Towson picks up pace, tops UMBC women, 58-42


Before the game between UMBC and Towson State, coach Ellen Fitzkee told her Tigers they were to play hard and look at the game as preparation for the Big South tournament.

They didn't listen.

At halftime, Fitzkee said: "Pick up the tempo. . . . We're moving in slow motion."

Towson picked up the tempo and turned around a four-point halftime deficit for a 58-42 victory before 450 at UMBC Fieldhouse.

"I felt we did a good job at the half -- containing them to just 18 points," said Retrievers coach Kathy Solano. "On defense we did well in containing them, as well as [Trinette] Tucker."

Tucker, who finished with team highs of 17 points and five assists, and who scored 25 in the teams' first meeting this season, a 62-48 Tigers victory, was held to two points and two assists in the first half. But the true spark came from senior Amy Eberhart.

Eberhart, who tied a career high with 11 points, sank three of four three-pointers -- one coming at 11:58 to break a 32-32 tie and put Towson (14-12, 13-3) ahead 35-32.

"[Eberhart] wasn't shooting the open shot and I told her she had to start," Fitzkee said.

UMBC (12-14, 8-8) could not recapture the lead.

In her final home game, senior Eunice French (11 rebounds, five points) had to play cautiously after receiving a fourth foul with 13:48 remaining.

For the first time in the game, Towson put on a full-court press with 4:52 left. This caused four turnovers and sent Towson to the line on four occasions.

Freshman Jan Jacob (team-high 10 points) scored on a breakaway layup with 2:30 left, making the score 52-42, Towson.

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