WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Junior Jazmen Boone scored a career-high tying 24 points to lead all scorers, and three Tribe players in double-figures, but the William and Mary women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome La Salle and fell 73-59 on Thursday night.
Boone, who recorded 24 points for the second straight contest, also finished with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Classmate Kyla Kerstetter finished with 12 points, while senior Kaitlyn Mathieu chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.
William and Mary falls to 1-6 on the season, while La Salle improves to 3-4.
Early on, the teams battled to an 8-7 score, however, La Salled followed with an 8-2 run to push its lead to 16-9. Deja Bullock hit three of the four baskets, while Leeza Burdgess added the other as the Explorers took the lead by seven-points with 11:46 remaining in the first half.
The Tribe answered with a 9-2 run, to cut La Salle’s lead to two-points, 18-16, with 9:25 to go in the half. The run started on a pair of free throws by Boone. A jumper by Mathieu and a pair of free throws from sophomore Brooke Stewart made up the rest of the Green and Gold’s run.
La Salle closed out the first half on an 11-2 run to take a 37-26 lead at the break. Alicia Cooper started the rally with a jumper that was followed by a trey from Micahya Owens. A Burdgess jumper and a pair of Owens’ free throws concluded the run.
The Explorers continued its end to the first half with an 8-3 run to start the second half, building its largest lead of the game at 18 points, 47-29. A 3-pointer from Owens started the second half, but Boone answered with a traditional three-point play. La Salle went on to score the next five points on a trey from Owens and a jumper from Burdgess.
William and Mary made one final run, cutting La Salle’s lead to nine points with 2:16 to go in the game. The run started with a layup from Mathieu. After freshman Marlena Tremba stole the ball, Boone knocked down a pair of free throws. The final basket came on a layup from Boone, concluding the 6-0 run.
For the fifth time this season, William and Mary forced more turnovers (16) then they committed (9). Tremba, Boone and Kerstetter all recorded two steals for the Tribe. The nine turnovers were a season-best for W&M.
The Green and Gold continue to shoot the ball well from the free throw line shooting 82.3-percent (19-for-23) tonight. Over the past three halves and an overtime William and Mary has hit 37-of-41 (90.2-percent) from the charity stripe.
The College, which will have nearly two-weeks off for finals, continues it season-long three-game home stand against in-state rival Radford on Wednesday, December 18. Tipoff from Kaplan Arena inside of William and Mary Hall is set for 7 p.m.