BIDDEFORD, Maine – After losing a heartbreaker in the season opener, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team made sure there would be no doubt about Saturday's contest. The Wildcats blew open a 10-point halftime lead on their way to a 71-47 victory over Maine-Farmington at the Ramada Roundball Invitational, hosted by UNE.
Johnson & Wales: 1-1
The Wildcats' defense was the difference in the game. The Beavers committed 22 errors, which Johnson & Wales converted into 28 points. By contrast, the Wildcats only turned the ball over seven times, resulting in three UMF points.
Coming out of the locker room up 36-26, Johnson & Wales started the second half on a 9-0 run. A jumper by Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) pushed the JWU lead to 45-26 halfway through the third quarter. The junior point guard scored 13 points and just missed her career-high with nine assists. She was named to the all-tournament team.
Junior center Ashley Thompson (Bellingham, Mass.) almost doubled her point total from Friday night as she led all players with 22 points. Classmate Kristen Habbel (Phoenixville, Pa.) was the third Wildcat in double figures at 12 points.
A pair of newcomers came off the bench to give the Wildcats a boost offensively. Sophomore transfer Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored seven points and freshman Cayleigh Shufelt (Latham, NY) added four as she scored the first points of her collegiate career.
The Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Curry for a 5:30 p.m. contest.