WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary women’s cut Delaware’s lead to 10 points with just over five minutes to play, but the Blue Hens closed the game on 12-4 run, earning the 57-39 victory in the Tribe’s Colonial Athletic Association opener. Freshman Marlena Tremba led the Tribe with a team-high 11 points, while junior Jazmen Boone finished the game with nine points, four rebounds and two steals.
William and Mary falls to 3-10 on the season, while dropping to 0-1 in CAA play, while Delaware improves to 10-3, 2-0 in league play.
The Blue Hens opened the game with a 9-0 run to build an early nine-point advantage. A 3-pointer by Courtni Green started the game’s scoring. A layup by Joy Caraccilo was sandwiched around four points from Kelsey Buchanan during the run.
After the Tribe cut the lead to 11-5, Delaware responded with a 12-2 run to build its largest lead of the half at 16 points. Two baskets by Buchanan and a jumper from Akeema Richards and a pair of free throws from Shanice Johnson sparked the run for the Blue Hens. After a basket from sophomore Brooke Stewart, Delaware scored the next five points on a layup and jumper from Erika Brown.
William and Mary opened the second half with a quick 5-2 run to bring the Hens’ lead to 11 points. A jumper by junior Kyla Kerstetter opened the half. After a Delaware basket, Tremba buried a triple, cutting the lead to 32-21 with 17:52 to play.
Delaware responded with the next eight points to build its lead to 18 points. A jumper by Jade Clark started the run. Baskets from Johnson and a traditional three-point play by Erika Brown brought the lead to 39-21 with 15:40 to play.
Midway through the second half, William and Mary used its 12-4 run to cut the Delaware lead to 45-35 with 5:09 to play. Boone sparked the run with a layup and a free throw. A defensive stop was matched by a jumper by freshman Alexis Hofstaedter, followed by a Boone layup. After the teams traded baskets, Tremba hit a free throw paired with a basket by senior Kaitlyn Mathieu to bring the W&M deficit to 10 points.
Delaware closed the game on 12-4 run to earn its second CAA win of the season. The Blue Hens were led by Buchanan, who finished with a double-double (20 points and 12 rebounds). Brown was also in double figures for the Blue Hens with 11 points.
For the 11th time and the 13 games William and Mary forced (14) more turnovers then they committed (10). Boone, Mathieu, and freshman Latrice Hunter each had two steals for the Tribe tonight.
Senior Victoria Willems finished the game with a career-high five blocks on the night. It was the most by Tribe player since Tiffany Benson recorded six against Old Dominion on Feb. 25, 2010. As a team, William and Mary recorded seven blocks, which were a season high.
The College returns to action with its first-ever league meeting against first year conference member the College of Charleston on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. The Tribe returns home to face reining WNIT Champion and conference foe Drexel on Thursday, Jan. 16. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.