Freshman Marlena Tremba led the Green and Gold with 18 points, she grabbed five rebounds, and had an assist as well. Junior Kyla Kerstetter finished the game with 13 points, four rebounds and a steal. Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu was the final William and Mary player in double-figures, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds.
With the score tied 5-5, Northeastern used a 12-0 run to build its first double-digit lead of the game. A three-pointer by A’lece Mark broke the tie, and was followed by a layup by Jewel Tunstull. After the media timeout, Samantha DeFreese scored five points, sandwich around a layup from Tunstull.
William and Mary responded with a quick 6-0 run to cut the lead back to six points, but that is as closes as the Tribe could get for the rest of the game. A triple by Kerstetter and a transition 3-pointer by Tremba accounted for the scoring during the run.
The Huskies used a 13-2 run to rebuild its double-digit lead and take a 16-point advantage, with 8:48 to play in the first half. The run was sparked by six points by DeFresse, while Stewart added three points for the Huskies.
William and Mary and Northeastern traded buckets to open the second half of play. Down by 21, the College used a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 17 points. A pair of free throws from Mathieu matched with a jumper by freshman Alexis Hofstaedter made the score 58-41 with 16:27 to play. However, Northeastern was able to build its lead back to 20-points, and the Tribe was unable to get closer then 17-points in the second half.
The Huskies finished the game shooting 54.9-percent (28-for-51) from the floor and had three players in double-figures. Mark scored a game-high 21 points and dished out five assists. DeFreese finished the game with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, while Tunstuall chipped in 20 points.
For the 14th time this season, William and Mary forced (17) more turnovers then they committed (14). The Tribe had eight steals on the evening led by freshman Latrice Hunter and Hofstaedter, who each had two.
Hofstaedter finished the game playing a career-high 27 minutes. She finished the game with four points, one assist, two steals, and zero turnovers.
The College returns home to Kaplan Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16 to take on UNCW. The game, which will be the Tribe’s Senior Day, will tipoff at 2 p.m.