WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The College of Charleston women’s basketball team had four players in double figures and forced 17 turnovers Sunday against William & Mary, but it was not enough as the Tribe walked away with an 81-76 victory over the Cougars at the Kaplan Center.
Mikaela Hopkins continued her recent tear, scoring in double figures for the third consecutive game with 21 points while also pulling down 8 rebounds. Performing well alongside Hopkins for the Cougars (11-10, 4-4 CAA), were seniors Alyssa Frye (Chester, Va.) and Afreyea Tolbert (Teaneck, N.J.) who both had 17 points for the game.
The Tribe (5-14, 2-5 CAA) came out determined in the opening half, leading by as many 8 points following a Marlene Tremba layup with 11:20 to go in the opening twenty. The Cougars – who came in to the game third in the conference standings – cut in to the advantage over the next 10 minutes before Alyssa Frye gave the Cougars their second lead of the game with a deep trey at the 1:29 mark. Then, following a late pull up jumper from freshman Breanna Bolden, the Cougars took a 42-38 lead in to the locker room at halftime.
The second half was a tight affair, with 3 lead changes and neither team leading by more than five points. Despite attempting 12 more field goals and winning almost every statistical category, including: steals, turnovers, blocks, offensive rebounds, points in the paint, second chance points, points in transition and bench points, the Cougars lost the lead for good after Jazmen Boone knocked down two free-throws with 4:10 left in the game. The Cougars clawed back to cut the deficit to just one point following an and-1 sequence from Frye with 1:29 remaining, but a three-point play from Tremba and two free throws from Kaitlyn Mathieu sealed the 81-76 victory for the Tribe.
Next up for the Cougars is a two-game home stand, beginning with the Drexel Dragons, this Friday, Feb. 7, followed by a Sunday, Feb. 9, clash with the Huskies of Northeastern University. Tip-offs are set for 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
• Mikaela Hopkins scored a career-high 21 points on Sunday against William & Mary.
• Over the past three games, Hopkins is averaging 17.6 points per outing.
• Senior Afreyea Tolbert notched her seventh double-double of the season on Sunday, scoring 17 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
• Tolbert has now grabbed 10 or more rebounds in eight games this season.
• Jill Brown – who came in to the game averaging over 37 minutes per game – was on the floor for all forty minutes tonight.
• Brown has more career minutes played than anyone in the history of College of Charleston women’s basketball.
• Jazz Green registered a career-high five steals against the Tribe.
• Alyssa Frye and Jill Brown are the only two players to have started all 21 games this season for the College.
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