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Women's Basketball Tops Massachusetts 96-88 in Overtime
Updated: Wednesday 11/30/2013 (ET)
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ORONO, Maine – Junior Jazmen Boone scored a career-high 24 points to lead five players in double-figures, as the William and Mary women’s basketball team battled for a 96-88 overtime victory over Massachusetts in the third place game of the Maine Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

After the Tribe rallied from four points down in the final two minutes of regulation,  and freshman Latrice Hunter hit a pair of free throws to force overtime, the Green and Gold outscored the Minutewomen 14-6 in the extra frame to earn the win.

Boone scored 24 points, added seven rebounds, and four steals, while senior Kaitlyn Mathieu registered her second double-double of the season with a 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Anna Kestler poured in a career-high 12 points, while classmate Kyla Kerstetter chipped in 18 points and six boards. Freshman Marlena Tremba, who made her first career start, finished the game with 15 points and six assists.

William and Mary improves to 1-5 on the season, while UMass drops to 2-6 on the campaign.

Massachusetts jumped out of the gates to an early 11-2 lead.  Emily Mital got the game under with a basket on the first possession, followed by a pair of free throws by Kiara Bomben, then Rashida Timbilla hit a layup to give the Minutewomen a 6-0 lead at the 18:21 mark of the first half. A basket by Boone got the Tribe on the board, but UMass continued its run with a 3-pointer and a layup by Jasmine Harris.

William and Mary responded by going on a quick 9-3 run to cut the UMass lead to 14-11 with 15:45 to go in the first half.  The run started on a traditional three-point play by Boone.  William and Mary  followed by a pair of 3-pointers by Tremba and Kerstetter cut the lead to 14-11.

After UMass regained a lead of 22-13, the Tribe responded to go on a 15-8 run to tie the game at the 6:12 mark of the half. The run started on a layup by Boone followed by a steal and a jumper by Kerstetter, making the score 22-17. After a basket by the Minutewomen, sophomore Brooke Stewart and Kestler each had layups to bring the score to 26-21. UMass again responded with a basket, but layups by Kerstetter, Mathieu, and Boone combined with a 3-pointer by Boone tied the score 32-32.

The Tribe closed out the first half with a 14-6 run to build a lead of 46-38 at the break. Kerstetter, senior Victoria Willems, and Hunter all had baskets on the run, as the Green and Gold built its lead to as many as 12 during the run.

William and Mary and Massachusetts traded baskets to open the second half play. The Tribe was able to withstand the initial threat and gain a nine-point lead on a 3-pointer by Tremba at the 15:25 mark of the second half.

The Minutewomen then used an 18-9 run to retie the game at 64-64 with 8:49 remaining the contest. The run was sparked by a quick 7-0 run started by a layup by Mital, then a pair jumpers by Nola Henry cut the Tribe lead to two points, 55-53. For the next couple of possessions the team’s traded baskets, before UMass used a quick 4-0 spurt to tie the game at 64-64 on a layup by Kiara Bomben.

Massachusetts built its lead to as many as four with 2:50 remaining, before the Tribe mounted a comeback, forcing overtime. A transition 3-pointer by Tremba sparked the rally, followed by a layup by Boone that gave the Tribe a 80-79 advantage. However, UMass responded with a layup of its own from Timbella. The Green and Gold came up empty on its next possession and UMass hit one-of-two from the line to make the score 82-80. Out of the inbound, Hunter raced the length of the floor and was fouled on her way to a layup. The freshman, calmly, sank a pair of free throws to send the game to overtime.

Kestler started the overtime period on a 4-0 run all by herself. The Pittsburgh, Pa native buried a pair of free throws, and then hit a layup on breakaway to give the Tribe an 86-82 advantage. The Minutewomen could only get as close as two points in overtime, as William and Mary pulled away do in large part from hitting 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

William and Mary finished the game shooting 46.5% (33-for-71), while it shot a season-high 89.3% from the line (25-28), including hitting its last 18 free throws of the game. The team’s 96 points are since Jan. 8, 2012 when the Tribe scored 97 in a loss to Hofstra.

The Tribe forced a season-high 31 turnovers on 17 steals. It was the fourth time in six games that the Green and Gold has forced its opponents into 20, or more, turnovers. Individually, Boone and Tremba each had four thefts for the Tribe.

Hunter finished the game with a career-high eight points, while picking up a rebound and dishing out three assists.

The College, which has played five of its first six games on the road, opens a season-long three-game home stand on Thursday, Dec. 5 against La Salle at Kaplan Arena inside of William and Mary Hall. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

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