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The William & Mary women’s basketball team fell in heartbreaking fashion, 67-65, to Univeristy of North Carolina — Wilmington in the opening round of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Championship held at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. on Thursday afternoon.
Kaitlyn Mathieu scored a team-high 19 points to lead three players in double-figures for the Tribe, which concluded its season with an 8-21 record.
Mathieu also chipped in eight rebounds and tied a career high with four blocks while Junior Kyla Kerstetter added 18 points. Junior 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 and was followed by a basket from Nagaiyyah Teague, a 3-pointer from Johanna McMillian, a jumper by Brie Mobley, and a layup from Kelva Atkins.
William & 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, Tribe freshman Marlena Tremba buried a 3-pointer that was followed by a Kerstetter triple to tie the game at 17-all. Mathieu and freshman Latrice Hunter would each hit a basket to give W&M 21-17 lead with 9:31 to play before halftime.
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 & 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 answered 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 & Mary then 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 narrow 56-54 advantage.
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 the team’s final 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.