PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team outscored visiting Bridgewater State, 7-0, in the final two minutes to defeat the Bears on Wednesday. Guard Raquel Pederzani knocked down three free throws to seal the Wildcats' 55-48 triumph.
Bridgewater State: 1-6
Johnson & Wales: 4-2, 1-0 GNAC
Until the final minute, the largest lead by either team in the second half was a five-point JWU margin (34-29) on a Kristen Habbel (Phoenixville, Pa.) three-pointer with 5:50 remaining in the third quarter. A Rhiana Page jumper capped a 7-0 run to give BSU a 36-34 lead.
Another Page basket at the 4:15 mark of the fourth quarter tied the game for the 13th and final time at 48-48. Neither team would score for the next two minutes until Britney Gallagher (New City, NY) scored on a reverse layup with 1:54 remaining. Pederzani (Coventry, RI) hit a jumper with 1:07 to play then drilled three free throws.
The two teams were evenly matched with JWU holding a slight 39.3-to-36.1 shooting advantage. The Bears struggled at the free throw line, going 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) while the Wildcats were 5-of-7 (71.4 percent).
Pederzani had another good game across the board, posting a team-high 13 points to go along with seven assists, five rebounds and four steals. Center Emily Beauvais (Greenville, NH) came off the bench to score eight points.
Page led all players with a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds. Chanelle Melton pulled in a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with eight points.
The Wildcats are back in conference action Saturday when they host Saint Joseph at 1 p.m.