WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Three players scored in double-figures, but the William & Mary women's basketball team couldn't overcome a pair of big deficits, falling 73-57 St. John's in the season opener for both squads Sunday afternoon at Kaplan Arena. With the decision, the Tribe falls to 0-1, while the Red Storm improves to 1-0.
Seniors Marlena Tremba and Alexandra Masaquel led the way with 13 points apiece. Tremba added four assists, and three rebounds, while Masaquel chipped in with a career-high eight steals, picking up four boards, and an assist. Junior Abby Rendle added 10 points, while adding seven rebounds in her first game since Jan. 22, 2016. Dating back to last year it is the eighth straight game Rendle has scored in double-figures.
Leading 10-9 with 3:52 left in the opening quarter, St. John's built a nine-point lead with an 8-0 run. The rally started with a Maya Singleton jumper, followed a jumper from Jordan Augustus. After a pair of free throws from Aaliyah Lewis, a triple from Agustus made it 18-9 with 47 seconds left in the stanza.
The Red Storm continued the success into the beginning of the second quarter, using a 9-0 run to build its largest lead of the first half at 17 points. Agustus again sparked the run with a jumper, which was matched with a triple from Andrayah Adams. Four straight free throws from Crystal Simmons made it 31-14 with 6:09 left in the first half.
W&M responded cutting the deficit to 31-24 with 3:26 left in the first half thanks to a 10-0 run. Masaquel sparked the rally with a jumper, before freshman Victoria Reynolds scored on fast break layup. A three-ball from Tremba brought the lead back to 10, before senior Kasey Curtis hit a jumper and Masaquel ended the run with a free throw.
The Tribe continued the run into the second half and used a 10-4 spurt to bring the game with-in a bucket, 40-38, with 4:54 remaining in the third. Sophomore Bianca Boggs and junior Jenna Green hit back-to-back shots, before St. John's responded with one of its own. Masaquel traded baskets with the Red Strom's Jade Walker, which was followed by a pair of free throws each from both Rendle and Tremba.
However, the Red Storm responded with a 16-2 run to build its lead to its largest of the game at 18. Adams canned a corner triple to open the run, before Singleton added a transition layup. A circus three from Lewis to beat the shot clock and pushed the lead back to double-figures, before Walker hit a triple of her own. Singleton added another layup, before sophomore Jeanne Gaumont scored on the other end of the floor. The last points of the run came from a Simmons 3-pointer making it 58-40 with 1:06 left in the third quarter.
W&M opened the final quarter with a 9-0 run, but that was a close as they could get. Rendle started the spurt with a jumper, followed by three straight points from Reynolds. Masaquel knocked down a jumper, before senior Latrice Hunter canned two from the charity stripe. In her first career-game Reynolds scored seven points added four rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes of work.
The Tribe also shot the ball well from the free throw line. As a team, W&M shot 84.2-percent (16-of-19), while both Rendle and Tremba knocked down 4-of-4 from the line individually. Walker led three Red Storm players in double-figures with 18 points. Walker added seven boards and four blocks. Aaliyah Lewis chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds, and six steals, while Crystal Simmons scored 10 off of the bench. As a team, St. John's shot 56.3-percent (27-of-48) from the floor.