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A College of Charleston 3-pointer from the top of the key with less than 10 seconds remaining sunk the William & Mary women’s basketball team, 55-51, on Friday night at Kaplan Arena.
Kelsey Booth hit the game-winner, beating the shot clock after a nice defensive sequence from the Tribe (12-7, 3-5 CAA) and near steal along the sideline. Senior Brooke Stewart’s 3-point attempt to tie in the closing seconds went in and out, and the Cougars (7-11, 2-6 CAA) hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line to put the game away.
Freshman Bianca Boggs recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. She added two assists, two blocked shots and two steals, while shooting 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Junior Marlena Tremba led W&M with 15 points, while classmate Alexandra Masaquel finished with 10 points, six rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots.
Junior Kasey Curtis rejected seven shots, which is the fourth-best single-game total in W&M history, and sophomore Jenna Green dished out a game-high seven assists.
Charleston took advantage early in the contest with an 11-3 run. Darien Huff knocked down a 3-pointer from the right wing to give the Cougars their first lead at 5-4. After junior Latrice Hunter tied the contest with a triple of her own, the visitors scored six straight points to take its largest lead of the opening 10 minutes. Logan hit a 3-pointer, while CofC hit 3-of-4 from the charity stripe over the stretch to take a 13-7 lead at the 4:06 mark.
The Tribe twice pulled within a single point over the final 3:39 of the first period. A Green bucket off a steal and a Tremba floater closed the gap to one, but the Cougars led 17-14 at the end of the first thanks to lay-up from Jackie Luna-Castro.
A nice wrap-around pass from Boggs to Curtis to cut the deficit back to one at the beginning of the second period, but the Cougars answered with five straight points. Back-to-back lay-ups from Luna-Castro and Courtney Gardner extended the Charleston lead back to six, 22-16, with 7:08 left in the half.
Logan scored six straight for the Cougars to push the cushion to its largest at 30-21 at the 2:48 mark. The Green and Gold scored the final five points of the half to close the gap to four. Tremba’s floater in the final minute provided the half-time margin of 30-26.
After a pair of Charleston free throws to start the second half, the Tribe ripped off nine straight to take its first lead since three minutes into the contest. Green found Tremba and Boggs for back-to-back 3-pointers to pull the Tribe even at 32.
A Tremba free throw gave W&M its first lead of the second half, before Masaquel connected on a jumper from the left baseline to extend the margin to 35-32 at the 6:46 mark.
Bolden sparked an 8-2 Charleston run to put the visitors back in front. She scored six straight, including a steal and fast-break lay-up with 3:54 remaining in the period gave CofC the lead. A pair of Booth free throws pushed the margin back to three, 40-37.
Boggs knocked down a jumper in the lane and then found Masaquel for a lay-up underneath falling out of bounds off a rebound to put W&M back on top, 43-42. After a Bolden 3-pointer briefly flipped the lead back to the visitors, another Masaquel lay-up in the closing seconds sent the tilt to the fourth tied at 45.
W&M scored the first three points of the final quarter, taking a 48-45 lead a minute and a half into the frame on a Boggs free throw. Charleston regained the lead on a Bolden floater at the 4:38 mark, but Boggs answered on the next Green and Gold possession with her third triple of the contest. A pair of Huff free throws at the 1:47 mark tied the game at 51, setting up the final sequence.
The Tribe shot 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the floor, including 6-of-21 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range. The Green and Gold dished out 18 assists on its 21 made field goals. W&M also blocked 13 shots, which is the second most blocks in school history, and recorded six steals.
Charleston shot just 32.8 percent (20-of-61) from the floor, but out-scored W&M, 11-3, at the free throw line. The Cougars held a 49-33 advantage on the glass and outscored W&M 14-4 in second-chance points. Bolden led CofC with 14 points and 14 rebounds to go with four steals. Logan and Booth each tallied 11 points, and Luna-Castro turned in a stat-line of nine points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The Tribe continues its home stand on Sunday when it welcomes Northeastern to Williamsburg. The contest carries a 2 p.m. tip time from Kaplan Arena. Fans can watch the free HD stream of the contest on Tribe Athletics TV via Stretch Internet.