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RICHMOND – The William & Mary women’s basketball team fell to in-state rival VCU 73-47 on the road on Monday night.
With the decision the Tribe falls to 8-2, while the Rams improve to 10-2.
Sophomore Abby Rendle and junior Marlena Tremba led the Tribe with eight points apiece. Freshman Ali Engelhardt also chipped in seven points off of the bench for the Green and Gold.
Leading 8-6 VCU closed the first quarter with an 8-2 run, building an eight-point cushion. Curteeona Brelove sparked the run with layup. After a Tribe basket, Ashley Pegram sandwich four points around a pair of Jessica Ogunnorin free throws to take a 16-8 lead.
Trailing 23-8, the Tribe responded with 11-2 run to close the gap to six points with 2:57 remaining in the half, which was the closest the Tribe would pull back. Tremba hit a triple to end a long W&M scoring drought, but VCU answered with a basket.
Junior Latrice Hunter scored four straight points, before Rendle hit a pair of free throws, and freshman Bianca Boggs hit a runner in the lane, cutting the lead to 25-19.
However, VCU scored six of the last eight points of the second quarter, which gave them a 33-21 lead at the break. It was the first-time this season W&M trailed at the end of the first half.
After, W&M scored the first four points of the second half, VCU went on a 10-0 run to give themselves an 18-point lead. Back-to-back triples from Kiera Robinson opened the run, before Pegram hit a layup. A pair of free throws ended the run for the Rams.
The Green and Gold could only bring the score deficit back to 12, but VCU responded to take an 18-point lead at the end of the final quarter.
W&M shot a season-low 30-percent (16-of-53) from the field, and only recorded 10 assists. In its two losses this season, W&M has averaged only 11 assists, as opposed to nearly 18 per game in its eight victories.
Hunter, Boggs, and sophomore Jenna Green each scored five points for W&M. The Tribe also saw its stretch of double-digit steals come to an end, only forcing seven. Rendle and Tremba each had two thefts.
Adaeze Alaeze, Isis Thrope and Brelove all scored 11 points for the Rams. Chedaryl Clay and Pegram chipped in nine and points, respectively.
After an eight-day layoff, the Green and Gold conclude non-conference play and open a two-game home stand when they host in-state rival Old Dominion on Tuesday, Dec. 29.
The game will be apart of a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader as the men’s team takes on Central Michigan. Tipoff for the women’s game is set for 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.