WILMINGTON, N.C. – Freshman Marlena Tremba led all scorers with 17 points, but the William and Mary women’s basketball team fell in heartbreaking fashion on Thursday night in Wilmington, N.C. UNCW’s Kelva Atkins hit a runner in the lane with just five seconds left that lifted the Seahawks to a 60-59 victory. William and Mary falls to 3-13 overall in 0-4 in CAA play, while the Seahawks improve to 3-16, 2-3 in league play.
Tremba finished the game with five rebounds and three assists to go with her 17 points. Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu (13 points and 13 rebounds) and junior Jazmen Boone (14 points and 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles for the Green and Gold. It was the fifth double-double of the season for Mathieu, while Boone recorded the first double-double of her career.
With the score tied 10-10, UNCW used a 9-3 run to build its largest lead of the game at 19-13. A traditional three-point play by Amber Reeves opened the run, followed by a jumper by Johanna McMillian. Following a trey from Tremba, D’Asia Cain and Atkins hit layups, completing the run.
The Tribe responded with 15-4 run to take its first lead of the game, and build its advantage to five points. A three-pointer from Tremba opened the run, but UNCW followed with a jumper by Brie Mobley. W&M went on to score the next eight points to take a 26-21 lead. A layup by Mathieu, followed by a triple from sophomore Brooke Stewart tied the game at 21. Tremba then hit a pull up jumper in transition, and Mathieu scored the final three points of the run with a jumper and a free throw.
UNCW brought the Tribe led back to a point, before W&M closed the half on an 8-4 run to take a 36-31 halftime lead.
The Seahawks used an 8-0 run early in the second half to regain a 46-42 advantage with 12:23 to play in regulation. Ryan Flowers opened the run with a jumper, followed by a Reeves jumper that tied the game. Atkins and Cain scored the next four points to end the UNCW run.
Trailing by five, William and Mary used a 7-0 run to take a two-point lead with 4:25 to play. A pair of Tremba free throws, followed by a triple from freshman Latrice Hunter tied the scored at 53-53. Tremba then hit a jumper to give the Tribe a 55-53 lead.
The game remained back in forth for the final four minutes, with neither team taking more than a one-point advantage. Atkins drove the lane and hit the game-winner with five second remaining. The Tribe did have the final shot, but junior Kyla Kerstetter’s 3-point attempt came up short.
For the 12th time this season, William and Mary forced (15) more turnovers then they committed (13). The Tribe also forced 11 steals tonight led by Boone, who finished with six thefts on the evening.
Mathieu and Boone each recorded a double-double, which was the first time this 5season that two Tribe players recorded a double-double in the same game. It is the first time since Jan. 6, 2013 that two W&M players had a double-double in the same contest.
The College returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 26 when they welcome CAA foe Towson to Kaplan Arena at William and Mary Hall. Tipoff between the Tribe and Tigers is set for 2 p.m.