WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team had a strong finish to the first 20 minutes of its game at Eastern Connecticut State. The Warriors then outscored the Wildcats, 31-17, in the second half as JWU dropped a 58-46 decision on Tuesday.
Johnson & Wales: 5-5
Eastern Connecticut State: 6-4
Johnson & Wales closed the first half on an 8-2 run. Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass) hit a pair of baskets and Ashley Thompson (Bellingham, Mass.) knocked down a jumper with 22 seconds left to give JWU a 29-27 lead at the break. Thompson hit another jumper halfway through the third quarter to push the lead to 37-31, but the Warriors responded with a 14-3 run to regain a 45-40 margin they would not relinquish.
Over 70 percent of the Wildcats' scoring came from a pair of players. Thompson posted a team-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Guard Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) was next with 16 points and five boards.
Both teams grabbed 13 rebounds, but ECSU made the most of its extra opportunities. The Warriors had a 16-0 advantage in second-chance points as well as 28-20 margin for points in the paint. The hosts also made 11-of-12 from the free throw line, compared to 3-of-6 by JWU.
The Wildcats are back on the road Saturday when they travel to Emmanuel for a 3 p.m. GNAC contest.