FARMVILLE, Va. – Freshman Marlena Tremba poured in a game-high 20 points and senior Kaitlyn Mathieu chipped in 18, but the William and Mary women’s basketball team fell, 59-52, in its season opener at Longwood.
Tremba finished the night with 20 points (6-for-15) while she grabbed six rebounds, and dished out two assists. Mathieu, who had 18 on 8-of-18 shooting, grabbed a team-high eight boards.
William and Mary falls to 0-1 on the young season, while Longwood improves to 1-1.
Longwood jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on a three pointer and a field goal by Kyndal Skersick However, William and Mary took its first lead of the night, at 6-5, when junior Kyla Kerstetter and Mathieu buried a pair of 3-pointers.
The Lancers built their lead many as four on two different occasions in the first stanza. Longwood took a 10-6 lead on Daeisha Brown layup and then regained a four point lead on a pair of free throws from Skersick.
William and Mary built its largest lead of the first half of seven, 23-16, thanks to a 9-2 run. W&M took the lead on a three pointer by Mathieu at 10:54 mark of the first. During the run, Tremba, junior Anna Kestler, Mathieu, and junior Jazmen Boone all had baskets for the Green and Gold.
Longwood closed the first half out on a 7-2 run. Baskets by Brenna Robbins, Rianna Frazer, and Skersick, cut William and Mary’s lead to 25-23. The Tribe did have the last look of the first half, but the shot didn’t go and the horn sounded, ending the first half with a 25-23 lead.
Again the Lancers opened the second half with a quick 4-0 run. Brown hit a layup and Heather Tobeck followed with another to give the Lancers a 27-25 lead with 17:16 to go.
However, the Tribe was able to withstand the initial run, and followed with a 10-2 run of its own, taking its largest lead of the night at 41-31 with 10:10 remaining. Tremba was instrumental in the run, scoring six of the 10 points on a pair of 3-pointers.
Longwood closed out the night with a 28-11 run, earning the 59-52 win. Skersick scored on a put back layup with 3:38 remaining to give the Lancers the lead for good.
Brown led the way for Longwood, registering a double-double. She finished with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Raven Williams (11), Skersick (11) and Khaliliah Ali (12) all finished in double figures for the Lancers.
William and Mary did force 20 turnovers, while only committing 12 of its own. The Tribe was able to convert those turnovers into 10 points.
The College concludes its two-game season-opening road trip at East Carolina on Friday, Nov. 15. Tipoff between the Tribe and Pirates is set for 7 p.m.
William and Mary opens its home regular season schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 19 when they welcome High Point to Kaplan Arena inside William and Mary Hall. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.