First-ever triple-double lifts William & Mary women past UNCW is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Senior guard Shatia Cole led four UNCW players in double figures with 16 points, but the Seahawks were unable to overcome a record-setting performance from William & Mary sophomore guard Abby Rendle as the Tribe earned a 77-65 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Seahawks at Kaplan Arena on Friday evening.

The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Tribe, while improving to 12-5 overall and 3-3 in the CAA. Meanwhile, the Seahawks dropped to 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the conference after suffering its third straight loss.

Madison Raque drives the lane for UNCW. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
Madison Raque drives the lane for UNCW. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics

Rendle posted the first triple-double in William & Mary women’s basketball history after setting career highs with 24 points, 15 rebounds and a W&M-record 10 blocked shots. She made 9 of 17 shots from the floor and was 6-for-7 from the free throw line, while contributing three steals.

Cole, who posted her fifth consecutive double-digit scoring effort, made 7 of 16 field goal attempts while adding a season-high six assists for the Seahawks.

The Tribe overcame an early four-point deficit in the first two minutes to take a 22-14 lead in the first quarter, which ended on a 7-0 W&M run. Rendle scored nine points during the opening stanza as William & Mary continued to extend its advantage over the final 30 minutes.

UNCW continues a brief two-game road trip at Elon on Tuesday, Jan. 26.