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Towson women’s basketball makes it three in a row over Charleston, winning 69-60 in CAA Tournament quarterfinals

WASHINGTON — A popular saying in sports is that it is very difficult to defeat the same opponent three times in a single season. Try telling that to Towson women’s basketball.

After their season sweep of the College of Charleston, the Tigers added their third victory over the Cougars, 69-60, in a Coastal Athletic Association Tournament quarterfinal Friday night at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.

Junior small forward Anasia Staton, a CCBC Essex transfer, came off the bench to lead Towson (20-10) with 16 points on 4 of 9 shooting from 3-point range and added six rebounds and three assists, while redshirt senior shooting guard Kylie Kornegay-Lucas contributed 15 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and two steals. Their efforts largely propelled the No. 6 seed Tigers to their third consecutive CAA Tournament semifinal.

Thanks to Staton’s eruption, the Towson bench outscored Charleston’s reserves, 32-3. Sophomore shooting guard India Johnston scored eight points for Towson.

The Tigers will meet No. 7 seed Drexel (17-14) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Dragons nearly squandered a 13-point advantage in the third quarter before holding on for a 58-56 upset of No. 2 seed Monmouth earlier in the day.

Towson defeated Drexel in their only matchup this season, prevailing 83-78 in overtime Feb. 16.

Last winter, the Tigers had earned a share of the regular-season championship and the No. 1 seed and had advanced to the title game before getting upset by No. 7 seed Monmouth, 80-55, on March 12 at TU Arena.

Friday night’s game marked the first time Towson had defeated a higher seeded opponent since 2019. That squad, the No. 4 seed at the time, upset No. 2 seed Drexel, 53-49, for the CAA Tournament crown and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Graduate student shooting guard Jada Logan scored a game-high 24 points and compiled five rebounds and three steals for No. 3 seed Charleston (20-10), while sophomore shooting guard Alexis Andrews chipped in 13 points, six rebounds and two steals. But graduate student point guard Jenna Annecchiarico — who entered the tournament leading the CAA in assists (5.8) and steals (2.8) while ranking fourth in points (15.1) — was limited primarily by Kornegay-Lucas to five points on 1 of 13 shooting, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. The Cougars could not extend their winning streak to four.

Both sides traded buckets — and the lead — midway through the first quarter before the Tigers scored eight unanswered points capped by 3-pointers from freshman small forward Anaiah Jenkins, an Odenton native and McDonogh graduate. Although Charleston replied with seven consecutive points to tie the score at 19 with 32 seconds remaining, sophomore shooting guard India Johnston’s baseline jumper sent Towson into the second quarter with a 21-19 lead.

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The Tigers opened the ensuing period with a 12-2 run. Junior power forward Quinzia Fulmore kickstarted the burst with five straight points and added one of two free throws to cap the proceedings.

By the time senior power forward Zoe McCrary grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a putback layup, the Cougars had gone 3:52 without a point and missed eight consecutive shots.

Towson weathered a 4:13 rut of its own to carry a 38-28 advantage into halftime.

The Tigers opened the second half with an 11-7 spurt for their largest lead of the game at 49-35 midway through the third quarter. Even when Charleston scored 11 unanswered points in a 3:42 span, Towson scored the period’s last five points, including a 3-pointer by Staton just before the horn sounded.

The Cougars trimmed the deficit to 57-51 with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter, but that would be as close as they would get to overtaking the Tigers.

This story will be updated.

CAA Tournament semifinals

Towson vs. Drexel

Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

Stream: flosports.tv