Mathieu finished the game with 16 points to go along with eight rebounds. Freshman Latrice Hunter finished the game with 15 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals, while junior Kyla Kerstetter scored 10 points, grabbed three rebounds two assists and two steals.
The Tribe falls to 3-11, 0-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Cougars improve to 8-7 and 1-1.
Charleston opened the game on an 18-2 run. Breanna Bold started the game’s scoring with a layup, followed by layups from Christy Hewatt, and a pair of lay-ins by Afreya Tolbert. After a jumper by Kerstetter, the Cougars responded with the next 10 points. Layups from Jenice Winter, a pair of layups form Bolden, and Jazz Green matched by a jumper by Christy Hewitt ended the run.
William and Mary responded with an 11-4 run to bring the score to 22-13 with 9:28 to play in the first half. A transition 3-pointer from freshman Marlena Tremba started the run. After a turnover, Mathieu hit a layup. Following a pair of free throws from the College of Charleston, Kerstetter hit a fastbreak layup. Charleston answered with a pair of free throws, but Tremba ended the Tribe run with a triple from the corner.
College of Charleston ended the first half on a 19-9 run to take a 50-29 lead at halftime. The run was led by Mikaela Hopkins, who had 10 points, sparking the outbreak. The Cougars also enjoyed shooting 60.6-percent in the first half to build its lead.
Charleston opened the second half with an 11-4, building one of its largest leads of the game. Christy Hewatt began the half with a layup. After a Tribe free throw, Hewatt and Green combined for the next six points. Following a traditional three-point play by Mathieu, the Cougars finished the run with a Tolbert free throw, a Green layup, and a pair of free throws from Hopkins.
The Cougars were led offensively by Hewatt, who had a game-high 18 points. Green (12), Jasmine Carter (12), and Hopkins (10) were also in double-figures for the College of Charleston. The Cougars finished the game shooting 55.4-percent, while limiting the Green and Gold to 34.5-percent from the floor.
Hunter finished a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. It is the second-time this season she has tied the school record for free throw percentage in a game. The record is 100-percent with a minimum of six makes.
W&M returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 16 when they welcome Drexel to Kaplan Arena at William and Mary Hall. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The Tribe will enjoy a weekend off, before heading to UNCW on Thursday, Jan. 23. Tip time for that game is also 7 p.m.