NORFOLK, Va. – Three players scored in double figures, and the William & Mary women's basketball team held on through multiple comeback attempts as they topped Hampton Roads rival Old Dominion 69-58 on Sunday in Norfolk. With the win, the Tribe improves to 2-1, while the Monarchs drop to 1-1.
Sophomore Bianca Boggs tied a career-high with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. She added six boards, one assist, and two steals. Junior Marlena Tremba finished with 12 points on four triples, while freshman Victoria Reynolds improved her career-high for the third straight contest to 11 points.
Tied 8-8 with 3:46 left the first quarter, the Tribe used a 7-2 run to build a 15-10 lead with 2:14 left. Senior Kasey Curtis sparked the run with a layup followed by a jumper from Reynolds. After a Destinee Young jumper, Reynolds canned a trey, ending the run.
ODU used an 8-2 run over the end of the first and beginning of the second period to take a two-point advantage. Carolina Bernardeco opened the spurt with a triple, before senior Latrice Hunter hit a free throw. Jennie Simms ended the quarter with a layup to cut the score to 16-15. Manaysa Jones opened the second stanza with a layup, before Simms hit a free throw making it 18-16, which was the Monarchs final lead of the afternoon.
Following the Monarch run it was all Tribe to close the first half ending the period on a 16-6 rally. Junior Jenna Green started the W&M run with a 3-pointer, before Reynolds added two more from the line. Following an ODU basket, Reynolds drove for a layup which was matched by jumpers from Rendle and Boggs. Simms answered with a bucket, before Rendle knocked down a free throw. The teams traded baskets, before Hunter gave the Tribe a 32-24 advantage at the break.
The Tribe came out of the gates hot in the third quarter, and forced a quick ODU timeout. Back-to-back hoops from Boggs and Rendle gave W&M its largest lead of the day at 36-24 with 9:00 minutes left. The rest of the quarter was back-and-forth, but the Tribe led 54-45 at the end of the third periods. ODU opened the final quarter with a 5-0 run, cutting the lead to 54-50 with 7:31 left in the game. A traditional 3-point play by Simms started the run, before Young hit a jumper.
W&M answered with a 7-0 to building back its double-figure advantage. Tremba sparked the rally with a triple, before Boggs scored four in a row, making it 61-50 with 5:57 left. The Monarchs got as close five late in the game, but Masaquel hit a jumper, followed by a steal and a layup from Boggs that all, but sealed the game.
The Tribe forced a season-high 24 turnovers on 15 steals in the victory. Green led the way with four thefts, while Masaquel, Rendle, Boggs, and junior Jeanne Gaumont each finished with two. Green finished the afternoon with nine points, three rebounds, and an assist. Rendle finished with seven points, five rebounds, an assist, and two rejections. Simms paced Old Dominion with 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and three steals. Young finished with her second-straight double-double going for 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal.