WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's basketball team fell to Winthrop, 81-70, on Wednesday evening at Kaplan Arena. Playing in front of the Green and Gold faithful for the first time since Nov. 14, senior Janine Aldridge led the way with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists. The College cut a double-digit second half deficit down to two but was unable to complete the come from behind victory. The setback drops W&M to 2-9 on the season, while Winthrop improves to 7-6 with the win.
Sophomore Jazmen Boone poured in a career-high 17 points to go along with a team-high seven assists and six rebounds. Classmate Kyla Kerstetter netted 11 points on five made field-goals, while senior Emily Correal ripped down a team leading 13 rebounds to go along with seven points. Senior Jaclyn McKenna finished the night with nine points and eight rebounds.
For the second consecutive game, the Green and Gold got great production from its bench. Tonight's reserves tallied 42 points compared to Winthrop's 19. Furthermore, the Tribe held the upper hand in points off of turnovers (13-6), second chance points (23-21), and rebounds (57-52). The College finished the night shooting 28.4 percent (25-of-88) from the floor, while it netted 11 3-pointers on 38 attempts (28.9 percent). The 88 attempts from the field and 38 from 3-point range are new school records.
In a defensive minded opening sequence, the Eagles trudged their way to an early lead, 10-7, at the 13:43 mark of the first-half. Schaquilla Nunn's conventional 3-point play with 10:56 left in the frame extended the Winthrop advantage to 20-9.
Over the course of the next 4:38 the Tribe responded with a 13-2 run, as it tied the affair, 22-22, with 6:18 remaining in the half. Boone ignited the spark with a layup at the 10:36 juncture, while also connecting on a 3-pointer during the burst. Correal capped the charge with a free-throw, which tied the contest at 22.
The Eagles netted the night's next seven points as it extended the advantage to 29-22 at the 3:41 mark. In the waning seconds of the half, Aldridge drilled a 3-pointer from 23 feet away as the Tribe cut the deficit to three, 34-31, at intermission.
In second-half action, Winthrop pushed its margin to 44-35 just three minutes into the frame. Once again, a gritty Tribe squad answered the bell, and countered with an 11-6 spurt. Boone mounted the rally with a layup off of an assist from McKenna at the 16:24 juncture. Kerstetter's trifecta brought the Tribe to within 50-44 at the 12:59 mark. Additionally, the Brentwood, Tenn., native closed the output with a fast break lay in off the glass, which made the score 50-46 still in favor of Winthrop with 12:29 left in regulation.
Samiya Wright's free-throw at the 10:02 mark gave the Eagles a 10-point cushion, 59-49. As it had done all game, the Green and Gold clawed its way back into the contest, this time a 13-5 run propelled W&M to within 64-62 with 6:30 remaining in the game. During the stretch, Aldridge netted six points on two 3-pointers, while McKenna scored the additional seven. However, Winthrop utilized a 10-2 run over the 4:08 as it distanced itself en route to the win.
Dequesha McClanahan led the Eagles with 14 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists. Diana Choibekova added 19 points, while Aliyah Kilpatrick chipped in with 15. For the night, Winthrop shot 32-of-72 (44.4 percent) from the field and 10-of-29 (58.3 percent) from 3-point territory.
The Tribe returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 2, as it travels to Hofstra for its Colonial Athletic Association opener. Tip-off from Hempstead, N.Y., is slated for 2 p.m. and fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.