Towson women stop Mount, get 1st victory

13-game skid that dated to last season ends, 62-55

January 03, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Everything finally fell conveniently into place for the Towson women's basketball team last night.

Mount St. Mary's visited the Towson Center with Beth Foster, its leading rebounder and best all-around player, sidelined because of a groin injury.

Towson senior guard Mia Chapman (Elizabeth Seton) started 2003 with a flourish, scoring a career-high 27 points, 22 of them in the second half.

And -- unlike in three other home losses this season -- the Tigers dominated the closing minutes to score a 62-55 victory and end a 13-game losing streak that dated to last season.

"To get a win is better than a career high any time," said Chapman, who scored 11 straight Towson points at one juncture and went 7-for-9 at the line in the final two minutes. "I knew this was coming soon. We dug deep and said, `We're not going to lose this one.' "

Towson (1-8) had not beaten the Mount since 1990 and had dropped 12 of the previous 14 games in the series.

After some early troubles with Mount St. Mary's quicker guards, the Tigers' defense got extremely tight. Later in the first half, the Mount (3-7) experienced a field-goal drought that lasted more than nine minutes.

That enabled the Tigers to erase a 10-point deficit before Samira Rashid hit the final two baskets to give the Mount a 31-26 halftime lead.

It stretched to eight before the Mount underwent a 6 1/2 -minute drought from the field. During the same period, Chapman scored 11 consecutive Tigers points, including three three-pointers against a zone.

Trailing 58-50, the Mount cut it to four with help from some unwise Towson fouls, but Chapman closed it out with three more foul shots. She also finished with five assists, three steals and four rebounds.

"Our goal is to be the most improved team in the CAA [Colonial Athletic Association]," said Tigers coach Joe Mathews. "This is a good way to go into the league. Our defense has carried us because we have difficulty scoring. We take a lot of pride in it."

Myriam Baccouche was hampered by foul trouble but led the Mount with 21 points and nine rebounds in Foster's absence.

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