Nyree Williams (Howard) had a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds as Towson cruised to a 62-44 win at UMBC on Tuesday night.
Three Tigers scored in double figures as they won their third straight game to open the season.
Towson made quick work of scoring the game's first points. Williams controlled the tip and fed junior guard Tanisha McTiller for a basket just seven seconds into the contest. The two teams battled on each end of the court as a layup by Ashley Lambert at 11:49 gave UMBC a 12-11 edge. That proved to be the last lead of the half for the home team. The Tigers responded with back-to-back points from Michelle Peebles and Markell Smith. That gave the visitors a 15-12 lead with 10:56 to go in the half.
The teams traded baskets before a free throw from UMBC's Keri Kleist pulled the Retrievers to within 17-15 with 7:44 left. Towson closed out the first half on a 16-0 run to take a 33-15 lead at the break. McTiller had six points for the Tigers during that run while Williams scored five.
Towson shot 41.4 percent from the field and 70 percent in the first half. Williams led the Tigers with 11 first-half points. The Tigers held UMBC to 20.7 percent shooting from the field in the first half.
McTiller finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and a team-high five assists. Peebles was the third Tiger in double figures with 10 points.
Bria White led UMBC with 20 points, and Brittany Crowell had a team-high six rebounds.
Coppin State 75, Longwood 67: Kyra Coleman tied her career high with 24 points and the host Eagles (2-2) halted a two-game losing streak.
The Lancers fell to 1-4.
Coleman finished the game 9-for-20 from the field and 6-for-9 from the free-throw line to lead the Eagles in scoring for the fourth consecutive game. She also had seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Coleman established her career high when she scored 24 points against UMBC in the Eagles' previous game.
Leola Spotwood added 16 points and 11 rebounds as she posted her second consecutive double double.
Navy 71, Loyola 60: The host Mids (2-2) took charge early and never trailed, beating the Greyhounds (1-3).
Audrey Bauer led four Mids in double figures with 18 points, and Alyssa Sutherland had 14 for Loyola. Navy led by as many as 20 points.
Old Dominion 62, UMES 46: A combination of pressure defense and second-half scoring troubled the host Hawks (1-2).
ODU's Myeisha Hall made a pair of free throws for an 18-16 lead with 3:46 left in the first half. The Monarchs (4-0) never trailed again and led by as many as 20 in the second half.
Frostburg State 65, Penn State-Altoona 51: The visiting Bobcats (2-1, 0-0 Capital Athletic Conference) got off to a fast start with a 10-0 run, fueled by six points by Ronje James (Pikesville), in beating the Lions (0-3, 0-0).
Goucher 61, Wesley 48: Latifah Butler (Annapolis) had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the host Gophers' first win. Goucher (1-2) had the final six points of the first half to narrow the deficit to 26-23.
The Wolverines fell to 0-3.
Washington College 79, McDaniel 63: Erin Fitzgerald had a career-high 23 points and 17 rebounds to power the host Shorewomen (3-0, 1-0 Centennial Conference) past the Green Terror (1-2, 0-1).
Washington College shot 64 percent from the field in the first half and built a 42-31 lead. McDaniel shot 24 percent in the first half and was led by Steph Perez with 16 points.
Haverford 58, Johns Hopkins 39: The host Fords (1-1) held the Blue Jays (1-2) to nine points in the second half.
Hopkins led 30-27 at halftime, before the offensive collapse. Victoria Sobocinski had 15 points for Haverford. Alex Vassila had nine for Hopkins.
Virginia Wesleyan 73, Salisbury 55: Sarah Seipp scored a game-high 25 points to power the visiting Blue Marlins (1-2) past the Sea Gulls (1-2). Salisbury trailed 7-0 after two minutes and 35-30 at the break and was led by Katie McGahagan (Northeast) with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
St. Mary's 73, Meredith 45: The visiting Seahawks (3-0) had 12 of 15 players score, led by Joanna Murray with 12 points. St. Mary's got off to a fast start and led 31-17 at halftime. The Angels fell to 0-1.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun