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Women's Basketball Battles, but Can't Overcome CAA-Leader James Madison
Updated: Saturday 02/04/2014 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. –  Freshman Marlena Tremba and junior Jazmen Boone each scored 16 points. However, the William and Mary women’s basketball couldn’t overcome a balanced James Madison scoring attack, and fell 72-48 on Tuesday night at Kaplan Arena. The Tribe drops to 5-15 overall and 2-6 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Dukes improve to 17-4, and a perfect 7-0 in the CAA.

Tremba added two rebounds, and one steal to go along with her 16 points. Boone added six boards, two assists and four steals. Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu finished the night with eight points, six rebounds, and three steals.

James Madison opened the game with nine straight points, taking an early 9-0 lead. A pair of three-pointers from Precious Hall and a triple from Kirby Burkholder accounted for the scoring.

William and Mary used a 7-0 run to tie the game at 12-12 with 13:22 to play in the first half. Tremba scored all seven points during the stretch. She opened the run with a pair of free throws, hit a jumper, and then buried a 3-pointer.

Leading 19-17 with 10:31 remaining in the first half, the Dukes used a 16-2 run to build its largest lead of the half. Jazmon Gwathmey led the JMU run scoring six points, while Toia Giggetts and Da’Lisha Griffin each had four points during the stretch.

Both James Madison and William and Mary traded baskets to open the second half of play. The Tribe was able to bring the Dukes’ lead down to 13, but James Madison was able to rebuild its lead to 17 three times in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Trailing by 17, the Green and Gold used a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 12 points, which was as close as the Tribe could get. Sophomore Brooke Stewart sunk a pair of free throws to start the run, and Tremba completed a traditional three-point play, making the score 48-36 with 11:05 remaining.

The Dukes responded with a 13-2 run to take control of the game. Burkholder paced JMU with eight points during the stretch, while Giggetts finished the run with five points.

James Madison placed five players in double figures on the evening. Burkholder and Gwathmey each finished with 16 points, while Hall (13), Giggetts (12), and Griffin (10) were also in double-figures.

For the second straight game, William and Mary shot 90.5-percent (19-for-21) from the charity stripe. Boone hit a career-high 10 free throws in the game, while Tremba (3) and Stewart (2) connected on all of their freebees.

William and Mary forced 16 steals on the evening, which is the 12th time this season the Tribe has forced 10, or more, thefts.  Boone finished with a game-high four steals, while Kerstetter and Mathieu each had three.

The College hits the road for a two-game road trip starting on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Hofstra. Tip time between the Tribe and the Pride is set for 2 p.m. The Tribe then travels to Northeastern on Thursday, Feb. 13 for a 7 p.m. game.

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