WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe women's basketball team defeated Old Dominion 83-80, Thursday night inside Kaplan Arena. Down by as many as 12 points in the second half, the College used a 25-4 second-half run to defeat the Lady Monarchs for the first time since 1975. With the win William and Mary improves to 9-10 on the season, and 2-6 in CAA play. The loss drops Old Dominion to 6-14 on the year and 3-5 in league action.
Senior guard Taysha Pye led the Tribe with a game-high 23 points and six rebounds. The Bronx, N.Y. native scored 19 of her 23 points in the second-half and fueled the College to 51 second-half points. Also leading the way was junior forward Emily Correal, who poured in 18 points and eight boards. Rounding out the double-digit scorers for W&M was junior guard Janine Aldridge who tallied 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor.
In an opening half that saw eight ties and nine lead changes, the Green and Gold struck first when Aldridge found junior Jaclyn McKenna open for an easy lay-up, giving the College a 2-0 lead. The Lady Monarch's took a 14-12 lead after two made free throws by Mairi Buchan. On its very next possession the Green and Gold answered after Aldridge buried a 3-pointer, giving W&M a 15-14 advantage.
With 5:20 left to play in the opening frame Pye's lay-up gave the Green and Gold it's largest lead of the half, 21-18. Answering right back, Old Dominion rallied when Tiffany Minor connected from downtown, giving ODU back the lead at 31-28. A Correal jumper with 37 seconds left put the Green and Gold back on top at 32-31. ODU's Ashley Betz-White gave the Monarch's a 34-32 halftime lead, however, as she made a 3-pointer with only 18 seconds remaining.
Leading W&M in the first half was Correal, who tallied nine points and seven rebounds. Also chipping in was Aldridge who registered six points, with all six coming on two made 3-pointers. For the half, the Green and Gold shot 11-of-34 from the field, and held a 12-3 advantage on points off of turnovers. Eight Tribe players notched at least two points in the opening stanza.
As the second-half got underway Old Dominion quickly added to its lead, and with 12:39 remaining in the contest the Lady Monarch's owned a 60-49 advantage. However, an 8-0 run by Pye cut the W&M deficit to only 62-60 with 8:27 left to go. Pye's run ignited a gigantic swing in momentum as the Green and Gold were in the midst of a 25-4 run.
McKenna's hoop and the harm with 7:41 left, gave W&M its first lead of the second stanza, 63-62. Down by four, ODU's Tia Lewis drained a jumper cutting the Lady Monarch deficit to only two, 68-66. On the very next possession Aldridge put an end to any ODU comeback by connecting from downtown, extending the Tribe lead to 71-66 with 4:50 left to play. The Green and Gold then reeled off six-straight points, pushing the inevitable to 77-66 at the 3:33 mark.
At the 1:30 junction of the second frame, freshman guard Anna Kestler connected on a pair of clutch free throws, putting the College up 81-73. A 3-pointer from ODU's Ashley Betz-White capped off a quick 7-0 Lady Monarch run that cut the W&M lead to only two, 82-80. With only ten seconds remaining, the Tribe's relentless defensive effort forced Old Dominion's Jackie Cook in to a game-changing turnover. A free throw by senior guard Katherine DeHenzel put W&M up 83-80 with four ticks on the clock. Betz-White's 3-pointer from 27 feet away clanged harmlessly off the backboard as time expired, giving William and Mary the victory.
DeHenzel had another solid, all-around game for the College, tallying four points, six assists, and four rebounds. McKenna, limited by foul trouble, also had a nice effort, netting nine points while grabbing seven boards.
As a team, the Tribe shot 25-of-59 for the game, thanks in part to a hot-shooting second half that saw the College go 14-of-25 from the floor. W&M made the Lady Monarchs pay for their 22 turnovers on Thursday night, scoring 30 points off ODU mistakes. The Tribe also had a 34-10 advantage on bench points and a 22-13 lead in fast-break points.
The win over Old Dominion for William and Mary snapped a 52-game losing streak to the Lady Monarchs that dated back to February 6, 1975.
The College returns to action Sunday, January 29 as it travels to Northeastern for a conference tilt with the Huskies. Tip-off from Matthew's Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m. Fans can follow all of the action online at TribeAthletics.com.