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HARRISONBURG – The William & Mary women’s basketball team dropped an 83-63 road decision to Colonial Athletic Association leading James Madison on Friday night.
With the decision, the Tribe’s record falls to 13-12, 4-10 in CAA play, while the Dukes improve to 19-5, 12-1 in league action.
Junior Alexandra Masaquel led the Tribe with 17 points and five rebounds. Classmate Marlena Tremba was also in double-figures with 10 points, two rebounds and two assists, while junior Latrice Hunter finished with nine points, four dimes and one steal.
Leading by six, James Madison used a 9-0 run to build a 15-point lead in the closing moments of the first quarter. A pair of free throws from Angela Mickens opened the run followed by back-to-back layups from Destiny Jones and Da’Lisha Griffin. A triple from Ashley Perez gave the Dukes a 20-5 advantage.
The Dukes opened the second quarter with a 14-2 run, building its largest lead of the half. Jazmon Gwathmey paced the Dukes during the spurt with seven points, while Perez added three points.
W&M answered the big run with an 8-1 run of its own. Freshman Bianca Boggs sparked the rally with a layup followed by a pair of free throws from Masaquel and a jumper by Hunter. After a Madison free throw, Masaquel ended the run with a layup, cutting the score to 35-17.
JMU took a 43-19 lead into the locker room. The Dukes shot 40.5-percent (15-of-37) from the floor in the first half, while limiting the Tribe to 24.1-percent (7-of-29) from the field.
The Green and Gold used a quick 4-0 run to bring the lead down to within 19 points with 7:54 left in the third quarter, but that is as close as it got in the second half. Boggs canned a pair from the stripe, before Masaquel hit a jumper, making the score 45-26.
W&M outscored the Dukes 22-18 in the third quarter. The Tribe shot 70-percent (7-of-10) from the floor in the period. W&M also outscored the Dukes in the second half 44-40, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit.
Senior Brooke Stewart and freshman Misha Jones added six points off of the bench, while sophomore Jenna Green chipped in five off of the bench. Boggs had five of the Tribe’s seven steals.
Gwathmey led four Dukes in double-figures with 22 points. Perez, Griffin, and Kayla Cooper-Williams each scored 12 points apiece. Griffin registered a double-double with 18 rebounds for JMU.
The Green and Gold continues a stretch of three of four games on the road as they head to the College of Charleston for a game on Sunday. Tipoff between the Tribe and the Cougars is set for 2 p.m.