WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe women's basketball team fell to James Madison 50-40, Sunday afternoon in Kaplan Arena. The setback drops William and Mary to an overall record of 8-10 and a CAA ledger of 1-6. With the win, James Madison improves to 14-4 on the season and 5-2 in league action.
Junior forward Jaclyn McKenna led the Tribe by notching her third career double-double, 11 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Fellow classmate Emily Correal chipped in ten points, while corralling seven boards. The College finished the game outrebounding one of the CAA's best rebounding teams in JMU, 55-48.
In the opening minutes of the first half the Green and Gold established their defensive presence by forcing three-straight Madison turnovers. Capitalizing off the Duke mistakes, the Tribe raced out to an early 8-2 advantage. Orchestrating the Tribe's effort was Correal, who tallied four points in the run.
A Janine Aldridge catch and fire 3-pointer capped off a 9-2 run by the College. During that stretch senior Taysha Pye poured in four of her total eight points. James Madison answered when Nikki Newman connected from downtown, trimming the Tribe lead to only three, 17-14.
With 1:25 left in the opening frame another 9-2 Tribe run culminated in an Aldridge steal. The Massapequa, N.Y. native then went coast-to-coast for the fast break layup, pushing the Tribe stranglehold to 26-16. The defensive-minded first-half ended with William and Mary holding a 26-16 lead.
Stifling defense highlighted one of the Tribe's best halves of the year. William and Mary held JMU to a season-low 16 first half points. The Green and Gold limited the Dukes to shoot only 21.2 percent from the floor (7-of-33). From long distance the College forced JMU to shoot an abysmal 1-of-12 (8.3 percent). At intermission, the College held the upper hand in points in the paint, points off turnovers, fast break points, bench points, and rebounding.
The Tribe's 10-point lead was quickly trimmed to four, 28-24, when JMU's Kiara Francisco connected on a jump shot in the opening minutes of the second-half. However, McKenna's 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 10:43 remaining pushed the William and Mary lead back to double digits, 38-28.
Turning up the pressure, James Madison answered with a 20-0 run, seizing control of the game. Unable to complete the comeback, the College fell to James Madison, 50-40.