Tribe Women Suffer 67-65 Opening-Round Loss to UNCW in CAA Tourney is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu led the Tribe with 19 points in the final game of her collegiate career. (Courtesy
Senior Kaitlyn Mathieu led the Tribe with 19 points in the final game of her collegiate career. (Courtesy

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.