Despite a furious second half rally and 36 points from senior guard Tanisha McTiller, the Towson women’s basketball team dropped its opening game of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament to the College of Charleston, 70-64, Friday night at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. With the loss, the Tigers ended their season with an overall record of 13-17.
Towson trailed by 11 points, 36-25, at halftime Friday night, but coach Niki Geckeler’s squad clawed their way back into the contest in the second half. The Tigers pulled within two points, 66-64, on a Ciara Webb jump shot with 23 seconds remaining in regulation time, but the Cougars hit four consecutive free throws to close out the scoring.
McTiller led all scorers with 36 points, matching a career high. Sophomore Dominique Johnson was the only other Tiger to score in double figures with 13 points. Junior LaTorri Hines-Allen pulled down 12 rebounds to lead Towson in that category.
Besides McTiller, the only other current Tiger who will not be returning next season is fellow senior Nyree Williams.
Third-seeded College of Charleston will now face second-seeded Delaware on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Top seed James Madison meets fourth-seeded Drexel at noon in the other semi-final match-up.