Towson University’s Women’s Basketball team looks to build on the experience it gained last year as they try to improve upon last season’s 16-14 overall record.
The tigers lost six players from last season’s team including two of the three team captains, one of whom was Krystal Parnell, who was selected to the All Colonial Athletic Association third team and was also the team’s leading scorer in her final season.
This year’s Tigers are a young team with forward Michelle Peebles being the only senior on the team this season. The team’s success will be dependent on the contributions of its young players.
“With us being such a young team everyone needs to step up”, said Peebles “We have someone with a lot of experience in Tanisha McTiller and she is going to be one of our main players.”
McTiller, a junior guard on the team, was the second leading scorer on the team last season averaging 11.1 points per game and has played in 59 career games for the tigers and is expected to be the tiger’s top offensive weapon this season.
Redshirt junior and returning captain Nyree Williams is another player from last season that is poised to be a heavy contributor to the Tigers this season. Last season she was able record 4 double-doubles and blocked 44 shots, which was good enough for seventh place in tigers single season history.
The team will have to look to some of its younger players because of its lack of experience.
“Alliyah Berger and Dominique Johnson are really good shooters, their three point shooting is definitely something we’re going to need”, said LaTorri Hines-Allen, a junior forward on the team.
Hines-Allen transferred from Virginia Tech and cannot plat this season due to NCAA rules but looks to play a role in the future of the Tiger’s team. Berger and Johnson are both freshman guards that could see early playing time because of their shooting abilities. While in high school Berger hit the third most three pointers in the history of her high school’s basketball conference.
The Tigers have to improve on their shooting from the entire floor as they had the second worst shooting percentage in the conference last season. The Tigers only averaged 57.6 points per game which was last in the conference.
While shooting is an important aspect of the game, the Tiger’s will look to set the tone for the games this season on the defensive end of the floor.
“Defense, defense, defense, that’s mainly what are practices have been about right now, boxing out, and not letting people go through the middle”, said Hines-Allen.
Last season the Tigers were ranked second to last in the conference for defensive rebounds averaging 23.1 per game a number they believe they must improve if they want to achieve their goals for this season.
While Williams ranked number six in the CAA for blocks the team finished in the bottom half in this statistic, her 44 blocks accounted for almost half of the team’s total of 89 blocks for the season.
The tiger’s youth may seem like a potential weakness it can also be viewed as their greatest asset. The players will be able to grow as a unit which will make the team a more cohesive unit that is able to live up to the expectations it sets for itself.