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The William & Mary women’s basketball rallied from a 14-point first half deficit and rolled behind a dominating final 25 minutes, downing Hampton Roads rival Old Dominion, 75-64, on Tuesday night at Kaplan Arena.
The Green and Gold (9-2) limited the Monarchs to 19.2 percent from the floor in the second and third quarters, while shooting 58.6 percent over the final 20 minutes to surge past ODU (4-8).
Junior Marlena Tremba led three Tribe players in double figures with 20 points, with 16 of those in the second half, to go with five rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Abby Rendle was a near perfect 8-of-9 from the floor, the fourth-best single-game shooting performance in W&M history, to finish with 16 points. She added six rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots.
Junior Alexandra Masaquel just missed a double-double with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting and nine rebounds.
The Monarchs, which shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) in the opening 10 minutes, took its largest lead midway through the second quarter at 32-18, following a pair of Jennie Simms free throws. The Tribe closed out the first half with the final nine points to draw within five at the intermission.
Tremba found Masaquel for a lay-up to start things off and added four straight points of her own on the run. After a Tribe turnover, freshman Misha Jones took it right back and scored on a quick lay-up in the closing minute to send the Green and Gold to the half facing a 32-27 deficit.
W&M carried the momentum over to the second half, scoring nine of the first 10 points of the third quarter. After ODU FT to start the third, W&M netted nine straight to take its first lead of the contest. Sophomore Jenna Green’s 3-pointer from the left wing drew W&M within a point and force a Monarch timeout less than a minute into the period.
Rendle, who scored the other four points, converted a lay-up to give W&M its first lead, 34-33, at the 8:25 mark, before Tremba extended it to three with a jumper from the left side. ODU’s Ije Ajemba converted a conventional 3-point play with four minutes left in the quarter to tie the contest at 38.
The Green and Gold held the Monarchs without a field goal for the remainder of the third period as part of an 11-1 run. Tremba scored seven straight to push the W&M lead to 47-40 on a 3-pointer from the right wing at the 1:56 mark of the third quarter. After an ODU free throw, junior Latrice Hunter knocked down a triple from the top of the key, before a Tremba free throw gave W&M its first double-digit cushion at 51-41.
Each time ODU drew within single digits in the final quarter, the Tribe had the answer. ODU could get no closer than seven on a Simms 3-pointer with 6:25 left, but Rendle re-established an 11-point margin on a lay-up just a minute an a half later. W&M held off any thoughts of a Monarch rally, shooting 61.5-percent (8-of-13) from the field and hitting 8-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter.
The Tribe finished the contest at 43.9-percent (29-of-66) from the floor. W&M dominated the glass, outrebounding the Monarchs, 53-34, to go along with 11 steals and six blocked shots. The Green and Gold dished out 20 assists on its 29 made field goals led by five apiece from freshman Bianca Boggs and Tremba. Hunter chipped in nine points and a career-high four steals off the bench, while Boggs added eight points and six rebounds plus her assist total.
Old Dominion shot 38.5-percent (25-of-65) from the field, including 6-of-20 from 3-point range. Simms led all scorers with 35 points on 13-of-26 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
W&M and ODU traded early six-point spurts. Boggs sparked the W&M run with back-to-back buckets before finding Rendle for a lay-up to tie the game at eight midway through the opening quarter.
The Monarchs answered with a 15-4 run to open up a double-digit advantage. Simms led the way for ODU, scoring 10 points during the sequence. She ended it with five straight points, including a steal and a fast-break lay-up to push the Monarch cushion to 23-12 and force a W&M timeout with 1:35 left in the first quarter.
W&M pulled within seven, 25-18, on a Masaquel jumper and a Rendle layup two and a half minutes into the second quarter, but ODU answered with five straight to extend its lead back to double-digits. Destinee Younger’s 3-pointer from the left side at the 6:34 mark to stretch the Monarch lead to 30-18 and force a W&M timeout.
The Tribe returns to action when it opens Colonial Athletic Association play on Sunday, against reigning league champion James Madison. It is the second time in three seasons that the Green and Gold as faced off with the defending league champion in its conference opener.
Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. from Kaplan Arena, and the game will be broadcast online at Tribe Athletics TV via Stretch Internet.