Towson, Md. - Hofstra senior forward Candace Bond set a season-high with 16 points but Towson's Tanisha McTiller scored 24 points and broke a deadlock with a put-back layup with 3:12 left to lift the Tigers to a 69-60 win over the Pride in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup at Towson Center on Tuesday night.
Freshman Asia Jackson added nine points and six assists off the bench for Hofstra and senior forward Shante Evans had all but two of her 10 points in the second half, but the Pride lost its second straight in falling to 12-13 and 8-6 in CAA play. Evans added 10 rebounds, marking the 18th time she finished in double-figure rebounding and her 10th consecutive double-double.
Dominique Johnson scored 18 points for Towson, including a key insurance three-pointer late in the second half to help lift Towson to 9-16 and 3-11 in league play.
Bond, playing on her birthday in front of her hometown crowd, exceeded her previous season-high point total of 14 set at JMU on Jan. 27. The Fort Washington, Md. native added five rebounds and four steals in Hofstra in its last-ever appearance at Towson Center. The Tigers will move into the new Towson Arena beginning next season.
Evans registered her 17th double-double of the season and the 67th of her career, which leads all active Division I players according to STATS LLC. Sophomore guard Andreana Thomas racked up nine assists in 37 minutes for the Pride to extend her CAA-leading total to 165 helpers.
McTiller, a junior guard who came in averaging 17.8 points, gave the Tigers the lead for good on a drive to the lane with the score tied at 52. Junior Anma Onyeuku swatted the first shot for a clean block but McTiller got her own rebound and put it off the glass for a lead Towson would not relinquish.
Evans drew a foul on the other end but missed both free throws. Towson freshman guard Alliyah Berger made both of her attempts for a 56-52 advantage with just less than three minutes on the clock.
Bond, who fell just two points shy of tying her career high of 18, hit a left-wing three-pointer in front of the Hofstra bench to get the Pride within 56-55. That would be the closest the Pride would get as Johnson connected on a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down, 59-55 with 2:11 left.
Towson forced a turnover on Michelle Peebles' steal and ran
the shot clock down. Johnson hit another jumper with 1:28 left to give the
Tigers a 61-55 cushion and secure the win.
Bond scored seven points in the opening period to help Hofstra cut Towson's halftime lead to 29-27. McTiller paced the Tigers with nine points through the opening 20 minutes.
A back-and-forth opening half featured three times and two lead changes. Thomas and Jackson ignited Hofstra's transition offense, combining for nine of the Pride's 11 assists in the half.
The Pride raced to 7-2 lead with Bond scoring Hofstra's first five points and Thomas' fast-break bounce-pass setting up a lay-in, prompting Towson to call timeout almost two minutes in. Towson responded to the respite with a 7-0 as Hofstra also used its first timeout with 16:02 left.
The Tigers led by as much as four, though Bond's output, including Hofstra's only three-pointer of the half, made it a two-point game heading into the locker room.
Hofstra will next be in action on Sunday when the Pride travels to Norfolk, Va. to face Old Dominion at 2 p.m.