Towson tops Liberty, 77-69, reaches semis


RADFORD, Va. -- Big South Player of the Year Trinette Tucker was 3-for-15 from the field. Towson State was out-rebounded, 47-30.

But in a game that was by no means textbook, No. 2 seed Towson State defeated seventh-seeded Liberty, 77-69, last night the quarterfinals of the women's Big South tournament at Radford University.

After cutting the deficit to 68-65 with 2:42 seconds remaining, Liberty (7-20) got no closer.

Tucker hit three of four free throws in the final 35 seconds to provide the final margin of victory.

E9 Tucker led Towson (15-12) with a game-high 21 points.

Coastal Carolina 65, UMBC 55

Coastal Carolina used strong defense and solid shooting to defeat the Retrievers in a quarterfinal.

No. 4 seed UMBC (12-15) shot 8-for-35 in the first half, and the fifth-seeded Chanticleers (12-15) shot 48 percent..

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