give the team the win in the end.

Sophomore guard Dominique Johnson, who had 11 points, talked about the significance of the win.

“Yesterday’s game was a huge win on the road,” said Johnson. “Coach preached how it’s very important for us to go at them from the start, and with that being said, our defensive energy was tremendous. Tanisha McTiller had a stud performance, Nyree Williams had a key block in the stretch of the game, Markell Smith has been rebounding outstandingly, and the whole team’s energy rubbed on us and each other.”

One of the most important stats of the game was Towson holding Northeastern center Jewel Tunstull to just two rebounds. Tunstall came into the game averaging over eight rebounds per game.

McTiller spoke about how well her team performed in the win.

“Dominique did a great job running the team tonight and knocking down shots. Torri [Hines-Allen] and Nyree [Williams] were both very aggressive in the post and Markell rebounded the ball well. Ciara [Webb] gave us great minutes off the bench and hit a big step back three for us. All in all it was a great team effort and we’re looking to keep it rolling on Thursday.”

The Tigers next game is at home against the Hofstra Pride (9-10, 4-4 CAA).

Towson beat Hofstra earlier this season and will try and grab a series sweep against the Pride on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the SECU Arena.

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