PROVIDENCE, RI – After a slow start to the game, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team stepped on the pedal in the second half on their way to victory. The Wildcats won their fourth contest in a row with a 77-59 decision over Mount Ida on Tuesday.
Mount Ida: 5-15, 1-10 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 12-7, 8-3 GNAC
Kimberly Viafara (Woodside, NY) single-handedly gave the Wildcats the lead in final minutes of the first quarter as she scored five points to give JWU a 20-15 edge. She knocked down a pair of free throws at the 2:14 mark of the second period to push the lead to 36-26. The feisty Mustangs cut the lead to five, 40-35, with 3:20 left in the third quarter, but JWU went on a 16-3 run over the next six minutes to seal the victory
For the second game in a row Viafara produced a double-double with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. She was one of four Wildcats in double figures, led by Raquel Pederzani's (Coventry, RI) game-high 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Kristen Habbel (Phoenixville, Pa.) followed with a season-high 15 points and eight rebounds while Ashley Thompson (Bellingham, Mass.) added 12 points.
Angelique Martinez had a double-double for the Mustangs, pulling in a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with 13 points. Leading Mount Ida offensively was Brittany Crosby with a team-high 14 points. Katlyn Jesse was the third Mustang to reach double digits with 13 points.
Johnson & Wales had a 52-40 advantage on the boards, which led to a 34-22 margin for second-chance points and 26-9 edge for points in the paint. The Wildcats also benefited from 13-of-19 at the free throw line, compared to 7-of-9 by the Mustangs.
The Wildcats continue conference action on Thursday when they play host to Anna Maria at 7 p.m.