Towson women turn tables on Morgan, 66-47

Streaking Tigers avenge last year's defeat, keep Lady Bears winless

December 23, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Morgan State women's basketball team edged Towson when the two teams met last Dec. 21. The Tigers last night showed Morgan State how much things have changed as they dominated the Lady Bears from start to finish in a 66-47 victory at Hill Field House.

The Lady Bears (0-9) have lost 27 straight since their 43-40 victory over Towson last year. Towson (6-1), which finished 3-25 last season, won its fifth straight by controlling the tempo, out-rebounding Morgan State at both ends and playing tough defense to ruin the Lady Bears' home opener.

Morgan State is the third team that Towson has paid back for a loss last season. The Tigers have also beaten UMBC and Army and clearly are an improved team.

"We've been able to turn it around a little bit," Towson coach Joe Mathews said. "We recruit [for] unselfish [players], and we believe it will pay off."

Forward Armina Fazlic finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The senior from Bosnia, in her third season with Towson, went 5-for-6 from the floor, hitting shots and grabbing rebounds from a variety of spots.

"I guess I was just ready today," Fazlic said. "It took me awhile to get used to the American style, but [now] I like to be everywhere on the court."

Kelli Talbot led Towson with 13 points. Kelly Robinson added eight points and nine rebounds as the Tigers held a 44-33 rebounding edge. Towson point guards Brandi Harris and LaShay Rose (nine points) had five and four assists, respectively, and Kacy O'Brien added five assists as the Tigers had 19 assists on their 26 baskets.

The large number of high-percentage shots helped Towson race to a 39-17 halftime lead.

The Lady Bears again were hurt by offensive problems. Morgan State lacked patience and couldn't find open players, especially in the first half, when they shot 24 percent (6-for-25).

Morgan State forward Candace Holmes finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. The junior was scoreless in the first half but went 8-for-10 from the field and got 10 rebounds after the break.

Whitney Johnson added 13 points for Morgan State, but no other Lady Bear scored more than seven.

"We need to be more disciplined and efficient on offense," Holmes said. "We just need to execute, and we have to be more consistent."

TOWSON-Talbot 4-16 5-8 13, Robinson 4-10 0-2 8, Fazlic 5-6 0-1 10, Harris 2-4 0-1 6, O'Brien 1-7 2-7 4, Rose 3-4 0-0 9, West 3-5 0-0 6, Stimac 1-4 0-0 2, Hopkins 3-6 2-4 8. Totals 26-62 9-23 66. MORGAN STATE-Gaskins 1-4 1-4 3, Holmes 8-14 1-3 18, Vargas 1-6 2-4 4, Watson 3-10 0-0 7, Johnson 5-13 1-2 13, Robinson 0-2 0-0 0, Henry 1-8 0-0 2, Jones 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-59 5-13 47. Half-Towson, 39-17. 3-point goals-T 5-18 (Rose 3-3, Harris 2-4, Stimac 0-1, O'Brien 0-2, Robinson 0-3, Talbot 0-5); MS 4-13 (Johnson 2-3, Holmes 1-3, Watson 1-4, Robinson 0-1, Henry 0-2). Fouled out-Gaskins. Rebounds-T 44 (Fazlic 13); MS 33 (Holmes 13). Assists-T 19 (Harris, O'Brien 5); MS 10 (Robinson 3). Total fouls-T 16; MS 19. A-n/a.

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