HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – William and Mary had three players in double-figures, and outscored Hofstra in the second half, but could not overcome an 11-point halftime deficit, falling 66-56 on the road on Sunday afternoon. The Tribe drops to 5-16 overall, 2-7 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Pride improves to 10-11 and 5-5 in league action.
Junior Jazmen Boone led the Tribe with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Classmate Kyla Kerstetter chipped in 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had three steals. Freshman Marlena Tremba was the final Tribe player in double-figures with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
The Tribe opened the game with a quick 7-1 run to take an early lead by the same score. A bucket by Boone, followed by a triple from Kerstetter gave the Tribe an early 5-1 advantage. Boone scored again, giving the Tribe its biggest lead of game.
Hofstra responded with a 7-0 run to take its first lead with 14:59 to play in the first half. A pair of Annie Payton free throws opened the run, followed by a 3-pointer from Alexis Carter, which pushed the Pride within a point. A layup by Anma Onyeuku gave the Pride its first lead at 8-7.
With the score tied 16-16, Hofstra went on a 5-0 run to give itself a two-possession advantage. A 3-pointer from Asia Jackson and a layup by Payton provided the points for the Pride.
The Pride held a 42-31 advantage at the break. Hofstra shot 50-percent (16-of-32) in the first half to help build its lead. However, William and Mary shot well too, connecting at 41.4-pecent (12-of-29) in the first half.
William and Mary opened the second half on an 8-4 run to bring the score within five-points with 14:56 to play. After the teams traded buckets to start the half, the College scored six points in a row. Kerstetter started the run with a traditional 3-point play and a 3-pointer from Tremba accounted for the scoring.
The Tribe used an 11-0 to regain the lead with 8:29 remaining in the game. Trailing by nine-points, Boone hit a free throw to start the run. A triple from Tremba, matched by a jumper from Mathieu brought the Green and Gold within three points with 9:48 remaining. Trailing by two, sophomore Brooke Stewart hit a 3-pointer to give the Tribe a 51-50 lead.
Hofstra used a 16-5 run over the final 6:49 of the game to earn the win. Payton, Asia Jackson, and Elo Edeferioka all had four points to pace the Pride during the run.
The Pride put four scorers in double-figures in the game. Payton scored a game-high 19 points, while Jackson (11), Ruth Sherrill (10), and Onyeuku (10) were also in double digits for Hofstra.
William and Mary returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 13 when they travel to Boston to take on Northeastern. Tip time between the Tribe and the Huskies is set for 7 p.m. William and Mary then returns home for Senior Day on Sunday, Feb. 16 against UNCW. Tip for that game is set for 2 p.m.