PROVIDENCE, RI – A pair of Sarah Duryea free throws with three seconds remaining sealed the victory for the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team on Tuesday. The Wildcats broke a two-game slide with a 54-48 victory over UMass-Dartmouth.
Johnson & Wales: 5-4
The Wildcats had a 10-point lead, 44-34, on an Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass) jumper with 7:17 remaining in the game. The Corsairs' Alicia Kutil scored seven points during a 9-0 UMD run over the next three minutes to cut the lead to 44-43. JWU showed good resilience as every time the Corsairs got within one possession the rest of the game, the Wildcats made a play to bump the lead back up to four points.
Johnson & Wales broke a 13-13 tie in the second quarter with an 8-0 run to establish a 21-13 advantage on a pair of Kimberly Viafara (Woodside, NY) free throws. The Corsairs were dominating on the boards during the first half, holding a 30-16 rebounding margin. JWU countered by forcing UMD into 17 turnovers, which resulted in half of JWU's 30 points in the opening 20 minutes.
That trend held for the entire game as UMass-Dartmouth outrebounded JWU, 54-38, but the visitors couldn't take advantage of the extra possessions. UMD only had a 16-12 margin in second-chance points. The Wildcats got a little less than half of their points off UMD turnovers, as the 27 Corsairs miscues were converted into 23 JWU points.
Johnson & Wales had a balanced scoring attack as four different players scored 10 points. Guard Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI), Mishol and Viafara all had 10 points and six rebounds. Ashley Thompson (Bellingham, Mass.) added 10 points and four steals.
In contrast, Kutil accounted for more than half of UMD's scoring with a game-high 26 points. She added 13 rebounds for the double-double. Teammate Nakira Examond just missed a double-double with nine points and 13 boards.
Johnson & Wales is off until the New Year when it travels to Eastern Connecticut State for a 7 p.m. tip on January 5.