Junior Marlena Tremba’s Career Night Leads Tribe Women’s Basketball to Opening Night Victory

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EMMITSBURG, Md. – Junior Marlena Tremba scored a career-high 26 points as the William & Mary women’s basketball team picked up a 76-74 season-opening victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Friday night. With the win the Tribe improves to 1-0, while Mount St. Mary’s drops to 0-1.

Tremba, whose 26 points are the most by a Tribe player since she scored 25 points in a victory over Saint Louis on Dec. 28, 2013, added four assists and two steals. She finished the game shooting 9-of-12 from the floor, and 5-of-7 from the behind the arc

Joining Tremba in double-figures was classmate Alexandra Masaquel, who had 14 points and eight rebounds. Senior Brooke Stewart added nine points, on three, 3-pointers, and a steal.

With the game tied 14-14 through the first seven minutes of the first quarter, W&M closed the frame on a 6-2 run to take a 20-16 first quarter lead.

Masaquel started the run by hitting the front end of two free throws, but the Tribe fought for the offensive board, which led to a Tremba 3-pointer, pushing the lead to 18-14. After a pair of Mount St. Mary’s free throws sophomore Abby Rendle raced down the floor for a layup before the quarter expired.

The Tribe extended its lead to seven points in the early stages of the second quarter, when Masaquel completed a traditional 3-point play. The Mountaineers used a 10-2 run midway through the second quarter to regain the lead.

Alexis Carter started the rally with a jumper, which was matched by a pair of Jessica Harris free throws. Following a Tremba jumper, the Mount scored six points in a row on two free throws by Kaitlyn Eisenhard and back-to-back layups from Harris.

Leading by two, 33-31, W&M used a 7-0 lead to build its largest lead of the half at 40-31. Masaquel sparked the rally with a layup, followed by a pair of Tremba free throws. Stewart canned a triple to make it a nine-point game, ending the run.

The Green and Gold led 46-40 at the end of the first half. The Tribe shot 39.5-percent from the floor, but added a blistering 46.2-percent (6-for-13) from behind the arc.

W&M used a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter to take a 16-point lead with 4:28 to play in the quarter. Sophomore Jenna Green opened the run with back-to-back baskets, which was followed by a Tremba triple, and a traditional 3-point play by junior Kasey Curtis.

The College held a double-digit lead for a majority of the fourth quarter, but the Mount used a 7-0 run in the game’s final 2:37 seconds to cut the Tribe lead to just two points, 76-74. Eisenhard scored the opening and closing points of the run, sandwiched around a pair of Harris baskets.

With 18.5 seconds left, W&M had the ball underneath its own basket. The Tribe was able to get the ball across the timeline, and time expired before the Mount could foul enough to get the Tribe into the bonus.

Rendle added eight points, nine rebounds, two assists, four blocks, and two steals for W&M. Freshman Bianca Boggs, who made her first career start for the Green and Gold had seven points, three rebounds, and a dime.

Dating back to last season, W&M has shot better than 40-percent from the floor in 18 of its last 32 games. The Tribe finished at 43.3-percent (29-of-67) from the field, which included a 45-percent clip (9-of-20) from 3-point land.

Carter finished with 21 points to lead the Mount in scoring. She was one of four players in double figures for the Mountaineers as Harris had 13, Eisenhard had 12, and Katrice Dickson finished with 16 points.

The Green and Gold return to action on Monday night, Nov. 17,  when they return to Kaplan Arena for its home opener. The Tribe welcomes Grambling State for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

W&M will then head back on the road to close a stretch of three of the first four away from home. The Tribe heads to Richmond on Friday and Loyola on Nov. 23 for a pair of 7 p.m. games.