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Towson women top Loyola, 63-50

By: Katherine Acquavella

LaTorri Hines-Allen

LaTorri Hines-Allen scored 17 points and led Towson with eight rebounds.

In Thursday night’s battle between two Baltimore foes,the Towson women’s basketball team, held on to beat the Greyhounds 63-50. The Towson University women’s basketball team crushed Loyola’s hopes of picking up their first win of the season as the Greyhounds’ lost their sixth-straight game. The Tigers snapped their three-game losing streak.

Towson was able to penetrate Loyola’s defense easily giving them an 11-5 lead early on in the game. The Tigers scored eight points off Loyola turnovers and at the half, the Tigers led by 11, 32-21. Towson scored 21 of the game’s first 28 points en route to their victory. Six Towson players scored at least four points. Junior Dominique Johnson led the team in points with 18, senior LaTorri Hines-Allen led in rebounds with eight and also had 17 points, and freshman Breonn Hughey led in assists with six.

The two teams were tied for 1:53 at 5-5 with 15:56 to play but Towson would pull away from Loyola and the Greyhounds would never get the lead all game. Senior Markell Smith notched a lay-up at 15:26 to start Towson’s 16-2 run. Hines-Allen scored a jumper at 10:06 which gave the Tigers a 21-7.

The Greyhounds answered with a 9-2 run of their own and cut the Tigers’ lead to 23-16. Sophomore Lisa Mirachi had five points during that run. Loyola’s run wasn’t enough to grab the lead before halftime. Towson scored nine of the final 14 points of the half and took a 32-21 lead at the break.

Towson opened the second half on a 12-4 run and took a 44-25 lead with 13:19 to play in the game, the largest lead of the game. Johnson scored five of the Tigers’ 12 during that stretch. Loyola used a 23-6 run to cut the 19-point Towson lead to only two points, 50-48, with less than five minutes. The Greyhounds’ run included junior Colleen Marshall scoring a lay-up and free throw and back-to-back threes by Mirarchi and senior Steph Smith. Johnson hit a pair of free throws for the Tigers that ceased the Greyhounds’ run. Johnson’s free throws were the start of six straight points from her to extend Towson’s lead to eight, 56-48 with 53 seconds to play. Towson went 7-for-8 from the foul line in the final 50 seconds of the game to seal their 63-50 victory. Allen made five of the Tigers’ seven while Smith made the other two.

Towson’s Johnson led all players with 18 points and Allen had 17. Mirarchi scored 17 for the Greyhounds, followed by Marshall who had 16. Smith contributed 10 and freshman Jeneh Perry came off the bench to grab 10 rebounds. Towson shot 44% from the field in the game and made five three-pointers. Loyola shot 30% from the field while making eight three-pointers. The Greyhounds held a 19-17 edge in the rebounding battle. As a team the Tigers blocked a season-high 11 shots in the contest. Towson’s led with 29 points in the paint, while Loyola had 12.

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Katherine Acquavella

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