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TU bests Tribe

23 February 2014 By Tyler Beard, Staff Writer No Comments

WBasketballWilliamandMary001-BurkeThe Tigers snapped their three-game losing streak with a 75-69 win over William & Mary on Thursday night at SECU Arena.

“I’m very excited and very pleased with the performance of our young ladies,” Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler said. “It was a team effort and we played hard all the way until the end.”

Towson (12-15, 6-8 Colonial Athletic Association) was able to shoot 55.6 percent from the field, which is the highest shooting percentage the team has shot at all season.

“I think a lot of people were touching the ball tonight and that’s how you beat a zone defense,” Geckeler said. “Very happy with the ability to share the ball and get a lot of people involved and it shows in the numbers.”

Towson came out on a roll early, taking a quick 17-8 lead, which involved a lot of good passing from the whole team.

William & Mary (7-18, 4-9 CAA) couldn’t get anything going in the first half and the half ended with junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen swatting the Tribe’s Marlena Tremba’s attempted layup into the stands.

Hines-Allen had one of her best games of the season, as she scored 24 points off 10-of-16 shots from the field and also grabbed 10 rebounds.

But after halftime, the Tribe was able to claw their way back into the game and managed to take a 62-61 lead with under seven minutes left to play.

Instead of losing composure, the Tigers came right back on the next possession, as sophomore guard Alliyah Berger hit a three-pointer, giving Towson the lead once again.

Berger had a strong performance coming off of the bench. She made 3-of-4 three-pointers and finished the game with 10 points.

“I just knew I had to come in and play defense and to listen to what my team told me,” Berger said. “I just shot the ball because they tell me all the time to shoot and this time I wasn’t hesitant.”

The Tigers played consistent basketball after Berger’s three-pointer and held off the Tribe for their sixth conference win of the season.

Hines-Allen’s performance has been consistent with her play ever since senior forward Nyree Williams went down with an injury. She’s been asked to step her game up, and has met the challenge.

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“I’m being more aggressive now,” she said. “With Nyree being out, that’s 10 points and eight rebounds [gone], so somebody has to step up. I’m taking that initiative to step up and lead my team more.”

Sophomore guard Domonique Johnson finished the game with 14 points and senior guard Tanisha McTiller had 13 points.

“I think this is getting us in the right mindset and tonight’s game was a payback game, so we have to keep it up,” Hines-Allen said.

The Tigers also fell to UNC Wilmington, 60-59, on Sunday. For coverage of Sunday’s road loss, visit thetowerlight.com

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