WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe women's basketball team fell in a hard-fought, back-and-forth game to the Navy Midshipmen on Friday night, 61-58, at Kaplan Arena. With the loss, the Tribe falls to 1-2 on the season, while the Mids improve to 1-2 on the year.
Jaclyn McKenna continued the strong start to her junior campaign against Navy on Friday night, leading four Tribe players in double-figures with 17 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Senior guard Katherine DeHenzel had another terrific all-around game, totaling 11 points, eight assists, five steals and four rebounds. Junior Janine Aldridge and freshman Kyla Kerstetter each added 10 points for the College.
Navy came out hot to start the game on Friday night, taking an early 14-5 lead over the Tribe. The Tribe would respond over the next 5:23 minutes of action, tying the game at 17-17. The run was started with a McKenna layup, but Kerstetter was the standout in the run, contributing on both ends of the floor. In the stretch, Kerstetter scored five points, including a three from the top of the key to tie the game with 5:27 left in the first half.
The last five minutes saw the Midshipmen reclaim a five-point advantage, but William and Mary stuck around, cutting the Navy lead to just two at the break, 26-24.
In the first half, McKenna led the College with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor while also grabbing six rebounds. Off the bench, Kerstetter filled the stat line, totaling five points, two blocks, two steals and an assist. Junior Chanel Murchison also added four points in the first 20 minutes.
In the second half, the first eight minutes went back and forth, with the Tribe tying the game, only to see Navy respond and take the lead right back. At the 11:15 mark, Navy extended its lead to six, 45-39, but the College came right back to take its first lead of the game.
Down six, the Tribe cut the lead in half on an Aldridge three, 45-42. After a Navy bucket pushed the lead back to five, William and Mary reeled off the next eight points of the game. Down one, 47-46, junior Emily Correal hit a jumper from the right baseline to give the College its first lead of the contest. The next trip down, McKenna made a nice move in the paint and converted a layup, boosting the College's lead to 50-47.
Undeterred, the Midshipmen scored the next seven points, retaking the lead at 54-50, and setting the stage for a dramatic final four minutes. After a DeHenzel layup, Aldridge drilled her second shot from behind the arc to give the lead back to the Tribe, 55-54, with 2:52 remaining.
In their next three possessions, the Mids were able to get points each time while the College was unable to get a bucket. Down six with 24 seconds left, the Tribe was going to need to some clutch shooting and some misses at the free throw line from Navy.
The lead was cut to three, 61-58, on a McKenna 3-pointer from the top of the key. After a miss on the charity stripe, the College had the ball, down three, with 8.2 second left. On its final possession, McKenna's three from the left wing fell short as time expired, giving the win to Navy, 61-58.
For the game, the Tribe shot 24-of-56 (42.9%) from the floor. The College also had 16 assists on its 24 made field goals while only turning the ball over 12 times. The Tribe had 21 points off 16 Navy turnovers, but the Mids were able to out-score the College in second-chance points, 13-3.
Rounding out the scoring for the Tribe were Murchison and Correal, who had six and four points, respectively. Correal also had four rebounds and two assists on the night.
The William and Mary Tribe women's basketball team will return to action on Monday, November 21 when it hits the road to play in-state rival Virginia Tech. Tip-off in Blacksburg is scheduled for 7 p.m.