UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – The William and Mary women’s basketball team loss a heartbreaking 67-65 game to UNCW in the Opening Round of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Championship at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md on Thursday afternoon. The Tribe placed three players in double-figures in the game. The Green and Gold concluded its season with an 8-21 record, and UNCW improves to 5-26.
Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu scored a team-high 19 points and chipped in eight rebounds and a career-high tying four blocks. Junior Kyla Kerstetter added 18 points, while classmate Jazmen Boone finished with 11 points, six assists, and four steals.
Trialing 7-8, UNCW went on a 9-0 run to build its largest lead of the game. A jumper by Ryan Flowers opened the run, followed by a basket from Nagaiyyah Teague, a 3-pointer from Johanna McMillian, a jumper by Brie Mobley, and a layup from Kelva Atkins made up the run.
William and Mary answered right away with a 14-2 run to build a four-point lead. A jumper by Kerstetter started the rally, followed by a layup from Boone. After a UNCW basket, freshman Marlena Tremba buried a 3-pointer, followed by a Kerstetter triple, tying the game. Mathieu and freshman Latrice Hunter each hit a basket to give W&M 21-17 lead with 9:31 to play.
The remainder of the first half went back-and-forth with the Tribe holding 37-36 advantage at the break. Both teams shot the ball well in the first half. UNCW shot 45.5-percent (15-of-33), while the Tribe shot 48.3-percent (14-of-29) from the field.
With the game tied 40-40, William and Mary went on a 6-0 run to build its largest lead of the game at 46-40. Mathieu and Boone connected on back-to-back layups and Hunter hit a jumper to account for the scoring.
UNCW responded with a 14-0 run to build a seven point lead. Back-to-back 3-pointers from McMillian regained the lead for the Seahawks. Flowers and D’Asia Cain followed with back-to-back layups, and Brie Mobley hit a jumper to end the run.
William and Mary responded with a 9-0 run to take a two-point lead with 6:46 to play. Mathieu sparked the run with a traditional three-point play, and then hit a layup. A pair Boone free throws tied the game, before Mathieu hit a jumper, giving the Tribe a 56-54 lead.
The teams battled back-and-forth for the remainder of the game, with neither team taking more than a three-point lead. Atkins was huge down the stretch for UNCW scoring 11 of Wilmington’s 15 points.
Atkins finished with a game-high 21 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists for a double-double. Flowers also added a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Teague (10), Mobley (10), and McMillian (12) were also in double-figures for the Seahawks.
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