WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Junior Kyla Kerstetter scored a team-high 19 points to pace the William and Mary offense. However, Drexel used a big second half to beat the Tribe 89-49 on Thursday night at Kaplan Arena.
Kerstetter, who scored in double-figures for the second straight game and eighth time this season, added a rebound and three assists to go along with her 19 points. Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu, who recorded her 30th career double-digit game, finished with 13 points, six rebounds, and a steal.
The Tribe falls to 3-12 overall, 0-3 in CAA play, while Drexel improves to 7-8, 2-0 in conference action.
William and Mary was able to get things going quickly to start the game. Mathieu scored seven of the first nine points for the Tribe, while Kerstetter added the other two, giving the Green and Gold an early 9-7 advantage.
Drexel responded with a 7-0 run to build its first lead of the ball game. A jumper by Sarah Curran tied the game at nine, before a Rachel Pearson 3-pointer, and another jumper by Curran gave the Dragons a 14-9 advantage.
Late in the first half the Dragons used an 11-0 run to build their largest lead of the half at eight points, 35-27. Curran (6) and Meghan Creighton (5) combined for all of the points during the spurt.
However, the Tribe responded with five straight points from Kerstetter to close out the first half of play. The Brentwood, Tenn. native hit a triple from the left of the key, before hitting a scoop layup before the buzzer sounded. The Kerstetter run brought the Tribe within 35-32 at the break.
William and Mary shot 50.0-percent from the floor in the first half, led by Kerstetter’s 13 first half points.
After Kerstetter hit a trey to tie the game at 35-35 on the opening possession of the second half, the Dragons went on an 18-2 run and never looked back. Fiona Flanagan and Pearson, who each had six points during the outburst, paced the Dragons run.
Drexel, which shot 67.9-percent in the second half, placed five players in double-figures. Curran had a game-high 22 points, while Pearson (14), Tory Thierolf (12), Abby Redick (12), and Flanagan (10) were also in double-figures. Redick recorded a triple-double picking up 10 rebounds and 12 assists to go along with her 12 points.
The College returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 23 when they travel to UNCW. The game, which will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, tips off at 7 p.m. William and Mary returns home to face Towson on Sunday, Jan. 26. That game will tip at 2 p.m.