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Junior Marlena Tremba scored a game-high 20 points, and classmate Latrice Hunter chipped in 15 points on five 3-pointers as the William & Mary women’s basketball team defeated Northeastern 69-62 on Sunday afternoon at Kaplan Arena.
With the win, the Tribe stops a two-game skid and improves to 13-7, 4-5 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Huskies fall to 7-13, 2-7 in league action.
Tremba added four rebounds, four assists, and a steal to go along with her fifth 20-point performance of the season. Hunter, who had her most points since her freshman season, added three dimes, two rebounds, and two assists.
Junior Alexandra Masaquel also notched her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points, and 10 rebounds, while she added four blocks and four steals. Freshman Bianca Boggs rounded out the balanced attack with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal.
After a slow start to the first quarter, W&M used an 11-2 run to build an eight-point lead with 24 seconds left in the stanza. Tremba buried a triple to regain the lead, before junior Kasey Curtis hit a layup. After a Huskies basket, Tremba and Hunter buried back-to-back triples, giving the Tribe an 18-10 advantage.
The Huskies responded with a 12-2 run midway through the second quarter to take a 28-27 lead with 2:05 to play in the half. A pair of Loren Lassister free throws opened the run, before Samantha DeFreese hit a triple, and Tiffany Montagne hit a layup to cut the score to a point. The run ended with the Huskies hitting four free throws to regain the one point advantage.
At the break, the score was tied 31-31. It was the first time this season W&M played in a game that was tied at the halftime.
Northeastern used a 9-4 run to build a five-point lead early in the third quarter. Gabby Giacone hit a traditional three-point play to open the half. After a Tribe basket, Giacone hit another bucket, but again the Tribe responded. DeFreese ended the run with four straight points.
The Huskies led for a majority of the third quarter, but Tremba hit a traditional three-point play tying the score at 49-49 at the end of three.
Leading by one, W&M used an 8-2 run building a seven point advantage with 5:54 to play. Tremba started the scoring with a jumper, before she found Hunter for a triple. Following a Huskie basket, Hunter canned her fifth trey of the game lifting the Tribe to 61-54 left.
The Huskies did not go away and closed within 64-62 with 57 seconds left. On an in-bounds play sophomore Jenna Green found Tremba for a left-corner 3-pointer that all but sealed the game.
The Tribe hit a season-high 10, 3-pointers and shot 55.6-percent (10-of-18) from distance. From the floor, the Tribe shot 40.4–percent (23-of-57).
Again the defense was a factor as the Tribe forced the Huskies into 17 turnovers on 13 steals. Masaquel led the Tribe with four swipes. On the other hand the W&M only turned the ball over 10 times, with three of them coming in the second half.
DeFreese led three Huskies in double-figures with 16 points and eight rebounds. Giacone posted her second straight double-double against the College with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Montagne had 10 points.
Next weekend, the Green and Gold takes a swing through North Carolina. The Green and Gold travel to Elon on Friday before heading to UNCW on Feb. 7. Tipoffs are set for 7 p.m., and 2 p.m., respectively.