By: Tyler Beard, Staff Writer
Towson fell to the No. 15 Maryland Terrapins, 81-52, on Sunday at College Park, Maryland.
“It was a great opportunity to gain some experience against a team at that type of level of play,” Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler said about her team’s trip to College Park.
The Terps (7-2) started the game off with an early 5-2 lead, but the Tigers (3-6) went ahead 6-5 at the 17-minute mark after a layup from senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen and a jumper from junior guard Dominque Johnson.
Towson maintained its lead up until 13 minutes left in the half, as junior forward Tierney Pfirman hit a layup and put Maryland ahead, 11-10. The basket changed the tide of the game, as Maryland ended the first half with a 29-10 run and had a 40-20 lead at halftime.
Hines-Allen finished the first half with 12 points and shot 6-for-12 from the field. She finished the game with 21 points, which led the Tigers.
“Tori [Hines-Allen] is a tremendous player for our team and she has a great ability to score,” Geckeler said. “She is also a great rebounder down low, which makes her a double-double machine.”
The Terps opened the second half with a 9-0 run and extended their lead to 49-20. The Tigers could not find a way back into the game at that point and trailed the Terps by double-digits the rest of the way.
Towson finished the game with a 33.3 field goal percentage, while Maryland’s shot 49.3 percent. Maryland had 42 points in the paint and scored 24 points off of Towson’s turnovers.
The Terps had four players score in double figures, which included 17 points from sophomore center Brionna Jones.
Johnson was the second leading scorer for the Tigers, as she finished the game with nine points and had one three-pointer.
“Everyone expects us to lose games like this, but we have to take individual accountability and pull through adversity no matter what,” Johnson said.
Johnson has now made 19 three-pointers and is shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc this season, which leads the team.
“Domonique [Johnson] has one of the better three-point shots in the [Colonial Athletic Association] and is a real game-changer for our team,” Geckeler said.
The Tigers have another tough matchup coming up, as they will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-3).
The Demon Deacons are led by senior forward Dearica Hamby, who leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring and is averaging 22.9 points per game. Hamby is also shooting 58 percent from the field and is averaging 10.6 rebounds per game.
The Tigers will try to contain Hamby and the Demon Deacons on Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m.