Tucker shoots Towson by UMBC women, 62-48

January 19, 1995|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

On Monday, Towson State sophomore forward Trinette Tucker was named Big South Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. If she continues playing the way she did last night, Tucker may make it three in a row.

Tucker scored 15 of her 25 points in the second half to lead the Tigers to a 62-48 victory over UMBC at the Towson Center.

The victory was the fourth in a row for Towson State (5-8, 4-0) and gave it sole possession of first place in the conference ahead of UNC-Greensboro (3-0 in league). The Tigers play at Greensboro on Sunday.

UMBC (6-6, 2-1), which was led by center Eunice French's 17 points and 17 rebounds, had its four-game winning streak ended.

Tucker, who also had seven rebounds, four steals and four assists, has scored 20 or more points in five straight games.

A transfer from Fairfield, she became eligible after the first semester. Towson State, 1-6 before Tucker's arrival, has won four of six since.

"Trinette is a good all-around player and a floor leader," coach Ellen Fitzkee said. "She takes a lot of initiative and she makes each one of our players better."

There were 13 lead changes until Tanya Belair's basket put Towson State ahead for good, 38-36, with 10:42 remaining.

Towson State went on to extend its lead to 43-38, but the Retrievers later pulled within 45-43 on Jennifer Gloyd's basket with 5:55 left. Tucker made two free throws to boost the Tigers' lead to 47-43 with 4:19 remaining.

UMBC then turned the ball over on a back court violation, before Tigers senior point guard Amy Eberhart (Mount Hebron) made a three-pointer.

Eberhart led the team with eight rebounds and six assists.

"That was a big basket," Fitzkee said. "She's done that in other games as well. She plays good defense and she does a great job rebounding out of the guard position."

UMBC, which lost point guard Tori Moten to a sprained right ankle in the first half, managed to get within 52-45, but the Tigers ended the game on a 10-3 run, including an 8-for-8 performance from the line.

"Our second-half effort was non-existent," UMBC coach Kathy Solano said. "Our decision-making on offense was poor. And at times in the second half we played matador defense."

UMBC -- Jacob 3-12 2-2 8, Cicak 0-1 0-1 0, French 7-13 3-5 17, Moten 1-5 0-0 2, Damann 0-8 0-0 0, Gloyd 3-8 0-1 7, Smith 2-8 0-0 5, Boyd 1-4 1-2 3, Tibbs 1-2 4-4 6. Totals 18-61 10-15 48. TOWSON STATE -- Belair 3-9 4-4 10, Tucker 8-19 7-10 25, Schaffrick 4-11 0-0 8, Joyner 2-10 2-4 6, Eberhart 1-2 0-0 3, Meyers 0-1 0-0 0, Castaldi 0-2 0-0 0, Jensen 0-1 0-0 0, Keiner 4-7 2-2 10. Totals 22-62 15-20 62.

Halftime--UMBC, 26-25. 3-point goals--UMBC 2-14 (Smith 1-3, Gloyd 1-4, Jacob 0-1, French 0-1, Moten 0-1); Towson State 3-9 (Tucker 2-5, Eberhart 1-2, Joyner 0-1, Keiner 0-1). Rebounds--UMBC 49 (French 17); Towson State 39 (Eberhart 8). Assists--UMBC 9 (Smith 3); Towson State 14 (Eberhart 6). Total fouls--UMBC 14; Towson State 17. Fouled out--none. Technicals--none. A--243.

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