W&M women win 3rd CAA tilt at UNC Wilmington; Shoeless Showdown set for Thursday vs JMU

Four Tribe players scored in double figures as the William and Mary women handled UNC Wilmington 57-43 Sunday at Trask Coliseum.

W&M (13-2, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association) began the game on an 18-2 run and limited UNCW (5-11, 0-5) to just four field goals in the first and fourth quarters.

Tribe sophomore Bianca Boggs scored a game-high 13 points and had three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four steals. Senior Alexandra Masaquel scored 12 points, her 10th straight game in double figures. She also had four rebounds and four steals.

Senior Marlena Tremba had 11 points, while freshman reserve Victoria Reynolds chipped in 10 points.

Men's basketball

W&M fell 77-67 at College of Charleston Saturday as Grant Riller scored 20 points, including a big four-point play, for the Cougars.

W&M was forced to play without leading scorer Daniel Dixon, who was averaging 16.1 points per game, due to injury.

The Cougars (15-4, 6-0 Colonial Athletic Association) won their seventh in a row and are off to their best start in league play since going 6-0 in the Southern Conference in 2009-10.

The Cougars trailed by nine with 10:53 left but then rallied to go up seven points after a 13-2 run punctuated with Riller scoring eight straight points, ending with his four-point play.

Two free throws by Omar Prewitt got the Tribe (8-8, 2-3) back within five with a minute to go, but Joe Chealey made two free throws and Jarrell Brantley three for Charleston.

Brantley finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Prewitt scored 22 points, Greg Malinowski 12 and David Cohn 11 for the Tribe.

For the fifth-straight year, W&M will partner with the Shoeless Showdown at 7 p.m. on Thursday when the Tribe hosts James Madison.

Fans that donate a new pair of shoes (children or adult) at the game, will receive a free ticket to the contest. In addition, each person donating a new pair of shoes will get a ticket to an upcoming Tribe home game, a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich and a $10 voucher toward a new C&F checking account. All shoes will be donated to the Williamsburg Salvation Army. Donations are also accepted at any C&F Bank in the Williamsburg area.

Men's gymnastics

W&M opened its season Sunday with a strong showing at the State Open at Kaplan Arena, claiming all six individual event titles.

Senior Rob Meyer and freshman Tomas Palma led the way with two titles apiece, as Meyer finished first on parallel bars (13.45) and tied for first on rings (13.45). Palma won on floor (13.15) and tied for top honors on vault (14.0). Meyer was second on pommel horse (13.15).

Junior Griffin Antle posted the meet's top score on pommel horse (13.65) and placed second on parallel bars (13.1).

W&M's other individual event winners included sophomore Peter Makey on rings (13.45, tied for first), freshman Tim O'Neill on vault (14.0, tied for first) and junior Mitchell Campbell on high bar (13.0).

Senior Aria Sabbagh was the top all-arounder with a 71.65, while sophomore David Allen finished second (70.1).

Women's soccer

William and Mary women's soccer head coach John Daly received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Letter of Commendation on Jan. 13 at the NSCAA Awards Banquet in conjunction with the 70th annual NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles.

The distinction honors careers in soccer filled with service to the game, the NSCAA, the coaching profession, and the development of players.

Daly was joined by Bruce Arena (U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach), Marti Coan (Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association), Mike Coven (Brandeis University), Sigi Schmid (MLS, US Soccer, and UCLA), and Phil Wright (U.S. Club Soccer) in receiving the award.

Daly finished his 30th season at the helm of the Tribe women's soccer program in the fall and has led the Tribe to 21 NCAA tournament appearances, including 17 of the past 24 years. He has also helped guide W&M to an NCAA-record 36 consecutive winning seasons. Daly has coached the side in 626 matches, amassing a record of 405-166-55 (.691) overall and a mark of 153-41-16 (.767) in the Colonial Athletic Association.

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