With the win, William and Mary improves to 2-6 on the season, while Radford drops to 2-8.
The Green and Gold started the game’s scoring off with a basket from Boone, but the Highlanders responded quickly. Radford used a 4-0 run to build its biggest lead of the game, 8-4, at the 16:46 mark of the first half. Aisha Foy started the run with a layup, Breshara Gordon followed with a jumper, and Kiera McIvor ended the run with a jumper.
W&M responded with a 7-0 run to take a 13-10 lead midway through the first half. Boone started the run with a pair of free throws, and a layup, which was followed by a layup from Mathieu. Freshman Marlena Tremba capped off the run with a 3-pointer from the corner.
After both teams traded baskets for a couple of minutes, William and Mary closed the half with a fury. With the game tied at 20-20, the Tribe closed the final 4:44 of the half on a 9-4 run. A pair of baskets by Mathieu was matched by baskets from Boone, who added a free throw, and junior Kyla Kerstetter to put the Green and Gold up 29-24 at the break.
Radford opened the second half with a 5-2 run to cut the Tribe lead to two points at 31-29. A traditional three-point play by McIvor and a lay-up by Foy sparked the run.
The Highlanders tied the game at 35-35 with 13:53 remaining in regulation, but the Tribe responded with a 5-0 run, bringing the lead back to 39-35. A 3-pointer from Tremba opened the run, and then Boone followed with a pair from the charity stripe.
However, Radford fought back with a 10-4 run and took its largest lead of the half 47-44 with 7:32 to go. Points from McIvor, Rachel Ross, Gordon, and Jordynn Gaymon spurred the run.
William and Mary bounced back with the knockout punch, which was a 9-0 run that started the game-ending 23-6 run. A 3-pointer from Kerstetter tied the game at 47-47. After a Tribe stop on defense, Mathieu hit a pair of layups to put the Tribe up by four points. A Kerstetter steal led to a Boone transition layup for the last points of the run.
The Tribe continued to pull away, thanks to free throw shooting down the stretch. Freshman Latrice Hunter was key during that stretch, hitting nine freebees on the evening.
Hunter finished the game with nine points, four rebounds, three assists, and no turnovers. Kerstetter nearly added a triple-double with nine points, eight rebounds, and a school record tying nine steals. Tremba also added nine points, a career-high nine boards, two assists, and five steals.
For the sixth time in eight games this season, the Tribe forced (24) more turnovers then they committed (11). W&M finished the game with a season-high 18 steals.
The College returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 21 when they welcome rival Old Dominion to Kaplan Arena inside William and Mary Hall. The game, which is apart of the Optima Health Challenge, tips off at 2 p.m.