Swallowing the Pride
Senior guard Tanisha McTiller banked in a jump shot with five seconds left to help propel the Tigers to a 65-63 win against the Hofstra Pride on Thursday at SECU Arena.
“I just saw an opening and I took it,” McTiller said. “I just took what the defense gave me.”
The Tigers (11-11, 5-4 CAA) were tied with the Pride (9-11, 4-5 CAA) when McTiller brought the ball down the court with 20 seconds remaining in the game.
McTiller called for an isolation play and drove through the lane to hit the game-winning shot that pushed the Tigers record back to .500 this season.
Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler praised McTiller’s play and spoke about the team’s win.
“Anytime you can find a way to win at this point in the season is crucial,” Geckeler said. “Tanisha McTiller understands that sense of urgency and she wants to win.”
McTiller continued her strong offensive play in this game, scoring 29 points off of 12 field goals from the field and 17 first-half points.
Towson jumped out to a 16-2 start, and looked to have the momentum throughout the first half.
But senior forward Nyree Williams went down with a foot injury in the second half that took her out of the game and gave the Pride an opening to get back into the game.
Williams was a key to the run before her injury, shooting 4-for-5 from the field, which included some outside jumpers.
Junior forward Camille Alberson had to fill in for Williams, as Hofstra climbed back into the game and she didn’t disappoint the Tigers.
Alberson managed to score seven points and also had five rebounds after subbing in for Williams. Her production kept the Tigers alive and helped the team secure the win.
“The number one rebounder on our team [Williams] went down and I knew I had to step in and be there for my team,” Alberson said.
Geckeler spoke about losing Williams in the game and how the team just needed to keep a positive outlook throughout the game.
“The key is to remain focused on the game plan,” Geckeler said. “It’s difficult when you lose one of your family members and you could see it on everyone’s faces. But when everyone saw her [Williams] get back
on the bench, the team continued to push.”
Junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen was also a key factor in helping the Tigers win, as she finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
It was a huge win for the Tigers, as the team’s 5-4 CAA record puts them in the top half of the league.
Towson’s next game is an away game against James Madison (18-4, 8-0 CAA). The Dukes previously beat the Tigers 62-57 at home earlier in the season.