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Second Half Comeback Leads Women's Basketball Over Second-Place Delaware 68-64
Updated: Tuesday 02/23/2014 (ET)
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NEWARK, Del. – The William and Mary women’s basketball team used a second half comeback to top Delaware 68-64 on the road on Sunday afternoon. The Tribe placed two players in double-figures in its first road win since Jan. 31, 2013. With the win, William and Mary improves to 7-18, 4-9 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while Delaware falls to 17-8, 9-5 in league action.

Freshman Marlena Tremba scored a team-high 21 points, added two assists, and a steal. It was the 20th time this season she has scored in double-figures and her fourth 20-point game of the season. Junior Kyla Kerstetter added 17 points and six rebounds. Junior Jazmen Boone chipped in nine points, while freshman Alexis Hofstaedter added eight points.

Delaware opened the game on an 8-2 run to take an early lead by the same score. The run was sparked by six free throws in the game’s opening stages.

William and Mary charged back with a 10-4 run to tie the game at 12-12. A layup by Kerstetter and a triple from Hofstaedter brought the Tribe within 10-7 with 15:41 to play. Boone hit a layup, and after a Blue Hen’s basket, Tremba responded with a 3-pointer, tying the score 12-12.

Neither team led by more than two possessions for the remainder of the first half. Delaware was able to bring a 39-36 at the break.

After the team’s traded baskets to open the second half of the game, Delaware used a 7-2 run, to take its largest lead of the game at 11 points. Kelsey Buchanan opened the run with a layup, but the freshman Latrice Hunter answered. A pair of free throws and a 3-pointer from Courtni Green gave Delaware a 56-45 lead.

William and Mary responded with a 13-2 run to take a three-point lead with 6:02 remaining. A pair of free throws by Tremba and a Boone layup cut the lead to seven points. After a Delaware basket, senior Kaitlyn Mathieu hit a layup, followed by a jumper and a free throw by Tremba to bring the lead to four. Kerstetter hit a layup and a Tremba three-pointer gave W&M a 69-68 lead. Two free throws from Kerstetter ended the run and gave the Tribe a 61-58 lead with 6:02 to play.

The Tribe didn’t relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. Delaware was able to tie the score once, but Hunter and Tremba hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Delaware had three in double-figures, led by Buchanan’s double-double (24 points and 10 rebounds). Hannah Jardine (13) and Courtni Green (15) were also in double-figures for the Blue Hens.

William and Mary forced Delaware into 25 turnovers on 16 steals. Boone led the way with five steals, Mathieu had four, while Kerstetter and Hunter each had three. It was the 17th time the Tribe has forced more turnovers then they committed.

The Tribe continued its hot shooting of late. The College shot 41-percent (25-of-61) from the floor on the game, which was the third straight game the Green and Gold shot better than 40-percent.

Mathieu, who has started every game for the Tribe this season, entered the top 10 all-time in games played, earning her 111th appearance.

The College closes the regular season with two of three games at Kaplan Arena. The Tribe hosts Northeastern on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., before heading to James Madison on Sunday, March 2 at. The final game of the regular season will be on Wednesday, March 5 at William and Mary Hall at 7 p.m.

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