DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team hung with UMass Dartmouth for the first quarter, but in the end the Corsairs prevailed on Monday night. UMass Dartmouth defeated the Wildcats, 94-67.
UMass Dartmouth: 7-2
Johnson & Wales: 5-3
A pair of Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) free throws put the Wildcats up, 17-13, with 3:32 left in the opening period. The Corsairs – who were ranked nationally to start the year – took the lead with a 6-0 run. Britney Gallagher (New City, NY) hit a layup to cut the margin to two points early in the second quarter, but UMD pushed the lead to 23-33 and JWU would not get it below double digits the rest of the game.
For the second game in a row, Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) led the team with 16 points to go along with a team-best six rounds. Pederzani was next with 14 points while dishing out four assists. Gabrielle Nicastri (East Greenwich, RI) and Emily Beauvais (Greenville, NH) combined for 17 points off the bench.
The Corsairs were able to get the ball inside, holding a 66-32 advantage for points in the paint. That led UMD to shooting 58.6 percent (41-of-70) from the floor while limiting JWU to 22-of-68 (32.4 percent). The hosts also had a 48-34 rebounding margin.
The Wildcats are on the road Saturday for their final game before the holiday break when they take on the Coast Guard Academy at 2 p.m.