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TOWSON, Md. – The William & Mary women’s basketball team scored 16 of the first 18 points of the night on its way to a 73-54 victory at Towson on Friday.
Junior Marlena Tremba scored a game-high 16 points, leading three W&M players in double-figures. With the victory, the Tribe won its third in a row and improved to 11-2, 2-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Tigers drop to 4-9, 1-1 in league action. It is the first time since the 2008-09 season that W&M started league play 2-0.
Tremba, who didn’t play in the fourth quarter, added two rebounds, two assists, and two steals for the Green and Gold. Junior Alexandra Masaquel just missed her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
Sophomore Abby Rendle added 14 points, five rebounds, four dimes, two assists, and two steals, while classmate Jeanne Gaumont scored a career-high nine points with five assists, three rebounds and two assists.
William & Mary opened the game on a 9-4 run, taking the lead by the same score. Freshman Bianca Boggs scored the Tribe’s first basket, but Towson responded with a bucket of its own. Rendle scored four in a row, which was followed by a pair of Tiger free throws. Tremba ended the W&M run with a triple.
Leading 16-12, the Green and Gold scored seven of the first quarter’s final eight points. Rendle opened the run with a basket, followed by a pair of free throws from Tremba. After a Towson free throw, junior Latrice Hunter hit a pair of her own, giving W&M a 22-13 lead at the end of one.
Trailing 24-15, Towson used a 6-0 run in the beginning of the second quarter to cut into the W&M advantage. Raven Bankston sandwiched four points around a Dominique Johnson jumper, brining the Tigers within 24-21 with 6:22 to play in the first half.
The rest of the second quarter remained a back-and-forth affair, but the Tribe took a 33-28 lead into the locker room. It was the 10th time this season W&M had the lead at the break, and it snapped a streak of four straight games where the Tribe trailed after the first half. It was also just the second time this season the Green and Gold was outscored in the second quarter.
Much like the first half, the Green and Gold controlled the opening stages of the second half. Tremba started the third quarter with a traditional 3-point play. After Towson answered with a bucket, the Tribe went on a 13-0 run that all, but sealed the victory.
Sophomore Jenna Green started the rally with a layup, which was followed by a Tremba triple. Following a pair of Gaumont freebies, Tremba, Masaquel and Rendle all scored, lifting W&M to a 49-30 advantage with 6:11 left in the third quarter.
Towson, which never led, could only cut the deficit to 17 points throughout the remainder of the game. On the other hand, W&M was able to ballon its lead to as many as 27 in the third quarter, which they shot 61-percent (11-of-18). It was the second consecutive game against Towson that the Tribe has led throughout.
Again the Tribe shared the ball extremely well in the victory, having 23 helpers on 29 made baskets. Green led the way for W&M with six dimes, while Gaumont equaled a career-high with five.
W&M forced Towson into to 24 turnovers on 13 steals. Masaquel had a game-high three thefts, while Tremba, Rendle, Hunter, and Gaumont all had two steals apiece.
Hunter added seven points, two rebounds, and two steals off of the bench, which outscored the Tigers 21-12. Freshman Chandler Smith finished the game with four points, including her first collegiate basket.
Bankston had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead Towson. Johnson, who was the Tigers leading scorer was limited to just nine points in the game.
The college concludes the weekend as it returns home for a matchup against Drexel on Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
W&M then hits the road for the first of three, two-game CAA road trips next weekend. The Tribe heads to Northeastern on Jan. 15, before traveling to Hofstra for game Jan. 17.