Towson women roll past UMES

92-67 romp gives Tigers four-game winning streak

College Basketball

December 21, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The Towson women continued to roll along yesterday at the Towson Center.

In their first game in 11 days, the Tigers received double-figure scoring from six players and romped past UMES, 92-67, to achieve the program's first four-game winning streak since the 1998-99 season.

Towson (5-1) never trailed in its first of three straight games against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents.

"It's always a tough time of year to play with kids battling exams and thinking about Christmas," said Tigers coach Joe Mathews. "But I'm pretty pleased. We were fairly well focused most of the game."

UMES, which had not played since Dec. 3, hung in contention for more than a half despite early foul trouble that strapped leading scorer Tiffany Winkfield, who eventually fouled out with only eight points. But a torrid Towson shooting stretch beginning with 12 minutes remaining settled the outcome.

The decisive move was launched by guard LaShay Rose, who banked in a three-pointer from a near-impossible angle, then hit a more conventional one to increase Towson's lead to 57-40.

Then, transfer Kacy O'Brien, who earlier this season became the first Tiger ever to be named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week, scored 11 straight. Winkfield was disqualified shortly thereafter.

O'Brien finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, and reserve Tina Hopkins had a career game with 14 points and 11 rebounds to pace Towson.

"We had a good stretch where we just didn't miss," O'Brien said. "We just kept pushing the ball and it helped that she [Winkfield] got in foul trouble."

Winkfield and Octavia Thompson, who combined for 48 points when UMES (2-4) played Maryland, collected only 14 between them yesterday.

"We were able to handle the press well in the second half," Mathews added. "And when you have six in double figures, your offense is going well."

Towson was 8-for-10 on three-point attempts after the break.

"When Tiffany and Octavia don't get going, we get a little frustrated because the team feeds off those two," said Lady Hawks coach Surina Dixon. "We just weren't in sync and got a little frustrated."

UMES-Goodwin 4-9 1-1 11, Bailey 0-2 0-0 0, Winkfield 3-6 2-2 8, Thompson 2-8 2-2 6, Hatcher 4-8 2-2 10, Chase 0-1 0-0 0, Bennett 1-6 0-0 3, Grays 0-0 0-0 0, Jeter 0-0 1-2 1, Griffith 7-12 0-2 14, Cheatum 2-5 2-4 7, Okaro 2-3 1-2 5, Gooden 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 0-2 0-0 0, Tucker 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-63 11-17 67. TOWSON-Talbot 4-13 4-5 12, Fazlic 1-2 0-0 2, Robinson 4-7 1-2 11, Harris 3-4 0-1 8, O'Brien 8-15 2-3 20, Rose 4-7 2-2 12, West 1-2 0-0 2, Stimac 4-7 2-2 11, Hopkins 6-7 2-2 14. Totals 35-64 13-17 92. Half: Towson, 38-25. 3-point goals: UMES 4-15 (Goodwin 2-5, Cheatum 1-1, Bennett 1-2, Hatcher 0-2, Martin 0-2, Thompson 0-3); T 9-17 (Harris 2-3, O'Brien 2-3, Robinson 2-3, Rose 2-3, Stimac 1-2, Talbott 0-3). Rebounds: UMES 31 (Griffith 7); T 41 (Hopkins 11). Assists: UMES 9 (Bennett 4); T 23 (Harris 7). Total fouls: UMES 17, T 17. Fouled out: Winkfield. A: 367.

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