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Sophomore Jeanne Gaumont equaled a career-high with 10 points, but the William & Mary women’s basketball team could not overcome a hot-shooting first half from Delaware as they fell 69-53 at Kaplan Arena on Valentine’s Day.
With the decision, the Tribe slips to 13-11, 4-9 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while Delaware improves to 13-11, 8-5 in league action.
Gaumont added two rebounds, a block, an assist, and two steals in her return to the starting lineup. Junior Alexandra Masaquel added 14 points and five boards, while classmate Marlena Tremba added 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals rounding out the double-digit performers.
Trailing by one, W&M used a quick 4-0 spurt to build a three-point lead, 7-4, with 7:07 left in the first quarter. Masaquel sparked the run with a layup, which was followed by a bucket from junior Latrice Hunter.
After a timeout, Delaware responded with 12-2 run, building a seven-point lead with 3:49 left in the opening stanza. Ericka Brown opened the run with a layup, followed by a jumper from Makeda Nicholas, which regained the lead for the Blue Hens for good.
Nicole Enobosi continued the spurt with a layup, which was matched by back-to-back triples from Hannah Friend and Cournti Green, which pushed the lead to 16-9.
The Blue Hens outscored W&M 17-9 in the second quarter, which gave them a 45-28 advantage at the break. Delaware shot a blazing 60.0-perecent (18-of-30) from the floor in the first half, which included a 54.5-percent clip from behind the arc.
Trailing by 15 points, the Tribe made one final run to cut the score back to 11, but could craw no closer. Tremba opened the quick spurt with a jumper, which was matched by a jumper from Masaquel.
W&M’s defense was much better in the second half, limiting the Blue Hens to just six field goals after halftime. UD cooled off for 48-percent (24-of-50) from the floor, but hit 8-of-15 (53.3-percent) from behind the arc on the afternoon.
Sophomore Jenna Green enjoyed another strong offensive outing for W&M. The sophomore scored eight points, added a career-high six rebounds, had four dimes, and three thefts.
Courtni Green led all-scorers with 20 points, adding five rebounds and two assists. Brown finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Enabosi recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds off of the bench. The rookie added four helpers, three blocks, and three steals as well.
The Green and Gold hit the road for three of its next four games starting with a two-game road trip next weekend. W&M heads to James Madison on Friday for a 7 p.m. game, before trekking to Charleston for a game at 2 p.m. Feb. 21.