UNCW women fall to Tribe 77-65

UNCW women fall to Tribe 77-65

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – Senior guard Shatia Cole led four UNCW players in double figures with 16 points, but the Seahawks were unable to overcome a record-setting performance from William & Mary sophomore guard Abby Rendle as the Tribe earned a 77-65 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Seahawks at Kaplan Arena on Friday evening.

The win allowed the Tribe to end a three-game losing streak while improving to 13-5 overall and 3-3 in the CAA. Meanwhile, the Seahawks dropped to 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the conference after suffering its third straight loss.

Rendle posted the first triple-double in William & Mary women's basketball history after setting career highs with 24 points, 15 rebounds and a W&M-record 10 blocked shots. She made 9 of 17 shots from the floor and was 6-for-7 from the free throw line while contributing three steals.

Freshman guard Bianca Boggs added 16 points for the Tribe, making all five of her field goal attempts, including a 3-for-3 performance from beyond the arc, along with converting three of four free throws. Junior guard Marlena Tremba added 15 points with six rebounds and six assists while junior forward Alexandra Masaquel contributed 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field.

Cole, who posted her fifth consecutive double-digit scoring effort, made 7 of 16 field goal attempts while adding a season-high six assists for the Seahawks.

Junior guard Amber Reeves came off the bench to score a season-high 13 points, including a 9-for-10 showing at the foul line, while sophomore guard Madison Raque chipped in 12 points. Junior forward Jordan Henry added 10 points for the Seahawks while sophomore forward Rebekah Banks nearly posted a double-double with nine points and 15 rebounds.

How It Happened: The Tribe overcame an early four-point deficit in the first two minutes to take a 22-14 lead in the first quarter, which ended on a 7-0 W&M run. Rendle scored nine points during the opening stanza as William & Mary continued to extend its advantage over the final 30 minutes.

#SeahawkStats: William & Mary leads the all-time series by a 34-32 margin and has won the last three games played in Williamsburg … The Seahawks had at least three players score in double figures for the eighth time in 17 games this year … Banks matched her career high with 15 rebounds, equaling her effort against at Towson on Jan. 10 … Cole has scored in double figures in seven of her last eight games … The Seahawks set a season high with 18 assists on 27 field goals … Junior guard Jasmine Steele posted her third game with six or more assists this year … In her last five games, the Birmingham, Ala., native has 21 assists …  The 16 blocked shots by William & Mary are the most by an opponent in UNCW history … The Tribe set a season high by scoring 77 points, eclipsing the previous mark of 76 at Mount St. Mary's … Raque scored in double figures for the first time since setting a career high with 13 points in the season opener against UNC Pembroke … Reeves' 13 points fell just one point shy of matching her career high, which was set against William & Mary during the 2013-14 season … It was Reeves' sixth double-digit scoring effort this season.

What's Ahead for the Seahawks:

Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Elon • 7 p.m. • Alumni Gym, Elon, N.C.

Friday, Jan. 29 vs. Towson • 7 p.m. • Trask Coliseum, Wilmington, N.C.

Sunday, Jan. 31 at James Madison • 2 p.m. • JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va.