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College of Charleston surges into Saturday’s semifinals

Mar 14, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

Natasha Adair talked about wanting the College of Charleston wanting to surge into the CAA.

No better way for the conference newbies to make a statement than to advance to the CAA Tournament semifinals behind a 70-64 victory over Towson at The Show Place Arena. The Cougars (17-13) will meet two-time defending champion Delaware (19-9) in Saturday’s second semifinal at 2:30 p.m. James Madison meets Drexel at noon in the first semifinal.

To advance, Adair was pitted against a good friend in Towson Coach Niki Reid Geckeler. Both were assistants together at Georgetown.

“My hat goes off to Niki as a colleague of mine,” Adair said. “This game’s tough because there’s so many emotions on it.”

“It’s something we used to talk about as coaches,” Reid Geckeler said. “It’s just ironic that we have to be in the same conference.”

The Cougars had to overcome a 36-point effort by CAA first-teamer Tanisha McTiller, who added 10 boards and four assists before fouling out in the final 10 seconds. The senior guard ends her career with 1,605 points, second all time at Towson.

Afreyea Tolbert’s 19 led College of Charleston; Alyssa Frye added 15 and Breanna Bolden, 10. CAA assist leader Jill Brown dished out six with 12 rebounds.

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