Roundup: Towson women top William & Mary, 77-75, in last second

January 13, 2012|From Sun staff reports

Sheree Ledbetter scored with four-tenths of a second remaining to give Towson a 77-75 win over William & Mary on Thursday at the Towson Center.

The Tigers (11-4, 2-2 Colonial Athletic Association) ended a two-game losing streak with their fourth win this season in the final 10 seconds of play.

"I'm proud of the way we responded," said coach Joe Mathews. "You can't simulate [late game situations] in practice. This league is full of close games, and our team is really confident that if we have the ball at the end of the game we can find a way to win."

The last-second basket came after the Tribe (8-7, 1-3 CAA) tied the game at 73-73 with 50 seconds left. Krystin Fields hit a pair of free throws with 25 seconds to go to put Towson up 75-73. William & Mary's Taysha Pye hit a layup with six seconds left to tie the game at 75. The Tigers brought the ball up, and Tanisha McTiller found Ledbetter for the winning layup.

Towson led 48-37 coming out the break and quickly pushed its lead to 54-41 as senior guard Krystal Parnell made a layup with 18:05 to play.

UMBC 73, Stony Brook 47: The host Retrievers (9-8, 3-1 America East) outscored the Seawolves 49-23 in the second half, using 20 points from Erin Brown to overcome a 10-point first-half deficit.

Tied after 20 minutes at 24, UMBC went on a 9-2 run to open the second half and never were headed, claiming its fourth straight victory over Stony Brook (4-13, 1-3).

America East Rookie of the Week Lauren Chase finished one assist shy of her second career double double, finishing with 13 points and nine assists. Kristin Coles recorded her first double double of the season, scoring 11 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Shaw 87, Bowie State 48: The host Bears (7-5, 3-0 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) held the Bulldogs (1-10, 1-3) to 18 points in the first half and outscored them by 20 in the second.

Juliette Turner led Bowie with 15 points, and Brooke Miles added 12. The Bulldogs led for the opening 41/2 minutes of play before Shaw took control.

Johns Hopkins 71, Swarthmore 39: Alex Vassila had a game-high 21 points and the host Blue Jays (12-1, 7-1 Centennial Conference) extended their winning streak to nine. Hopkins is off to its best start in 10 years.

Hopkins went on a 14-0 run to close the first half and outscored the Garnet (5-8, 3-6) 39-17 in the second half.

Washington College 67, Dickinson 58: Meghan Tait scored all of her 16 points in the second half to lead four Shorewomen in double digits. Washington College (9-5, 4-5 Centennial) used a 13-0 run in the second half to pull away from the Red Devils (2-12, 2-7).

Haverford 50, McDaniel 43, OT: The visiting Fords (9-3, 5-3 Centennial) went on a 7-0 run in overtime to win. Rachael Rybak (Franklin) and Steph Perez each scored 12 for the Green Terror (7-6, 4-5), which has lost four straight.

Men

Central Connecticut State 71, Mount St. Mary's 66: The host Mount (3-13, 1-4 Northeast Conference) rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half but came up short against the Blue Devils.

Kristijan Krajina posted a career-high 16 points in the loss, and Julian Norfleet added 13 points and a game-high seven assists.

Shaw 83, Bowie State 73: Byron Westmorland scored 20 points in a losing effort for the visiting Bulldogs (9-3, 1-2 CIAA). Bowie led 33-29 at the half before a second-half rally carried the Bears (11-2, 3-0).

Johns Hopkins 70, Swarthmore 61: Adam Spengler and freshman George Bugarinovic each scored 19 points to power the host Blue Jays (9-4, 5-1 Centennial) to their second straight win. The Garnet fell to 1-13, 1-6.

Hopkins opened the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 12-point lead, with Spengler and Bugarinovic accounting for all nine points. Jordan Martinez answered with five straight points for the Garnet, and Hopkins led 38-29 with 15:49 to play. Hopkins came right back with an 11-4 run, fueled by five straight points from Bugarinovic and capped by a fast-break layup from Mike Rhoads, and the lead was 49-33.

Haverford 66, McDaniel 62: The visiting Fords (4-9, 2-4 Centennial) went on a 4-0 run in the final 30 seconds to win.

Cullen Murray-Kemp had a game-high 22 points for the Green Terror (4-8, 1-4), which has lost three straight.

Dickinson 76, Washington College 41: The host Red Devils (6-8, 3-4 Centennial) scored 19 of the first 22 points in the second half and beat the Shoremen (8-6, 4-3).

No Washington College players scored in double figures.

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