Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu and freshman Marlena Tremba each scored 21 points for the Tribe. Mathieu registered her sixth double-double of the season adding 12 rebounds. Junior Kyla Kerstetter recorded her first career double-double finishing the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Latrice Hunter was the final W&M player in double-figures with 13-points, four assists, and five rebounds.
Leading by one, William and Mary used an early 12-7 run to build its lead to 16-9 with 14:15 to play in the first half. A pair of free throws from Tremba matched with a three-pointer from Mathieu pushed the Tribe’s lead to 9-5. After a Cougar basket, Kerstetter hit a 3-pointer and Mathieu followed with a jumper, ending the run.
Tremba helped the Tribe to its largest lead of the game with a 5-0 run of her own. Tremba buried a triple then drove to the hoop and hit a layup, putting the Green and Gold up 23-15 with 11:20 to play in the first half.
The College of Charleston used a 10-0 run to close the half and build a 42-38 halftime advantage. A three-pointer from Alyssa Frye opened the run followed by a layup from Breanna Bolden, putting the Cougars down a point. A three-pointer by Frye and a jumper by Bolden pushed the Cougars out to a four-point lead.
William and Mary opened the second half with a 6-2 run to tie the game at 44-44 with 17:18 remaining in regulation. Kerstetter opened the half with a jumper. After Charleston regained a four-point lead, junior Jazmen Boone hit a layup and Hunter sunk two free throws, tying the game.
Charleston responded with a 4-0 run to bring its lead back to 48-44 with 16:14 remaining. Bolden hit a jumper to give the Cougars the lead back, and Mikael Hopkins had a layup to push the lead to two possessions.
The Tribe battled to stay within two possessions throughout the entire second half. William and Mary used an 11-6 run to close the game and secure the 81-76 victory. With the scored tied 72-72, Hunter stepped up and buried a trey that put the Tribe ahead for good. The run was paced by four points from Mathieu, and three points apiece from Tremba and Hunter.
Boone, who just missed scoring double-figures, finished the game with nine points, five rebounds and three assists.
Charleston was led by a trio of players that scored double-figures. Mikaela Hopkins had 21 points, while Alyssa Frye and Afreya Tolbert each had 17 points. Tolbert finished the game with a double-double, adding 11 rebounds.
For the second time this season, William and Mary had two players register double-doubles in the same game. Earlier this season against UNCW (1/23) Boone and Mathieu combined to register double-doubles.
William and Mary also shot a season-best 90.5-percent (19-of-21) from the free throw line. It was the first time since Feb. 26, 2013 that the Tribe shot better than 90-percent from the charity stripe. Individually, Tremba was a perfect 9-for-9 from the line, which ties for her for first place in single-game free throw percentage.
The College returns to action when it closes out its two-game home stand against James Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Tip time from Kaplan Arena is set for 7 p.m.