WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary women’s basketball team opens the 2014 CAA Tournament against the No. 9 seeded UNCW Seahawks on Thursday, March 13 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. at 2 p.m. The game and first two rounds of the tournament will be streamed on CAASports.com.
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| Game Day Information - CAA Opening Round vs. UNCW
|When:||Thursday, March 13, 2014|
|Where:||Upper Marlboro, Md.|
|Venue:||Show Place Arena | Seating Chart|
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William and Mary opens up Colonial Athletic Association Championship play against UNCW on Wednesday afternoon at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. The Tribe is looking to snap a two-game losing streak, after falling 80-77 in double-overtime thriller against Hofstra on March 5 in the regular season finale. Today’s game is the third meeting of the season between W&M and UNCW. The teams split the regular season series, with both teams holding serve at home. W&M and UNCW are meeting for the 63rd time in series history this afternoon. The Tribe holds 32-30 advantage in series.
Four members of the William and Mary women’s basketball received Colonial Athletic Association honors, announced at the pre-tournament awards banquet on Wednesday night in Arlington, Va. Freshman Marlena Tremba highlighted the awards, bringing home CAA Rookie of the Year honors, as well as being named to the all-rookie squad. Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu was named to the Third-Team All-CAA. Junior Jazmen Boone picked up an all-defensive team citation and was a member of the all-academic. The final selection was junior Kyla Kerstetter, who was also named to the all-academic team.
LAST TIME OUT
The William and Mary women’s basketball team battled to the buzzer and then some, falling to Hofstra 80-77 in double overtime at Kaplan Arena in the regular season finale on Wednesday night. W&M had five players in double-figures, in a game that featured six lead changes and seven ties. Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu finished the game with a career and game-high 23 points, adding 12 rebounds, a career-high four blocks, and one steal. It was the 11th double-double of her career. Freshman Marlena Tremba scored 14 points, grabbed three rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Junior Jazmen Boone chipped in 12 points, three rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Classmate Kyla Kerstetter and freshman Latrice Hunter each had 10 points apiece. For the 18th time this season William and Mary forced (21) more turnovers then they committed (20). The Tribe forced 12 steals led by three apiece from Boone and Tremba.
SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS
UNCW enters the conference tournament as the No. 9 seed. The Seahawks posted a 4-26 overall record and a 3-13 mark in CAA play. Kelva Atkins leads the UNCW offense averaging 15.1 points a night. Brie Mobley is also averaging double-figures for the Seahawks scoring 11.6 points per game. On the glass, Ryan Flowers leads the way with 7.6 rebounds a night. Atkins (5.3) and Nagaiyyah Teague (5.0) are second and third on the team in rebounding.
W&M and UNCW are meeting for the 63rd time in series history this afternoon. The Tribe holds 32-30 advantage in series. Today’s game is the third meeting of the season between W&M and UNCW. The teams split the regular season series, with both teams holding serve at home. W&M and UNCW are meeting for the 63rd time in series history this afternoon. The Tribe holds 32-30 advantage in series. The William and Mary women’s basketball team dominated from the opening tip in routing UNCW, 97-44, on Senior Day at Kaplan Arena. The Green and Gold scored the game’s opening seven points on the way to the third-largest margin of victory in school history. Along the way, W&M set three school records and had three other performances that ranked among the top five in school history. Kerstetter and Tremba each added 12 points and Hofstaedter chipped in a career-high 10 points to give W&M five players in double figures. Hunter added nine points and three assists, while Morrison and Masaquel had career-highs with seven and six points, respectively. Amber Reeves led UNCW with 14 points, including an impressive 10-of-11 effort from the free throw line. Kelva Atkins added 12 points and Ryan Flowers pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. In the first meeting of the season, freshman Marlena Tremba led all scorers with 17 points, but the William and Mary women’s basketball team fell in heartbreaking fashion on Jan. 23 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 Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu (13 points and 13 rebounds) and junior Jazmen Boone (14 points and 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles for the Tribe.
THE ROAD AHEAD
The winner of today’s game moves on to the CAA Quarterfinals and will play top-seeded James Madison on Friday, March 14 at noon.
The Tribe played its second overtime game of the season against Hofstra on March 5. So far this season the Tribe has posted a 1-1 record in overtime.
FIVE FOR FIGHTING
For the third time this season, William and Mary placed five players in double-figures in the same. The Tribe is 2-1 when they have players in double-figures this season, picking up wins over UMass and UNCW, before falling to Hofstra.
