Thursday, January 26, 2012

William and Mary snaps 52-game losing streak against ODU (barely)

William and Mary 83, Old Dominion 80

Talk about a game of runs. The Lady Monarchs built up a 12-point halftime second-half lead. The Tribe roared back to go up 11. Then ODU sliced that deficit to 2 and had the ball with 10 seconds left. But Taysha Pye deflected a Jackie Cook pass, setting up Katherine DeHenzel to make 1 of 2 free throws and leave ODU just four seconds to work with. Ashley Betz-White's desperation 3-point try didn't connect and the Tribe had survived for their first victory over ODU since 1975.

"It's an exciting night for our program," William and Mary coach Debbie Taylor said. "It was a long time coming."

That Pye would make a pivotal play late was fitting as it capped a second half in which the senior guard scored 19 of her team-high 23 points and - perhaps more importantly to Taylor - defended with passion. Emily Correal added 18 points and 8 rebounds and Janine Aldridge chipped in 15 as the Tribe snapped a five-game losing streak.

Tia Lewis went for 23 points and 8 rebounds and Betz-White had 22 points and hit 4 of 7 3-pointers, including back-to-back bombs in the Lady Monarchs' late-game flurry. But ODU hurt itself with 22 turnovers, which led to 30 William and Mary points. The Tribe also got to the free throw line 35 times (making 28), as opposed to just 17 times for ODU (they made 14).

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