WORCESTER, Mass. – A decided disadvantage inside was too much for the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team to overcome on Sunday. The Wildcats lost, 61-49, to host WPI in the finals of the WPI Thanksgiving Classic.
Johnson & Wales: 2-2
The Engineers more than doubled JWU's production on the boards, 41-18, including 18-8 in offensive rebounds. WPI also out-shot the Wildcats 51-to-37 percent.
Johnson & Wales had three players in double figures, led by junior center Ashley Thompson (Bellingham, Mass.) with 12 points and a team-high four rebounds. Thompson was named to the all-tournament team. Newcomer Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) tied Thompson with a dozen points.
Right behind them was junior guard Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) at 10 points. Guard Sarah Duryea (Middle Village, NY) dished out a game-high six assists and added eight points. JWU was limited to three points from its bench.
A Thompson jumper pulled JWU within 29-27 at the start of the third quarter, but the Wildcats then went four minutes without a basket. WPI responded with an 8-0 run to build a 37-27 lead and the Wildcats would only get as close as seven points the rest of the game.
Johnson & Wales plays its first home game of the season on Thursday when it takes on Rhode Island College at 7 p.m.