A MONTH TO REMEMBER
February may be the shortest month of the year, but the Tribe made the most of it this year. With its win against Northeastern the Green and Gold finished the month an even 4-4. It was the first time since the 2005-06 season that the Tribe finished the month with a .500 record.
The Green and Gold has found its touch from the floor over the past couple of weeks. W&M has shot better than 40-percent in four of its last six games, including shooting 61.2-percent against UNCW on Feb. 16, which is tied for second all-time in school history. William and Mary has shot better than 40-percent in 12 games this season, posting a 7-5 record in those contests.
ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS
Against UNCW on Feb. 16, William and Mary set three new school records, while having three statistics rank in the top five in school history. The Tribe, as a team, tied a school record by making 41 field goals, while it broke the school record with 27 assists. Individually, junior Jazmen Boone finished the game 8-for-8, which was a school record. The College’s 61.2-percent shooting percentage is the second best all-time, while its blocks (9) and points (97) both tied for fifth all-time.
William and Mary recorded a school record 27 assists against UNCW on Feb. 16. The Tribe’s previous season-high was 18 assists, which they recorded twice. In the Green and Gold’s victories this season they are averaging 15.9 assists. For the season, the College is just averaging 13.0 assists per game.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Freshman Marlena Tremba has hit more three-pointers (65) and attempted more (217) than any other member of the Tribe team. The 206 3-point attempts account for 66% of the shots Tremba has attempted this season.The Vienna, Va. native now ranks first for 3-pointers made in a freshman season with 65. The 65 threes are more than five teams in the country have hit this season. Tremba’s 2.3, 3-pointers per game ranks third in the CAA and 84th nationally. While her 3-point field goal percentage (30.6%) ranks fourth in the CAA and 151st in the NCAA.
START ME UP
William and Mary has used 10 different starting lineups this season, with 10 different players getting at least one start. The lineup of senior Kaitlyn Mathieu, juniors Anna Kestler, Jazmen Boone, and Kyla Kerstetter, and freshman Marlena Tremba have started (5) the most games this season. Mathieu is the only player for the Tribe to start every game this season.
After only scoring the game’s first bucket in three of the first 20 games, the Tribe has opened the scoring in four of the last eight contests. For the season, W&M has scored first six times. Individually, senior Kaitlyn Mathieu has scored the Tribe’s first point in nine games.
HERE COMES THE BOONE
Junior Jazmen Boone scored at least 20 points in four contests this season, including back-to-back 24-point performances against UMass (11/30) and La Salle (12/5). The Virginia Beach, Va. native recorded her first career double-double at UNCW on Jan. 23 with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She set a school record, going a perfect 8-for-8 from the field in William and Mary’s win over UNCW on Feb. 16. Boone’s 2.8 steals per contest rank her 17th in the NCAA in steals per game. Overall, Boone is chipping in 11.5 points a night, along with 4.5 boards, 2.8 steals, and 2.4 assists.
William and Mary boasts four players that are averaging double-figures this season. Freshman Marlena Tremba (13.4), senior Kaitlyn Mathieu (12.1), and juniors Jazmen Boone (11.5) and Kyla Kerstetter (10.5) are all averaging double figures for the Tribe. The College is the only school in the CAA to have four players ranking in the top 20 in scoring, as well. In addition, the Tribe has had six (Tremba, Mathieu, Boone, Hunter, Kerstetter, Stewart) different players lead them in scoring in a game. Tremba has led the Tribe in scoring the most this season, being the team’s leading scorer in 10 different games.
MAKING THEM COUNT
The College shot a season-best 90.5-percent from the charity stripe in back-to-back games Feb. 2 and Feb. 4. It was the best performance at the foul line since Feb. 26, 2013. For the sixth time this season, a W&M player tied the school record for free throw percentage in a game against Hofstra. Junior Jazmen Boone went 6-for-6 from the line in that game, and tied the school record for the second time this season. Classmate Kyla Kerstetter went a perfect 6-for-6 against Northeastern on Feb. 13. She joins freshmen Marlena Tremba and Latirce Hunter (twice), who both are tied for the school record. In the James Madison game, junior Jazmen Boone hit a career-high 12 free throws, while Tremba (3) and sophomore Brooke Stewart (2) connected on all of their freebees. For the season, W&M is shooting 72.2-percent which ranks 84th nationally and fourth in the CAA.
