PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The William and Mary women’s basketball team dropped a 66-42 decision on the road to Colonial Athletic Association foe Drexel on Thursday night. Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu led the Tribe with 12 points. William and Mary falls to 4-14, 1-5 in CAA play, while Drexel improves to 10-9, 5-1 in league action.
Mathieu added six rebounds to her 12 points to lead two Tribe players in double- figures. Freshman Marlena Tremba finished the game with 11 points, two rebounds, four assists, and a steal. Juniors Jazmen Boone (seven points) and Kyla Kerstetter tied for the team lead with six boards.
With Drexel leading 4-3, the Dragons used a 13-4 run to build its lead to double-digits. A layup by Fiona Flanagan opened the Drexel run, followed by a 3-pointer from Rachel Pearson. After a jumper by Mathieu, the teams traded baskets momentarily, making the score 12-7. Drexel went on to score the next five points on a layup from Jackie Schluth and a triple from Pearson.
The Dragons were able to extend its lead to a half-high 16 with a 4-0 run late in the first half. A jumper by Pearson and a layup by Carrie Alexander accounted for the Dragons points. William and Mary was able to get a triple from sophomore Brooke Stewart before the end of the first half.
Drexel, which held a 33-20 halftime lead, shot 43.8-percent from the floor in the first half. They were paced by Pearson, who finished with 15 first half points.
William and Mary opened the second half with a 9-4 run to cut Drexel’s to eight points. Mathieu opened the second half with jumper, but Drexel answered. Then Boone responded with a layup. Again Drexel responded, but the Tribe answered with a 5-0 run. Freshman Latrice Hunter hit a jumper in the lane, that was followed by a Tremba 3-pointer, making the score 37-29.
Following a media timeout, Drexel used a 12-0 run to establish a 20-point lead, and take control of the game. Drexel’s Tory Thierolf and Jackie Schluth combined for 10 of the Dragons’ 12-points during the stretch.
Pearson finished with a game-high 15 points, but the Tribe limited her without a bucket in the second half. Thierolf finished with 13 points, while Schluth finished the game with eight points for the Dragons. As a team, Drexel shot 44-percent for the contest.
The Green and Gold returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 2, when they welcome the College of Charleston to Kaplan Arena at William and Hall. The game, which tips off at 2 p.m., will serve as the “Think Pink” game. All fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness month.