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2012-13 Tribe Moments: #25 Men's Basketball Sweeps Old Dominion
Updated: Friday 07/22/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG - TribeAthletics.com counts down the top 25 moments of the 2012-13 William and Mary Athletics Season. In the first installment of "The Countdown," TribeAthletics.com recognizes honorable mention selections as well as the No. 25 moment, Men's Basketball Sweeping Old Dominion.

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#25 Men's Basketball Sweeps Old Dominion.

For just the third time in school history and the first since 1998, the Tribe swept the season series with Old Dominion. The Green and Gold used a 14-2 run midway through the second half in taking a double-digit lead on the way to a 71-62 win over the Monarchs in Williamsburg on Dec. 1. Sophomore Marcus Thornton, who went on to earn CAA Player of the Week honors, led all scorers with 23 points, including a 5-of-9 from 3-point range, while juniors Brandon Britt and Tim Rusthoven added 15 apiece as the Tribe downed ODU for the first time since 2008. In the rematch in Norfolk, it was again Thornton who led the way, scoring a career-high 32 points in propelling the Tribe to a 74-62 victory on Feb. 16. He canned seven 3-pointers, the fourth most in W&M history, to go along with an 11-of-12 effort from the free throw line. Britt turned in an 18-point, four-assist effort against the Monarchs as well as the Green and Gold never trailed in the contest. The win in Norfolk also marked head coach Tony Shaver’s 114th at W&M, which established him as the winningest coach in Green and Gold history.


HONORABLE MENTION
Men's Golf Achieves the Double-Win at Towson.

Just a few short weeks after being snowed out at Kingmill, the Tribe men’s golf team headed up to Towson looking to make an impression in the run-up to the CAA Championships. That mission was accomplished in remarkable fashion, with W&M taking home both the individual and team trophies for the first time since 2005.  In the team race, the Tribe was clear of the field by 9 strokes after the first round, and extended that to a 25-stroke lead by the third round as the squad shot 24-over 888.  Individually, Jeremy Wells ’13 finished at even-par to win by three strokes, his first tournament victory.

Janine Aldridge Becomes the Tribe's All-Time Leader in Steals.

Senior Janine Aldridge cemented herself as one of the top defenders in W&M history as she became the Tribe’s all-time leader in steals (260). She eclipsed the old standard after registering five thefts in her final game at Kaplan Arena against George Mason on March 6. The awards streamed in for Aldridge who was named to the CAA All-Defensive Team as well as the Hampton Roads Sports Commission Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year. She was a Third-Team All-CAA honoree after averaging 13 points and a CAA-best 2.7 steals per game. The Massapequa, N.Y., also ranks as W&M’s all-time leader games played (128) and career 3-pointers made (304).  The latter stands fifth all-time in the CAA record books.

Emily Correal Etches Name in the Tribe Record Books.

Emily Correal capped her collegiate career by earning Second-Team All-CAA and VaSID All-State honors along with placing her named among the best to done the Green and Gold for the Tribe women’s basketball program. As a senior, Correal ranked among the top 10 in the CAA in scoring (fourth at 16.2 ppg) and rebounding (ninth at 7.9 rpg). The Venetia, Pa., native, who started a school-record 114 times, became just the third player in program history to record a 20-point and 20-rebound game as she netted 24 points and pulled down 21 rebounds in the season opener against East Carolina on Nov. 9.  On Dec. 8, she became the ninth fastest player in program history to record 1,000 career points. Her 1,349 career points ranked sixth in school history, while her 839 career rebounds are fifth.  She also became only the fourth Tribe player to register 100 blocked shots (104).  

Brandon Britt Becomes 34th 1,000-Point Scorer in Men's Basketball History. 

As part of his standout junior campaign, guard Brandon Britt became the 34th player in W&M men’s basketball history to score better than 1,000 points for his career. The dynamic guard reached the milestone with a 17-point effort in the Tribe’s CAA Quarterfinal contest with James Madison. Britt canned a 3-pointer at the 6:54 mark of the opening half for his 1,000th point. For the year, Britt ranked 13th in the CAA and second on the Tribe in scoring at 13.9 points per game. In scored in doubles figures in 22 of the Green and Gold’s 30 contests, including a career-high 26 in a win over Howard. Britt is the eighth player under head coach Tony Shaver to reach the 1,000-point mark.

Dessi Koleva Wins CAA Rookie of the Year.

One of the brightest spots of the volleyball season was the play of freshman Dessi Koleva, who became the first W&M player since 2005 to be named CAA Rookie of the Year. Koleva was selected as the conference Rookie of the Week four times over the course of the year, and was also honored as the ECAC Player of the Week once.  She was also named second-team All-CAA, to the CAA all-rookie team, and second-team all-state.

Men's Tennis Advances to CAA Championship.

Hosting the Colonial Athletic Association Championship for the first time since 2004, the Tribe men’s tennis team bounced rival James Madison and advanced to the league championship match for the first time since 2010. W&M, which was the No. 2 seed in the event, downed the Dukes, 4-2, as junior John Banks clinched the Tribe victory with a three-set win at the No. 5 singles position. Fellow juniors Ben Guthrie and Ben Hoogland won in singles competition, while the Green and Gold claimed the doubles point in rounding out the 4-2 win. In the title match, W&M fell to nationally-ranked UNCW. The Tribe finished the year with 12 victories and placed five players on the league’s all-conference team. Senior Anton Andersson and sophomore Aaron Chaffee garnered First-Team All-CAA honors in doubles, while Hoogland (second team), Banks (third team) and senior Adrian Vodislav (third team) garnered singles accolades. Hoogalnd and Vodislav were named to the All-CAA second team in doubles.

Women's Golf Places Four on the WGCA All-American Scholar Team

The Tribe women’s golf team made history in 2012-13, placing multiple athletes on the WGCA All-American Scholar Team for the first time ever.  Not only did more than one golfer make the team, one of the hardest to qualify for in all of college sports, but an astonishing four out of seven athletes on the roster were chosen.  Seniors Betsy Birchall and Katy Hutcherson were joined on the squad by sophomore Anna McMullen and freshman Alessandra Liu, after all four had both played in at least half of the Tribe’s rounds and earned a GPA over 3.5.  For Birchall, it was her third consecutive year as an All-American Scholar.











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