HITTING THE CENTURY MARK
Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu played her 100th career game, when she earned the starting nod against the College of Charleston on Sunday, Jan. 12. Mathieu moved into the top 10 all-time in school history in games played when she started against Delaware on Feb. 23. Mathieu is now in sole possession of ninth place all-time with 114 games played. With a start or an appearance today, she will move into a tie for eighth place in school history.
Freshman Marlena Tremba has made quite the first impression to start her collegiate career. The freshman has averaged 13.4 points, while grabbing 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per contest.She was named CAA Rookie of the Week for the week of Dec. 30, Feb. 3, and Feb. 24. Tremba’s 13.4 points per contest rank 11th in the CAA, and are the most by any freshman in the league. The Vienna, Va. native has scored in double figures in 22 of the Tribe’s 28 contests this season, including 12 of the last 13 games. Through her first 23 games, her 13.3 points per game rank her fourth all-time among Tribe freshman. With 375 points this season, Tremba is in sole possession of third place among freshman in school history. She needs 20 more points to move into second place among William and Mary freshman.
Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu recorded her 11th career double-double and her eighth this year versus Hofstra on March 5. Mathieu recorded a career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds in the contest. Earlier this season, the Waterboro, Maine native record a double-doubles against High Point and UMass, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in both contests. Her third, double-double came against Radford. Against North Carolina A&T on Jan. 3, scoring 11 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. Mathieu’s fifth double-double of the season came against UNCW when she scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Her sixth double-double came in a win against College of Charleston on Feb. 2. Her seventh double-double of the season came against Towson on Feb. 20 when she scored 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Junior Kyla Kerstetter enjoyed the best offensive night of her William and Mary career against High Point on Nov. 19. 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. Kerstetter recorded her first career double-double against the College of Charleston on Feb. 2. She scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds in the victory. The Brentwood, Tenn. native is averaging 10.5 points per game, to go along with 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 2.2 steals.
DOUBLE THE FUN
For the second time this season, a pair of Tribe players each recorded a double-double in the same game. Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu (21 pts., 12 reb.) and junior Kyla Kerstetter (17 pts, 12 reb.) each picked up double-doubles against the College of Charleston on Feb. 2. Earlier this season, Mathieu (13 pts., 13 reb.) and junior Jazmen Boone (14 pts., 10 reb.) recorded double-doubles at UNCW on Jan. 23.
THIEFS IN THE NIGHT
Junior Kyla Kerstetter recorded a school record tying nine steals on Wednesday, Dec. 18 against Radford. Kerstetter grabbed half of the Tribe’s season-high 18 steals in the game. The Brentwood, Tenn. native currently ranks No. 79 in the country with 2.2 steals per game. Not to be out-done, classmate Jazmen Boone recorded a career-high eight steals against Northeastern on Feb. 27. Boone, who is averaging 2.7 steals per game, ranks 17th in the country.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
William and Mary has committed less turnovers then its opponents in 18 games this season. The Tribe has committed only 451 turnovers, while forcing its opponents into 529.
STEALING THE SHOW
The College has forced at least 20 turnovers in 12 games this season. Of the 529 turnovers forced, 304 of those have come off of William and Mary steals. William and Mary has forced 10, or more, steals in 17 games this season as well. William and Mary currently ranks No. 10 in the country in steals per game at 10.9 thefts a night.
Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu is averaging 12.5 points per game, while grabbing a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game. She has also chipped in 33 steals and 25 blocks. Her 12.3 points per game are good for 12th in the CAA. Mathieu has now scored in double figures 37 times in her four-year career, including 17 games this season. Mathieu’s 7.9 rebounds rank her sixth in the CAA and 161st in the country in rebounds per game.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.
Senior Victoria Willems recorded a career-high five blocks against Delaware on Jan. 9. The blocks are tied for ninth all-time in a single-game by a Tribe player. The five blocks were the most since Tiffany Benson recorded six against Old Dominion Feb. 25, 2010. As a team, the Tribe swatted seven shots against the Blue Hens, which were a season high. The seven blocks as a team were the most since the Green and Gold had nine blocks against Elizabeth City State on Dec. 30, 2011.
GOING OUT STRONG
Senior Victoria Willems is making the most out of her senior year in the 2013-14 season. After playing sparingly the first three-years of her career, Williems has appeared in 25 games and has made eight starts for the Tribe, averaging 9.7 minutes a game.The San Antonio, Texas native is second on the team in blocks (16), including picking up a career-high five rejections against Delaware.