AMES, Iowa – The William and Mary women’s basketball team used an 18-9 second half run to close out the game and Saint Louis, picking up a 66-56 victory on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Cyclone Challenge in Ames, Iowa.
William and Mary improves to 3-7 on the season, while Saint Louis' record falls to 5-7 overall.
Both teams started the game trading baskets, but the Tribe responded with a 7-2 run to take a 9-6 lead. A Tremba free throw, followed by a basket from senior Victoria Willems gave W&M an early 5-4 lead. The Tribe extended its lead with a free throw from Boone, but after SLU tied it up, Tremba followed with a triple to push W&M to a 9-6 lead with 11:03 to go in the first half.
Saint Louis regained an 11-9 advantage, but William and Mary closed the first half with a 13-7 run, regaining the lead. The run opened with a 3-pointer from sophomore Brooke Stewart. After the Billikens cut the lead to one-point, junior Kyla Kerstetter knocked down a pair of free throws, and a Tremba jumper stretched the Tribe’s lead to four-points at 18-14. The Billikens were able to bring the Tribe lead back to two-points, but Tremba answered with a 3-pointer to make the score 21-16 with 3:40 remaining in the half.
The Billikens opened the second half with a 9-3 run to take a 27-25 lead with 17:40 to go in the game. A basket by Sadie Stipanovich opened the half, and was followed by a free throw from Desirae Ball. After a 3-pointer form senior Kaitlyn Mathieu, SLU scored the next six points on baskets from Olivia Jakbicek and a pair of buckets from Erin Nelson.
With Saint Louis up by four, 41-37, William and Mary used a 9-0 run midway through the second half to take the lead for good. The run was sparked by a traditional three-pint play from Mathieu. Boone then stole the ball and scored to put the Tribe up 42-41. W&M extended its lead to four, 45-41 a three-point play by Hunter.
The Tribe, which saw its lead get down to one-point, continued to battle and maintain the lead the rest of the game. The Green and Gold hit its last four free throws to push its lead to 10 points at, 66-56.
Tremba added three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block to her career-high 25, while Boone added five rebounds and two assists. Hunter enjoyed a career day for the Tribe, not only did she set a scoring high with 10 points, but also added a career-high six assists.
For the eighth time in 10 games William and Mary forced (23) more turnovers then they committed (16). The Tribe also forced 16 steals, including a game-high four from Boone, while Kerstetter added three thefts.
William and Mary returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 29 against the winner of No. 14/10 Iowa State and Holy Cross. Tip time will be 4:30 EST. For more information on the Tribe’s opponent stay tuned to TribeAthletics.com.