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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Junior Alexandra Masaquel turned in her sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds and classmate Marlena Tremba scored a game-high 19 points as the William & Mary women’s basketball team picked up a 66-40 victory over College of Charleston on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Tribe improves to 14-12, 5-10 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Cougars fall to 9-16, 4-10 in league action.
Masaquel added a career-high tying five assists, one block, and one steal to go along with her 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tremba also had five rebounds, four assists, and two steals, along with her game-high point total. Freshman Ali Engelhardt added eight points, two rebounds, and one block off of the bench.
W&M opened the game on a 15-2 run taking the lead by the same score with 3:01 left in the first quarter. Tremba opened the game making one of two free throws because of administrative technical foul.
The Tribe responded by scoring four straight points on baskets by sophomore Jeanne Gaumont and freshman Bianca Boggs. After a Charleston basket, the Tribe used a 10-0 run to take a commanding lead. Masaquel started the spurt with eight straight points, and Boggs ended it with a layup.
Charleston used a 6-0 run to close within eight points at the 8:26mark of the second quarter. Breanna Bolden scored four of the points, while Courtney Gardner scored the first basket of the second quarter making the score 18-10.
The Cougars drew within seven, but the Tribe held a 29-19 advantage at the break. It was the 14th time W&M held the advantage in the first half. The Green and Gold shot 52.2-percent (12-of-23) in the first half, while limiting the Cougars to 29.2-percent (7-of-24) in the first stanza.
CofC drew within nine on a free throw opening the third quarter, but the rest of the afternoon was all William & Mary. The Green and Gold responded with a 9-2 run pushing its advantage to 38-22. Back-to-back baskets from Masaquel and Boggs opened the run. After a pair of Charleston free throws, Tremba canned a triple and Engelhardt added a bucket, ending the quick spurt.
W&M limited the Cougars to just seven points in the stanza outscoring the Cougars 24-7. The Green and Gold scored the 13 of the final 15 points of the frame, and shot 56.3-percent (9-of-16) in the period leading the charge.
The Tribe held C of C to just 40 points, which was the least amount of points in a game under Coach Swanson, and the least an opponent has scored since Nov. 15, 2009 when the Green and Gold held Radford to 40 points in a 70-40 victory. W&M also held the Cougars to just 27.1-percent (13-0f-48) from the floor for the game.
W&M’s 26-point victory was the largest margin of victory of the season. The Tribe finished the day with its best shooting performance of the year as well, firing 52.9-percent (27-of-51) from the floor.
Sophomore Jenna Green again provided a nice spark off of the Tribe bench. She scored seven points, grabbed two rebounds, and had three assists, a block, and a steal.
The Tribe also won the rebounding battle for just the sixth time this season, 36-24. W&M improved to 5-1 when they win the battled of the boards.
Bolden was the lone Cougar in double-figures. She finished the game with 17 points, five rebounds, and seven steals.
Next weekend, the Tribe returns home to face Towson on Friday. The game, which will serve as Senior Day, is set for a 7 p.m. tip. W&M closes out the weekend and its road portion of the schedule as they head to Drexel on Feb. 28 for a 2 p.m. game.