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The William & Mary women’s basketball team lost a heartbreaking 69-68 overtime thriller at Northeastern on Friday night in Boston.
Junior Abby Rendle led the Tribe with her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. With the setback, the Tribe falls to 11-4, 2-2 in Colonial Athletic Association action, while Northeastern improves to 7-8, 2-2 in league action.
Rendle added two assists and one block in a career-high 39 minutes of action. Junior Alexnadra Masaquel finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a block, and three steals. Classmate Marlena Tremba was the final Tribe player in double-figures with 11 points, three rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
After spotting Northeastern the first five points of the first quarter, W&M responded with a 12-2 run, taking a 12-7 lead. Masaquel sparked the run with the first four points, before sophomore Jeanne Gaumont buried a left-wing triple, giving the Tribe its first lead at 7-5. After a Huskie basket, the Green and Gold scored five straight on a layup from Tremba and another Gaumont 3-pointer.
Leading 12-10, W&M scored seven straight points to build its lead to nine points with just under three minutes left in the first quarter. Back-to-back baskets from Rendle combined with a trey from senior Brooke Stewart gave the Tribe a 19-10.
The Tribe extended its lead to as many as 12 points twice during the second quarter, and took a 36-25 lead into the break. W&M shot 50-percent from the field (15-of-30) and 3-point land (4-of-8) in the opening stanza. It was the 11th time this season W&M took a lead into the locker room.
W&M built its lead to a game-high 16 points at 41-25 with 8:29 left in the third quarter. Tremba scored all five points for the Tribe during the run.
Northeastern followed with a 17-1 run to tie the score at 42-42 with1:05 left in the third quarter. The run was led by Jess Genco and Francesca Sally, who each scored eight points during the spurt.
Trailing by three, the Huskies opened the final stanza on an 11-0 run to build its largest lead of the game at 53-45 with 6:07 remaining. Samantha DeFreese sparked the run by hitting a free throw, before she hit a jumper to tie the score. Zoe Zwerling hit a triple to give the Huskies their first lead since the first quarter, before Sally completed a traditional 3-point play ending the run.
Trailing 59-53 with 1:14 left in regulation, W&M rallied with a 9-3 run to force the game into overtime. Masaquel sparked the late rally with a jumper, before junior Latrice Hunter hit a triple cutting the score to 59-58 with 32 seconds left.
The Huskies hit three consecutive free throws to extend back to a four-point advantage, but again, W&M responded with a triple from Tremba. After forcing a Huskie turnover, and freshman Bianca Boggs getting fouled the rookie hit one of two from the line to send the game to overtime.
In the extra session both teams traded baskets, but neither team could extend lead to more than a possession. The deciding point came on a free throw from DeFreese with 52 seconds remaining. W&M had one more chance with 11 seconds left, but could not muster a final shot.
The Green and Gold finished the night shooting 34.7-percent from the floor (25-of-72). W&M shot just 10-of-42 (23.8-percent) in the second half and overtime.
Hunter finished the game with seven points and three assists off of the bench, while Gaumont continued a recent hot-streak by chipping six points off of the bench.
Gabriella Giacone led three Northeastern players in double-figures with a double-double on 16 points and 10 rebounds. Genco finished with 15 points, while Sally added 15 points and eight rebounds off of the bench.
The college concludes a two-game road swing when they travel to when to Hofstra for a game on Sunday. The game, which will air on the American Sports Network, is set for a 1 p.m. tipoff. W&M returns to Williamsburg on Friday to take on UNCW. Tip from Kaplan Arena is set for 7 p.m.