PROVIDENCE, RI– After spotting Emmanuel a 19-point lead, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team mounted a furious comeback that came up just short. The Wildcats dropped a 60-55 decision to the Saints on Thursday.
Emmanuel: 11-5, 7-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 8-7, 4-3 GNAC
A Kayla Weaver layup with 38 seconds remaining in the first half gave the Saints a 34-17 advantage. The margin grew to as many as 39-20 on a Ryan Maynard three pointer less than three minutes into the third quarter. JWU went on an 11-0 run to cut the lead to eight.
JWU only allowed Emmanuel to score six points through the first nine minutes of the fourth quarter. A Kimberly Viafara (Woodside, NY) layup with 38 seconds left pulled the Wildcats within 53-50. Unfortunately, the Saints made seven free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Leading all scorers was the Wildcats' Ashley Thompson (Bellingham, Mass.) as she poured in 26 points and grabbed five boards. Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) was next with 13 points to go along with five steals and five assists. JWU forced Emmanuel into 24 turnovers, but could only convert those into 15 points.
The Saints had a balanced scoring attack with five players tallying nine or more points. Olivia Dalphonse posted a team-best 13 points while Alexis Ezell had a 12-point, 13 rebound double-double. Emmanuel made twice as many three-pointers (6-12) as the Wildcats (3-10) and had a 24-18 advantage for points in the paint.
The Wildcats are on the road Saturday when they tipoff against Lasell at 1 p.m.