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Women's Basketball Suffers 60-49 Setback to Old Dominon
Updated: Monday 12/21/2013 (ET)
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WILLAMSBURG, Va. – Juniors Jazmen Boone and Kyla Kerstetter each scored in double-figures, but William and Mary could not overcome an early second half Old Dominion run, and fell 60-49 on Saturday afternoon inside Kaplan Arena.

Kerstetter had a team-high 14 points, two assists, and four steals, while Boone chipped in with 13 points, three rebounds and two steals for the Tribe.

William and Mary drops to 2-7 on the season, while Old Dominion improves to 6-5 on the year.

Old Dominion took an early lead thanks to a 9-0 run early in the first half. With the scored tied 4-4 Destinee Young hit a layup, after a Monarch stop Becca Allison hit a jumper and was fouled, hitting the free throw pushing the Monarchs lead to 9-4. ODU was able to continue the run as Allison hit four free throws and another basket to give the Monarchs a 15-4 advantage.

The Tribe didn’t go away though, and was able to trim the Monarchs lead to six points with 5:43 to go in the first half. After Odegua Oigbokie hit a lay up, putting the Monarchs up 10, the Tribe went on a quick 4-0 spurt. A pair free throws from senior Kaitlyn Mathieu and steal and bucket from Kerstetter brought the score to 22-16.

Old Dominion was again able to build its lead to 12, but the Tribe answered with a 5-0 run right before the half. Boone knocked down a pair of free throws, and Mathieu recorded a steal, leading to a 3-pointer by sophomore Brooke Stewart at the first half buzzer. At the break, the Monarchs led 32-25.

Both teams traded baskets to open the second half, but Old Dominion used a 9-0 run to build its largest lead of the game at 47-28. Tiffany Minor started the outbreak with a layup, and Shae Kelly followed with a traditional three-point play.  Back-to-back-layups from Galaisha Goodhome and Oigbokie ended the Monarch run.

William and Mary used a 6-0 run to bring the lead back to 10 points, 51-41 with 5:02 to go. The run was sparked by a triple from freshman Marlena Tremba, and a jumper from Kerstetter.  The Tribe continued to battle, but couldn’t cut the ODU lead to less then 10 for the last five minutes of regulation.

Mathieu finished the game with eight points and six rebounds, while Tremba chipped in seven points and five boards. Boone, who played the logged 40 minutes of game play, finished the game 5-of-15 from field and a perfect 3-for-3 from the line.

For the seventh time in nine games this season, the Tribe forced (21) more turnovers then they committed (15). It is the fourth time this season the Tribe has forced its opponents into 20, or more turnovers.

William and Mary, which has a week off for the holidays, returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 28 in the first round of the Cyclone Challenge hosted by Iowa State. The Tribe plays Saint Louis at 2 p.m., and will play either nationally-ranked Iowa State or Holy Cross depending on result on Dec. 29.

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