WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – William & Mary built a comfortable lead in the first half and shot a torrid 62.1 percent to defeat UNCW, 97-44, in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday at Kaplan Arena.
The Tribe snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 6-17 overall and 3-8 in conference play. The Seahawks, concluding a two-game swing to Virginia, dipped to 3-23 and 2-10.
Junior forward Jazmen Boone anchored five players in double figures for the Tribe, which shot 56.4 percent in the first half and 67.9 percent after intermission. The Virginia Beach product made all eight of her field goal attempts and added seven assists for W&M.
Senior forward Kaitlyn Mathieu collected 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds, junior guard Kyla Kerstetter and freshman guard Marlene Tremba chipped in 12 points and freshman guard Alexis Hofstaedter had 10.
Freshman guard Amber Reeves scored a career-high 14 points, including 10-of-11 at the free throw line, to lead the Seahawks and junior point guard Kelva Atkins contributed 12 points. Freshman forward Ryan Flowers led all players in the contest with 11 rebounds.
On "Senior Day" at Kaplan Arena, the Tribe jumped out to a quick start and capitalized on several early Seahawk turnovers to take command. UNCW wound up with a season-high 29 turnovers, including 19 in the pivotal opening period.
The Seahawks were also plagued by cold shooting. UNCW struggled most of the day offensively and wound up shooting a season-low 28 percent on 14-of-50 field goal attempts.
After UNCW freshman guard Brie Mobley's jumper in the paint cut an early deficit to 11-4 at 15:44, the Tribe used a suffocating 18-0 run to build a big lead.
Mathieu scored eight points in the spurt and she converted a lob pass with a layup at 8:54 to extend W&M's margin to 29-4. The Tribe made nine of its first 14 field goal attempts and scored 17 points off turnovers to jump out front by 25 points.
W&M then posted its largest lead of the half with 5:19 left in the period when senior forward Victoria Willems made a layup to stake the Tribe to a 40-8 cushion.
The Seahawks reeled off 10 consecutive points to get within 40-18 on a steal and layup by Atkins at 2:31 before the Tribe scored eight of the last 10 points to carry a 48-20 advantage into the break, riding a hot-shooting first half behind Mathieu and Kerstetter.
W&M then went into cruise control in the second half and registered its largest lead of the contest, 94-41, when reserve forward Alexandra Masaquel scored on a steal and layup for the Tribe with just over three minutes on the clock.
The Seahawks return home to entertain the College of Charleston on Thursday at 7 p.m. and then play their final home game on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. The Tribe next plays on Thursday at Towson.
GAME NOTES: UNCW's last win came against the Tribe on Jan. 23 when the Seahawks outlasted W&M, 60-59, at Trask Coliseum…The Seahawks had just one personal foul in the first half…It was the most points given up by the Seahawks since a 99-50 loss in the season opener at nationally-ranked Notre Dame…The Seahawks allowed 90 points or more to both foes on the weekend trip to Virginia…UNCW outscored W&M at the free throw line, 15-7...The Seahawks went 15-of-22 at the charity stripe on the day…The Tribe led wire-to-wire in the contest.