NEW LONDON, Conn - The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team got out to an early lead at the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday but couldn't hang on. The Wildcats dropped a 70-53 decision to the Bears.
Coast Guard: 4-6
Johnson & Wales: 5-4
Johnson & Wales would have the lead for most of the first quarter. Unfortunately, Kristen Habbel's (Phoenixville, PA) three-pointer at the 6:14 mark was JWU's last field goal the rest of the quarter. The Bears finished the opening period on a 10-0 run and took a 35-26 lead into the locker room.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was junior Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) with a team-high 21 points. Habbel nearly had a double-double with eight points and eight assists. Senior Sarah Duryea (Middle Village, NY) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
The Bears shot 50 percent from the field while holding the Wildcats to 29.7 percent (19-of-64). CGA also had a 44-31 rebounding margin.
Johnson & Wales is off until after the New Year when it hosts Eastern Connecticut State on January 3 at 7 p.m.