ROCK HILL, S.C. – Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu, who led four Tribe players in double-figures, poured in a career-high tying 19 points, but the William and Mary women’s basketball team could not overcome a strong Winthrop first half, and fell 84-71 on Saturday afternoon.
Mathieu, who scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half, finished the game with nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Junior Kyla Kerstetter and freshman Marlena Tremba finished with 12 points apiece, while junior Jazmen Boone chipped in a season-high 10 points.
William and Mary falls to 0-4 on the season, while the Eagles improve to an unbeaten mark of 4-0.
After both teams traded baskets in the early stages of the first half, William and Mary used a 6-1 run to push its lead to 11-5 at the 17:05 mark. A jumper by Kerstetter started the run for the Tribe. Boone then scored on a fast-break layup making the Tribe lead, 9-4. A jumper from freshman Kasey Curtis pushed the William and Mary lead to 11-5.
Winthrop then used an 8-0 run to build its lead to seven, 21-14, with 10:01 remaining in the first half. A layup from Zoey Vernon gave the Eagles their first lead of the game with 13:27 to go in the first half. Vernon went onto score two more times during the run, while a jumper from Erica Williams was the other basket for the Eagles.
The Tribe was able to cut Winthrop’s lead to four, but the Eagles responded with a 17-7 run to close the half. Dequisha McClanahan led the run for Winthrop with seven points.
William and Mary opened the second half with an 11-8 run, cutting the Winthrop lead to 50-38 with 15:39 to go in regulation. The run started on back-to-back 3-pointers by Tremba. Mathieu was also instrumental in the run, scoring five of the Tribe’s points.
The Green and Gold continued to battle throughout, but could not bring the Winthrop advantage closer than 10 points. William and Mary did outscore the Eagles in the second half 47-46.
William and Mary's defense continued to prove it could force turnovers, making the Eagles commit 18 in the contest, while the Tribe committe just 14 turnovers. Boone led the way with four steals for the Tribe.
Mathieu, who scored 19 points for the fourth time in her career, has scored in double-figures every game this season. Kerstetter added a steal to go with 12 points, while Tremba added two boards, two assists and a steal. Boone dished out a career-high tying seven assists, had three rebounds and a block. Meanwhile, junior Anna Kestler scored a season-high six points. Curtis, who registered her first career start, finished the game with four points.
Williams led four in double-figures for Winthrop with 19 points. McClanahan (15), Samiya Wright (13), and Schaquilla Nunn (11) were also scored in double-figures for the Eagles.
The College continues its three-game road trip with a pair of games in the Maine Thanksgiving Classic next week. William and Mary opens the event against Green Bay on Friday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.