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The William & Mary women’s basketball erased a 13-point first half deficit and stormed to a 78-65 victory over Towson on Senior Day Friday at Kaplan Arena.
Junior Alexandra Masaquel scored a career-high 28 points on 12-of-15 from the floor leading three W&M players in double-figures. With the win, the Tribe improves to 15-12, 6-10 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Tigers fall to 6-21, 3-13 in league action.
Masaquel added four rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal to go along with her 28 points, which were the most for a Tribe player this season. Junior Marlena Tremba poured in 22 points on a season-high five 3-pointers. She added seven assists, and two steals. Sophomore Jenna Green added a season-high 12 points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench.
The game also served as the Tribe’s Senior Day, which honored senior student manager Lauren DeBisschop and senior guard Brooke Stewart prior to the contest. Stewart finished the game with three points, three rebounds, one assist, and a steal, making the start and playing 20 minutes.
Leading by three, Towson used an 8-0 run to take an early nine-point lead. Brittany Tarr sandwiched a pair of jumpers around layups from Raine Bankston and Raven Bankston giving the Tigers a 15-4 lead.
The Tribe used a 10-6 run to cut the lead to 21-14 at the end of a quarter. The biggest shot of the run came on a triple from Tremba has time expired in the opening quarter.
After W&M closed within four points, the Tigers responded with a 9-0 run, building its largest lead of the game. Raven Bankston sparked the rally with a traditional 3-point play, followed by four straight points from Sianni Martin. Raven Bankston ended the run with a jumper giving the Tigers a 30-17 lead with 5:58 remaining in the half.
The Tribe responded with a 16-1 run taking a 33-31 halftime advantage. Back-to-back triples from Tremba and Stewart sparked the rally. Four straight points from Masaquel followed by a lay-in from Tremba cut the Tigers lead to just a point. After a Towson free throw, Masaquel tied the score, followed by a scoop shot at the halftime horn from sophomore Jeanne Gaumont to give W&M the advantage at the break.
With W&M up by seven, Towson went on a 10-4 run to regain the lead. Tarr and Dominique Johnson brought the Tigers within a basket with back-to-back jumpers. After a Tribe, basket Johnson canned a three. Again the Tribe responded, but this time back-to-back layups from Raven Bankston gave Towson a 45-44 advantage.
The rest of the third quarter remained back-and-forth. Down by one, the Tribe used another buzzer beating play as Masaquel completed a traditional three-point play, giving W&M a 54-53 lead after three.
W&M opened the fourth quarter with an 11-2 blitz that all but ended the game. Junior Latrice Hunter started the furry with a fast break layup, matched by a triple from freshman Bianca Boggs and a layup from Masaquel. After a TU basket, Tremba and Green connected on back-to-back threes to give the Green and Gold a 67-55 victory.
The College extended its lead to as many as 16 points with 1:01 left in the final stanza. With the comeback victory it was the fourth time this season the Tribe erased a double-digit deficit for a victory.
For the second consecutive game the Tribe shot over 50-percent from the field, shooting 54.7-percent (29-of-53) from the floor. In the second half, the Green and Gold shot 66.7-percent (16-of-24). Also W&M was exceptional from 3-point range shooting 60-percent (9-of-15) from behind the arc.
The Tribe also shared the ball well finishing with 19 assists. Tremba led the way with seven helpers, while Green finished with four dimes.
Tarr led Towson with 21 points, six rebounds, a block and, a steal. Raven Bankston was the only other Tiger in double figures with 20 points and five assists.
W&M closes out the weekend and the road portion of its schedule as they travel to Drexel on Sunday. Tipoff between the Tribe and Dragons from the City of Brotherly Love is set for 2 p.m.