PROVIDENCE, RI. –In the first meeting of the season with Suffolk, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team lost on a buzzer beater. The Wildcats made sure that didn't happen again on Thursday as they outscored the Rams 18-10 in the third quarter on their way to a 54-49 victory.
Suffolk: 13-6, 8-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 10-7, 6-3 GNAC
Johnson & Wales jumped out to a 7-1 lead at the 5:14 mark of the first period on an Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) basket. Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) drilled a three pointer two minutes into the second quarter to put the Wildcats up 14-11.
Unfortunately, the hosts would not score for over seven minutes as Caitlyn Caramello scored four points and Georgia Bourikas had five during an 11-0 Suffolk run. The Rams took a 22-18 lead into the locker room.
Suffolk went up 27-24 at 4:37 in the third period on two Katelyn Rourke free throws. Johnson & Wales responded with an 8-0 run and grabbed a 32-27 lead when Pederzani completed a three-point play. Mishol hit a jumper with 3:16 left in the game to extend the JWU margin to 51-39.
Pederzani led all scorers with 18 points. Sarah Duryea (Middle Village, NY) was next with a season-high 12 points. JWU had a 49-45 rebounding advantage with Mishol pulling in 12 and Kimberly Viafara (Woodside, NY) snaring 11. The Wildcats committed a season-low five turnovers while getting 17 points from 17 Ram miscues.
Bourikas came off the bench to lead Suffolk with 13 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Alexandre Clarke had 10 points and seven boards while Rourke nabbed 10 rebounds. The Rams hit six three pointers, but struggled from the charity stripe where they were 13-21 (61.9%).
The Wildcats are on the road Saturday when they travel to Albertus Magnus for a 1 p.m. tipoff.