PROVIDENCE, RI – Despite a school-record 41 points from senior Raquel Pederzani, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team couldn't pull out a victory on Tuesday. The Wildcats lost their final regular season game of the year, 85-68, to Albertus Magnus College.
Albertus Magnus: 16-7, 10-5 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 15-10, 11-5 GNAC
Raquel Pederzani (JWU): 41 points, 11 rebounds
Olivia Bolden (AMC): 29 points, 11 rebounds
Jill Johnson (AMC): 27 points, 5 rebounds
More half of Johnson & Wales' points came from Pederzani. She broke the old record of 34 set by several players, including Pederzani herself at Anna Maria on February 6. It's the fifth time in the last seven contests that she's scored 20 or more points.
The Coventry, RI native made her mark behind the three-point line where she tied Alyse Ragaglia's single-game mark of eight three-pointers. Pederzani also snagged a career-high 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. Kristen Habbel was next with 12 points.
A Pederzani jumper at the end of the first quarter pulled the Wildcats within 25-15 after the first 10 minutes. Unfortunately, Johnson & Wales would only make three field goals in the second quarter as the Falcons took a 47-22 lead into the locker room. The AMC margin grew to as many as 29 midway through the third quarter.
The Falcons shot 51.6 percent from the floor while limiting the Wildcats to 31.2 percent. The visitors also had a 54-36 rebounding advantage and 40-16 margin for points in the paint. Olivia Bolden led the Falcons with 29 points and 11 rebounds while Jill Johnson tossed in 27.
The Wildcats now wait to see who they will draw in the quarterfinals of the GNAC Tournament, which will be played on February 20.