BOSTON -- While the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team has one of the best backcourts in the conference, injuries have limited the Wildcats inside. Suffolk took advantage of that flaw as the Rams eliminated JWU from the GNAC Tournament with a 68-46 decision on Tuesday.
Johnson & Wales: 15-11
A Raquel Pederzani jumper cut the Suffolk margin to 18-13 just two minutes into the second period, but the Rams went on an 11-2 run to open 29-15 advantage with 3:22 to play in the first half. The Rams went into the locker room leading 35-20.
Johnson & Wales made a valiant effort in the second half as a Gabrielle Nicastri jumper with 2:25 left in the third period cut the margin to three. JWU outscored Suffolk 19-9 in the third quarter, but the Rams secured the victory with a 24-7 advantage in the final quarter.
Suffolk had a 52-27 rebounding advantage and outscored JWU 28-14 in the paint. The Rams shot 44.4 percent from the floor while holding the Wildcats to 27.9 percent.
The game marks the end of three great careers as seniors Pederzani, Kristen Habbel and Duryea played their final game in a JWU uniform. All three are among the JWU career leaders in a number of categories. Pederzani completed her career as the Wildcats' record holder for points (1,535), assists (446) and steals (229).
First-year head coach Kim Dweck returns six players who saw significant minutes during the year, including junior Ally Mishol who was second on the team at 13.2 points per game.