PROVIDENCE, RI – Junior women's basketball player Ashley Thompson hit a jumper as time expired to lift Johnson & Wales University to a 49-48 victory over visiting Rhode Island College on Thursday.
Rhode Island College: 3-4
Johnson & Wales: 4-2
An Alex Moore three-pointer put RIC up 48-46 with 12 seconds to play. Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to one with four seconds remaining. An RIC backcourt violation gave JWU a final chance with one second left on the clock. Sophomore Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) lobbed a pass to Thompson (Bellingham, Mass.) on the right side of the key and she hit the jumper as time ran out.
The visitors built a 22-13 lead on a three-pointer by Victoria Demers at the 2:44 mark of the second quarter and went into the locker room up, 24-15. A Mishol three-pointer tied the game, 27-27, with three minutes remaining in the third. She made a pair of free throws to give JWU its first lead, 35-33, in the fourth quarter then drained a three to build JWU's lead to 40-32 at the 6:12 mark.
Mishol recorded her first double-double of the season with game-highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Thompson tied her at 14 points while pulling in eight rebounds of her own. Pederzani followed with nine points and four assists.
Rhode Island College had two players in double figures, led by 11 from Demers. Moore was next at 10 points and Jordyn Gauvin snared a team-high eight rebounds.
Neither team shot particularly well from the floor, with RIC holding a 37.5-to-32.7 advantage in field goal percentage. The Anchormen left some points at the charity stripe, shooting 8-of-16, compared to 7-of-9 by the hosts.
The Wildcats are on the road for their next contest as they travel to Brandeis for a 12 p.m. tip on Saturday.