By: Desmond Boyle, Staff Writer
Towson snapped an eight-game losing skid with a 62-51 win over the College of Charleston Sunday.
“We did a great job on defense and that really generated a lot of our offense,” Head Coach Nikki Geckeler said.
Charleston scored the first eight points of the game with four different players scoring for the Cougars within the first two minutes.
Freshman guard Sianni Martin then went on an eight point scoring run by herself connecting with two three-pointers before hitting a jump shot to tie the game with five and a half left in the first quarter. The Tigers and Cougars then traded buckets for the remainder of the quarter, which finished level at 16-16.
Towson then went on a 10-2 run to open the second quarter behind three pointers from Martin and senior guard Dominique Johnson.
The Tigers held a solid lead for the remainder of the half before a three pointer by freshman guard Darien Huff closed the gap for the Cougars, making it 32-25 at half.
The Tigers stayed in control early in the second half as Charleston only managed ten points in the third quarter, all of which came in the paint.
Towson was able to move the ball well, drawing fouls and the Tigers took advantage by going 5-of-6 from the line in the third. Martin closed the third out with a foul shot that gave Towson a 46-35 lead going into the fourth.
Charleston came out aggressive in the fourth quarter by implementing a full court trap that helped the Cougars hold Towson scoreless for the opening three and a half minutes of the quarter and tighten Towson’s lead to five.
Johnson then hit a three pointer before the Cougars press worked again and Charleston trailed only 51-48 with five minutes to play.
Johnson responded again hitting her third three pointer of the second half and after that Towson didn’t look back. Patient offense and consistent foul shooting helped Towson close out the 62-51 victory.
Four Tigers tallied double-digit points as Martin, Johnson, junior Raven Bankston and freshman Brittany Tarr all played their part in the victory. Tarr also pulled down a team high eight rebounds coming close to registering a double-double.
“We did a tremendous job executing,” Johnson said of the consistent scoring. “Everyone’s number that got called stepped up to the plate.”
Towson’s next game will be at Drexel this Friday at 7 p.m.