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Women's Basketball Returns to Action Against In-State Rival Radford
Updated: Thursday 12/17/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary women’s basketball team returns to action for the first time in nearly two-weeks, when they welcome in-state rival Radford to Kaplan Arena inside of William and Mary Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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  Game Day Information  -  Game 8 vs. Radford
When:      Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 7 PM
 Where:     Williamsburg, Va.
Venue:    William and Mary Hall Seating Chart
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Game Notes:  
William and MaryRadford  | CAA
Season Stats:  
 William and Mary  |  Radford  | CAA
Highlights:  
Tribe vs. La Salle  | Tribe vs. UMass
Blogs:  
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OPENING TIP
William and Mary returns to the court for the first time in nearly two-weeks, when they welcome in-state rival Radford to Kaplan Arena on Wednesday night. The Tribe dropped the first game of its three-game home stand on Thursday, Dec. 5 to La Salle 73-59. William and Mary and Radford meet for the 21st time tonight. The Highlanders hold a 15-5 record against the Green and Gold.

LAST TIME OUT
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, Dec. 5. 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. 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) for the contest. Over the past three halves and overtime William and Mary has hit 37-of-41 (90.2-percent) from the charity stripe.

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS
Radford enters tonight’s contest following a 83-60 setback against Appalachian State at home on Monday night. The Highlanders currently are 2-7 on the season. The Highlanders were selected to finish eighth in the 11 team Big South Conference Preseason Poll. They are the fourth Big South opponent the Tribe has faced this season (Longwood, Winthrop, and High Point).  Ayana Avery leads Radford with 13.6 points a contest. Aisha Foy has chipped in 8.8 points per game to be the team’s second leading scorer.  On the glass, Avery leads the Highlanders as well, averaging 7.2 rebounds a night. Jordynn Gaymon has added 5.6 boards per game for RU.

SERIES HISTORY
This evening’s game is the 21st meeting between the Tribe and the Highlanders. Radford leads the overall series by a mark of 5-15.  The two schools last met on Dec. 8, 2012 in Radford, Va. Radford picked up a 72-55 victory over William and Mary. Emily Correal led the way for the Green and Gold with 28 points and six rebounds.

THE ROAD AHEAD
The Tribe concludes its season-long three-game home stand with a Saturday afternoon matinee against rival Old Dominion. The game, which is part of the Optima Health Challenge, tips at 2 p.m. William and Mary returns to action when they travel to Ames, Iowa for the Cyclone Challenge. The Tribe starts the event with a matchup against Saint Louis on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. EST.

MAKING THEM COUNT
William and Mary hit a season-high 25 free throws in the win against UMass on Saturday, Nov. 30, including hitting their last 18 free throws in a row. The Tribe continued its strong shoot from the line against La Salle in its last game. For the last three halves and an overtime the Tribe 90.2-percent (37-for-41) from the free throw line.

COMMONWEALTH CLASH
William and Mary will square off in five games this season with opponents from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Those matchups include: Longwood (11/11), Radford (12/18), Old Dominion (12/21), and James Madison (2/4 & 3/2).  Currently the Tribe has a 0-1 record against teams from the Commonwealth this season.

AGAINST THE BIG SOUTH
William and Mary is set to play four games against teams from the Big South conference this year, which is the most against any other conference besides the CAA. The Tribe matches up against Longwood (11/11), High Point (11/19), Winthrop (11/23), and Radford (12/18). Currently, the Tribe has a 0-3 record against Big South schools this season.

TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
William and Mary has committed less turnovers then its opponents in five of its seven games this season. The Tribe has committed only 122 turnovers, while forcing its opponents into 141.

SCORING FIRST
The Green and Gold has only scored the game’s first basket in a contest once. The basket came on a Kaitlyn Mathieu 3-pointer at Winthrop on Nov. 23. In addition, William and Mary has had a different player score its first points in four of the six games this season.

SENIOR SENSATION
Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu is averaging a team-high 13.9 points per game, while grabbing a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game. She has also chipped in nine steals and three blocks. Mathieu has now scored in double figures 26 times in her four-year career., including six of the seven  games this season. The Waterboro, Maine native also garnered CAA All-Rookie honors following a freshman campaign in which she averaged 9.3 points, and 5.0 rebounds a contest.

STEALING THE SHOW
The College has forced at least 20 turnovers in three of its seven games this season. Of the 141 turnovers forced, 71 of those have come off of William and Mary steals. William and Mary has forced 10, or more, steals in four of its seven games this season as well. The Green and Gold forced a season-high 31 turnovers as well as season-high 17 steals in its win against UMass on Nov. 30.  Individually, junior Jazmen Boone leads the Tribe with 17 thefts, while classmate Kyla Kerstetter is right behind with 15 steals. Last season, the Tribe forced opponents into 20 turnovers, or more, 13 times.

CLUTCH KYLA
Junior Kyla Kerstetter has been a consistent threat for the Tribe all season, but has really turned it on in her last five games, averaging 13.8 points a night. Kerstetter enjoyed the best offensive night of her William and Mary career against High Point. Kerstetter scored a game and career-high 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting. She also chipped in four rebounds, two assists, a block, and two steals. The Brentwood, Tenn. native is averaging 12.0 points per game, to go along with 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.9 steals.

TURNING IT ON
Junior Jazmen Boone has scored 24 points in each of the last two games for William and Mary and has scored in double-figures in three of the last four contests. The Virginia Beach, Va. native is averaging 15.0 points over the last four games for the Tribe.  Overall, Boone is chipping in 11.1 points a night, along with 4.1 boards, a team-high 17 steals, and 19 assists. 

COMBO NUMBER ONE PLEASE
To date, William and Mary has used 73 different lineup combinations at any point throughout a game. The lineup of senior Kaitlyn Mathieu, juniors Anna Kestler, Jazmen Boone, Kyla Kerstetter and freshman Marlena Tremba has played the most minutes, playing 52:02. According to the +/- stats, the lineup of Mathieu, Kerstetter, and freshmen Alexis Hofstaedter, Kasey Curtis, and Tremba have been the most effective, recording a +13 in just 8:36 of action.

FAMILAR FACES
When William and Mary and Radford meet tonight it will be a reunion of sorts for a trio of coaches on the sideline. W&M’s director of basketball operations Kara Powell played for Radford’s head coach Mike McGuire, who was an assistant coach at Richmond. The connection doesn’t stop there, as Radford’s director of basketball operations Abby Oliver was a teammate of Powell’s at Richmond as well.











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