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Women's Basketball Falls at East Carolina, 69-57
Updated: Tuesday 11/15/2013 (ET)
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GREENVILLE, N.C. – Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu and freshman Marlena Tremba led the Tribe with 13 points apiece, but a strong second half propelled East Carolina to a 69-57 victory over the Tribe on Friday night in Minges Coliseum.

Mathieu finished the game with the 13 points, tied for the team-high with six rebounds and two blocks. Tremba, who also had 13 points, added four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

William and Mary drops to 0-2 on the young season, while East Carolina remains unbeaten at 3-0.

East Carolina jumped out to as many five in the early stages of the first half, but the Tribe came roaring back. Trailing 8-3, William and Mary cut the deficit to one on baskets from junior Jazmen Boone and freshman Alexandra Masaquel.

After the Pirates extend their lead back to four, the Tribe was able to knot the game at 11-11.  Boone drove to the basket and hit a lay-up cutting the Pirate lead to 11-9. On the ensuing inbound, Boone stole the ball and dished off to freshman Alexis Hofstaedter, tying the game 11-11 with 11:31 to go in the half.

William and Mary and East Carolina traded baskets through the next couple of possessions. However, The Green and Gold closed the half on a 12-8 run, cutting the Pirates lead down to one, 32-31. Baskets by Tremba, freshman Latrice Hunter, and junior Mackenzie Morrison sparked the run. In the run, William and Mary did take a two-point lead, 28-26 on put back by Morrison.

East Carolina opened the second half with 15-4 run, pushing its lead to 47-35, with 13:49 remaining. Following the run, the Tribe and Pirates traded buckets with East Carolina’s advantage staying at 12 points.

The Pirates built their lead to 19 points, but William and Mary didn’t go away and chipped away at East Carolina’s lead. The Tribe used on a 7-2 run to close the game, and made the score, 69-57. Points from junior Kyla Kerstetter, Hunter, and Tremba all sparked the run.

Kerstetter finished the night with eight points, grabbed six rebounds, had an assist and a steal. Boone and Hunter chipped in six points a piece for the Tribe as well.

East Carolina was led by Jada Payne, who registered a double-double, with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Abria Trice also finished the game in double-figures for the Pirates, with 13 points.

For the second time in as many contests the Tribe forced 20, or more, turnovers (22), while also recording 12 steals. William and Mary converted 18 points off of those 22 turnovers. The Tribe bench, led by Tremba, also outscored the Pirates’ bench, 29-21.

The College returns to Williamsburg for its home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 19 when they welcome High Point to Kaplan Arena inside William and Mary Hall. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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