BOSTON, Ma. - The William and Mary Tribe women's basketball team dropped a hard fought contest to Northeastern Sunday afternoon, 82-71. However, junior Janine Aldridge, who drained nine 3-pointers on the day, became the William and Mary all-time record holder for career 3-pointers made with 204 career treys. The Massapequa, N.Y. natives' nine triples not only set the career mark, but also the W&M single-game record. The setback drops the College to 9-11 overall and 2-7 in CAA play, while Northeastern improves to 4-16 on the year and 2-7 in league action.
Aldridge paced the Green and Gold with a career-high 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting from downtown. The 19 3-point attempts are also a new school record. Junior Emily Correal poured in 12 points to go along with five rebounds. Senior Taysha Pye and junior Taylor Hilton poured in nine and eight points respectively.
After taking an early 3-0 lead on an Aldridge 3-pointer, the College trailed for the remainder of the first-half. Hilton's connection from deep cut the Lady Huskies lead to 19-16, with 10:55 left to play. Feeling threatened, Northeastern used an 11-0 run to extend its lead to 33-19. Late first-half buckets by Pye and McKenna trimmed the NU lead to 35-23 at intermission.
In the first half, W&M was led by Aldridge and Hilton, who scored nine and six points, respectively. Both juniors combined to make five 3-pointers in the opening frame, accounting for 15 of the Tribe's opening 23 first-half points.
Down 14 with 12:54 left to play in the game, the College reeled off a 12-4 run, cutting the NU lead to 56-50. During the run Aldridge connected from distance twice, while Pye tallied four points. A Correal lay-up brought W&M to within five at 57-52, with 6:44 left to play. Down five at that juncture, the College was unable to complete the comeback falling, 82-71.
For the game, William and Mary shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the floor and 46.4 percent (13-of-28) from 3-point range. The 13 made treys rank second all-time in W&M history and are the most by a CAA team this season.
Deanna Kerkhof scored a season-high 29 points to lead Northeastern. Jewel Tunstull also set a season-high point total with 22. Guard Jamie Conroy set a NU school record with 16 assists to go along with five points. Northeastern finished the contest shooting 44.2 percent (27-of-61) from the field and 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from 3-point territory.
William and Mary returns to action Thursday, Feb. 2, as it travels to Hempstead, N.Y. to take on the Hofstra Pride. Tip-off from Hempstead is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans can follow all of the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live video, audio and stats.