BOSTON – A strong second half catapulted the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team to its third-straight victory. The Wildcats defeated Simmons College, 64-52, on Tuesday.
Simmons 1-10, 1-5 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 9-6, 5-1 GNAC
Britney Gallagher (New City, NY) made a layup with 1:13 left in the third quarter to break a 37-37 tie and start an 18-4 Johnson & Wales run. An Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) jumper grew the Johnson & Wales lead to 55-41 at the 6:37 mark of the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats had 21 steals – their second game this year with more than 20 – as part of Simmons' 32 turnovers. JWU converted those miscues into 17 points. Johnson & Wales took advantage of the free throw line, hitting 24-of-32 from the charity stripe.
Six different JWU players had nine or more points, led by Kristen Habbel (Phoenixville, Pa.) with 13 points and a career-high 11 steals for her first career double-double. Mishol had 12 points and eight rebounds while Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) followed with 11 points.
Johnson & Wales is at home on Thursday to take on Regis at 5:30 p.m. It's the team's Big Game with in-game contests and the chance to win a Fitbit.