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Towson State ousts Northeastern Tigers open America East tourney with 62-49 win; State women


Senior forward Trinette Tucker scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds as eighth-seed Towson State defeated ninth-seeded Northeastern, 62-49, yesterday in the first round of the America East women's basketball tournament at the Towson Center.

The Tigers (11-16), who stopped a six-game losing streak, will play top-seeded and host Maine in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Northeastern (4-23) ended the season having lost 10 straight games.

Towson State fell behind early, but used a 22-2 run to lead 26-15 at halftime.

The Tigers held Northeastern to just 26.2 percent shooting for the game.

* North Carolina-Greensboro 68, UMBC 50: Hurt by 31 turnovers, the UMBC women fell behind early and lost to North Carolina-Greensboro in the first round of the Big South Conference tournament in Lynchburg, Va..

UMBC (4-23) got a game-high 24 points from junior all-conference guard Kendra Damann, who went 11-for-19 from the field and also had eight rebounds.

The top-seeded Spartans opened the game with a 22-6 lead, holding the Retrievers scoreless for a stretch of more than seven minutes.

But the Retrievers stormed back with a 13-8 run, capped by Maggie McDevitt's jumper with 42 seconds to play in the half that made it 33-21. The Spartans committed a turnover on their next possession and UMBC had a chance to cut the lead to 10 at the half. But Spartans freshman Belinda Goodson stole the ball from McDevitt at midcourt, leading to a fast-break layup by Samantha Ferguson at the buzzer and a 35-21 halftime advantage.

The Retrievers opened the second half with three straight field goals to cut the gap to 35-27 on an inside layup by sophomore center Monica Logan with 17: 48 to play, but the Spartans outscored UMBC 28-16 over the next 11 minutes to put the game out of reach.

"I'm proud of the way my kids came out in the second half," UMBC coach Kathy Solano said. "It would have been very easy for us to fold and I think we showed a lot of guts and courage at the beginning of the second half."

North Carolina-Greensboro was led by Viverette and Melinda Goodson with 14 points apiece.

Pub Date: 2/28/97

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