WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary women’s basketball team used a big first half to defeat Towson 69-60 at Kaplan Arena on Sunday afternoon. Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu scored a career-high 19 points to pace the Tribe in the victory. With the win, the Tribe improved to 4-14, 1-4 in CAA play, while Towson fell to 9-10, 3-3 in league play.
The Tribe shot 40-percent from the field in the first half, including shooting a blistering 58-percent from 3-point range, as William and Mary built a 20-point halftime advantage. The Tribe forced 14 Towson turnovers in the first half, off of nine steals.
Mathieu added seven rebounds and two blocks to go along with her 19 points. Freshman Marlena Tremba finished the game with 17 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Juniors Jazmen Boone and Kyla Kerstetter each finished with 12 points and added six and seven rebounds, respectively.
After surrendering the first basket of the game, the Tribe used a 9-0 run to build an early first half lead. A jumper by Mathieu opened the run, Kerstetter hit a jumper to give the Tribe a 4-2 lead. A Tremba 3-pointer and a layup from Boone gave the Tribe a 9-2 lead.
Towson brought the Tribe’s lead to four points, 16-12, but the Tribe used a 19-2 run to extend its lead to 21 points. Boone had six points during the stretch, while Mathieu finished the run with four points.
Sophomore Brooke Stewart helped the Tribe continue to build its lead with three 3-pointers on three possessions in a row. The College held a 41-21 lead at the break. W&M shot 40-percent (15-for-33) from the floor, and 58-percent (7-for-12) from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Green and Gold used a quick 4-0 run to open the second half to push its lead to a game-high 24-points at 43-21. A basket by Mathieu and pair of Tremba free throws accounted for the Tribe scoring.
Towson did make a comeback late and was able to bring the Tribe’s lead to nine with a 16-6 run over the final 8:10 of the game. The run was paced by Tanisha McTiller, who had seven of Towson’s points during the stretch.
McTiller finished with a game-high 28 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers. LaTorri Hines-Allen finished the contest with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
For the 13th time this season, William and Mary forced (19) more turnovers then they committed (16). The Tribe had 11 steals paced by four thefts from Boone. It was the 11th time this season that the Tribe forced 10, or more, steals.
William and Mary also recorded a season-high 18 assists on 24 made field goals. Junior Anna Kestler led the Tribe with five helpers. It was the ninth time in her career that Kestler has had five, or more assists.
Stewart finished the game with a career-high nine points. She also chipped in seven boards in 16 minutes off of the bench.
The College returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 30 when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Drexel. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. William and Mary returns home on Sunday, Feb. 2 to take on the College of Charleston at 2 p.m. The game will serve as the Tribe’s breast cancer awareness game, and all fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.