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Sophomore Abby Rendle recorded the first triple-double in William & Mary women’s basketball history with 24 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 blocks, all of which were career highs, as W&M defeated UNCW 77-65 on Friday night in Kaplan Arena.
With the win, the Tribe improves to 12-5, 3-3 in Colonial Athletic Association action, while the Seahawks slip to 5-12, 1-5 in league play.
Rendle’s career-best night came on 9-of-17 shooting, and a career-high six made free throws. Her 10 blocks are the most in single-game W&M history, for a both a player and a team, and are tied for the second-most in CAA history.
It was the first triple-double in CAA play since Abby Riddick (Drexel) did it in 2013, and it was the first points, rebounds, and block triple-double in the CAA since 2006. The Reston, Virginia native also added two assists and three steals in 34 minutes of work.
Overall, the Tribe had a balanced scoring attack on the night. Freshman Bianca Boggs turned in a career-high 16 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from the field to go along with two assists, and three steals. Junior Marlena Tremba added 15 points, six rebounds, and six assists, while classmate Alexandra Masaquel added 12 points, five rebounds, four blocks, and two steals.
After the Seahawks scored the first four points of the contest, W&M responded with a 12-4 run to build an early 12-8 lead with 4:16 left in the first quarter. Rendle opened the scoring with a layup, but UNCW had the answer on the next possession. Boggs answered with a triple, before another Seahawk basket.
The Tribe went on a tear and scored the next seven points on baskets from Rendle and Masaquel, and a triple from Tremba and the Tribe never relinquished the lead after that.
W&M was able to extend its lead to eight points at the end of the first stanza, but went on a 13-2 run to build its lead to double-digits for the first time with 1:43 left in the first half. Tremba opened the run with a jumper from the right side, before junior Latrice Hunter canned a layup. After a UNCW basket, Rendle hit one from the line, before Boggs scored four straight, ending the run.
The Green and Gold was able to extend its lead to as many as 11 points in the first half, and took the lead into the locker room for the 12th time this season. W&M shot 50-percent (16-of-32) from the field, which also included 50-percent from behind the arc (4-for-8) in the game’s opening half.
UNCW came out and scored the first five points of the third quarter to cut the gap to 41-38 with 9:05 left in the third quarter, however, that is how close the Seahawks would come the rest of the game. Madison Raque hit a triple to open the second half, before Shatia Cole made a layup, accounting for the scoring.
W&M answered right back and never had fewer than a two-possession lead throughout the remainder of the contest. The Tribe extended its lead to as many as 12 points, twice in the fourth quarter.
The college shot 50.9-percent from floor in the game (27-of-53), while they also added 37.5-percent from behind the arc. W&M limited the Seahawks to just 36.9-percent from the floor (24-of-65) in the game.
As a team, the Tribe finished the night with 16 blocks, led by Rendle’s school record 10. Masaquel added four of her own, while sophomore Jenna Green and junior Kasey Curtis each had block. The 16-block performance was the most in single-game school history, and the third most this season in NCAA play.
Hunter played a pivotal role off the Tribe’s bench due to foul trouble in the second half. The junior chipped in eight points and added two dimes in 24 minutes.
Cole led UNCW with 16 points and was one of four Seahawks in double-figures. Raque finished with 12, Jordan Henry contributed 10, and Amber Reeves chipped in 13 points off of the bench.
The Green and Gold returns to action on Monday when they travel to Delaware. The game, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, will tipoff of at 6 p.m.