Johnson’s 27 points propel Tigers to victory

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By: Tyler Beard, Staff Writer

Towson defeated Northeastern, 72-64, on Sunday, as junior guard Dominique Johnson led the team with 27 points.

“It’s always great to get a good team win like today,” Johnson said. “Offensively, I was comfortable, but our defense created those opportunities.”

Both teams kept even in the first few minutes until senior guard Ciara Webb made a three-pointer that gave the Tigers (10-14, 6-6 Colonial Athletic Association) a 12-9 lead. Freshman center Daijha Thomas made a layup the next possession and freshman guard Breonn Hughey made a jumper after that, which extended the Tigers’ lead to 16-9 over the Huskies (4-18, 1-11 CAA).

Towson controlled the rest of the first half and had a 15-point lead with less than two minutes left after back-to-back three-pointers from freshman guard Shanea Butler and Hughey. Northeastern scored four points before the half ended, but Towson went into the locker room with a 38-27 lead.

The Tigers shot  48.5 percent from the field in the first half, including 6-for-11 from beyond the arc. Butler had nine points off of a trio of three-pointers.

Northeastern opened up the second half with a three-pointer that cut

Towson’s lead to eight points. Towson didn’t score in the first four minutes half until Johnson scored six straight points and a three-pointer from Webb extended Towson’s lead to 47-32 with less than 15 minutes left in the game.

The Huskies chipped at the Tigers’ lead and trailed by seven points with less than eight minutes left. However, Hughey scored off a jumper the next possession and Johnson made a three-pointer one minute later, which gave the Tigers a 62-50 lead.

The Tigers controlled the rest of the game and finished with a 44.4 shooting percentage.

Johnson’s 27 points came off of shooting 10-for-21 from the field, including four three-pointers. She also finished with five steals. Hughey finished with 10 points and nine assists, and redshirt senior LaTorri Hines-Allen led the team with 14 rebounds.

“This will be a tough week, as we face [James Madison] one more before the tournament and Drexel, who we haven’t played yet,” Johnson said.

Towson plays the James Madison Dukes (20-2, 11-0 CAA) on Thursday at 2 p.m. Then, it will face Drexel Dragons (14-9, 8-4 CAA) on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both games are at SECU Arena, where Towson lost to Elon last week,
“We go into this week with confidence and we just have to build off from that,” Johnson said.

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