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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – Junior Marlena Tremba poured in a career-high 29 points, and had 10 rebounds, but the William & Mary women’s basketball team furious fourth quarter comeback fell just short, falling to Towson 71-65 in the First Round of the CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.
With the decision, the Tribe concludes the season at 15-15, while the Tigers improve to 7-23.
Tremba, who recorded her second career double-double, knocked down a career-high six triples. She flirted with a triple-double also handing out eight dimes in the game. Junior Alexandra Masaquel was the only other Tribe player in double-figures scoring 16 points. She added nine boards and one assists for W&M.
Towson opened the game with a 9-5 run, building an early four-point advantage by the same score. After the Tribe had cut the lead to 6-5, Raven Bankston completed a traditional 3-point play to create the margin.
W&M responded with a 6-0 run to take the lead. Masaquel opened the run with a jumper followed by a basket by senior Brooke Stewart, tying the score. On the ensuing in-bound, Tremba jumped the pass and laid it in, giving W&M a 13-11 lead.
Towson hit a 3-pointer, before the end of the first quarter, and then used an 8-0 run to open the second stanza building its largest lead of the first half. Dominique Johnson hit a jumper matched by back-to-back triples from AJ Timbers, giving Towson a 22-13 advantage.
Trailing by nine, W&M used a 6-0 run to cut within three points at halftime. Tremba scored all six points of the spurt, including three consecutive free throws with two seconds left in the half. The free throws made it 33-30 Towson at the break.
Towson opened the fourth quarter with a 7-1 run extending their lead to double figures for the first time in the game. Timbers sparked the rally with four straight points, before Raven Bankston hit a layup, making it a 10-point game. After a Tribe free throw, Timbers hit a layup making the score 53-42. The Tigers extended their lead to 13-points once, and 12-points five times in the fourth quarter before the Tribe’s rally.
Down by 12, the Green and Gold reeled off a 15-3 run over the course of just over a 1:30 to cut within two points. Tremba opened the scoring with a triple, followed by a Masaquel layup. After two free throws for the Tigers, Tremba drained another 3-pointer to bring the Tribe within 66-60. Towson added another free throw, but W&M responded with two free throws from Tremba and a traditional 3-point play from Stewart making it 67-65 with 35 second to play.
Towson hit four free throws down the stretch, hanging on for a 71-65 victory. The Tigers shot 48.8-percent (20-of-41) from the field, while limiting the Tribe to just 31.4-percent (22-of-70) from the floor.
Raven Bankston led four Tigers in double-figures with 18 points. Johnson added 17 points and five assists. Timbers scored 15 points off the bench, while Sianni Martin was the final Tiger in double-figures with 14 points. The Tigers advance to Thursday’s CAA Quarterfinal to play No. 2-seed Drexel at 5 p.m.
The Tribe concludes the season with a 15-15 mark, which equals the number of wins from a season ago.