WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe women's basketball team dropped a tough game to the visiting George Washington Colonials on Wednesday night, 74-66, in Kaplan Arena. With the loss, the Tribe falls to 6-5 on the season, while the Colonials improve to 6-6 on the year.
Junior Emily Correal notched her 11th career double-double in the loss, scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, while classmate Janine Aldridge netted a team-high 20 points to go with four steals and three assists. Off the bench, junior Taylor Hilton scored a season-best 11 points.
In the first half on Wednesday, the Tribe was a bit slow out of the gates, allowing the visiting Colonials to control the first 10 minutes of the game. At the 9:14 mark of the opening frame, George Washington had run out to an 11-point lead, 29-18.
Over the next two minutes and 48 seconds, the College finally answered back, closing the GW lead to 29-28 thanks to a 10-0 run. In the stretch, Aldridge and junior Jaclyn McKenna each had three points, while Correal and freshman Kyla Kerstetter each had a pair. Despite not scoring in the run, senior Katherine DeHenzel was key, dishing out three assists.
For the remainder of the first half, the teams traded buckets, with George Washington taking a 39-35 lead in to the locker rooms. In the first 20 minutes for W&M, nine different players scored, led by Aldridge who had nine and Correal who added eight while grabbing five rebounds. As a team, the Tribe shot a terrific 48.3% (14-of-29) from the floor and had 13 assists on its 14 made buckets.
At the onset of the second half, the Tribe quickly cut the George Washington lead down to two, 39-37, on a Chanel Murchison layup. GW answered right back, however, going on an 8-2 run to retake an eight point advantage.
For the majority of the second half, the Colonials were able to keep the Tribe at arm's length and with just 5:32 left in the game, GW had a 65-54 lead over the College. Staging one more rally, the Tribe went on a 8-2 run, cutting the lead to five, but that was as close as the Tribe came and George Washington held on for a 74-66 road win.
For the game, all 11 Tribe players who played against the Colonials scored at least two points. As a team, the Tribe had 20 assists in its 24 made baskets, led by DeHenzel who had seven and Murchison who tied her career high with four.
The William and Mary Tribe women's basketball team will continue it's four-game homestand on Friday, December 30 when the College will play host to Elizabeth City State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Kaplan Arena.