First-Half Threes Key William & Mary’s Win Over Women’s Basketball
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The College of William & Mary made four first-quarter 3-pointers Saturday, jumping out to a 22-8 lead over Loyola University Maryland after the end of the opening stanza, and the Tribe went on to a 70-49 non-conference victory.
CaLee Gelbaugh matched her career-high with 13 points for the Greyhounds, and Courtney Vannoy also tied her career-best, recording the same 10 points she had in Wednesday’s win over Norfolk State University.
The Tribe (4-1 overall) made two more three in the first four minutes of the second quarter, and it later extended its advantage to 23, 40-17, on a Nari Garner transition basket with 1:19 left in the half. Loyola (2-4) got two baskets from Courtney Vannoy before the end of the period, but Victoria Reynolds put William & Mary in front, 42-21, at the break.
Loyola opened the third quarter with nine of the first 11 points as Stephanie Karcz and CaLee Gelbaugh layups booked a Bianca Boggs jumper in the first two minutes. Molly Taylor then knocked down a three for the Greyhounds, and Gelbaugh followed with a layup to get Loyola within 14, 44-30.
William & Mary scored the next four points, but Madeline McDonald had a basket, and Gelbaugh made two free throws at 5:24, getting Loyola back within 14, 48-34. The Tribe, however, reeled off 10 of the next 13 points to stretch its advantage back to 21, 58-37, with 3:27 remaining in the frame. Loyola would not get closer than 19 from that point until the final buzzer.
William & Mary finished 8 of 19 from 3-point range and shot 51.8 percent overall from the field. Reynolds was one of five players in double-figures for the Tribe, matching Gelbaugh for game-high honors with 13 points.
Loyola has a week off before playing its next game, a 1 o’clock tilt on Saturday, December 2, at Mount St. Mary’s University.