Johnson & Wales: 15-7, 10-3 GNAC
Rivier: 8-13, 5-8 GNAC
Coming into the game, Pederzani (Coventry, RI) needed 19 points to become the sixth player in school history to reach the 1000-point mark. The Raiders held her to six points in the first half, but she answered with 14 in the second stanza, including two free throws with 11 seconds left to reach the mark.
JWU trailed 18-14 after the first quarter, but held Rivier to just three points in the second frame. JWU built a 27-18 lead on a pair of Kimberly Viafara (Woodside, NY) free throws. The Raiders only basket of the second quarter was a Rebecca Debaldo 3-pointer at the three-minute mark. Twice Rivier got the lead down to two in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats made big shots down the stretch.
Pederzani led the team with 20 points while nabbing a trio of steals. Viafara snagged a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with 16 points for her fourth double-double of the year. Ashley Thompson (Bellingham, Mass.) was the third Wildcat in double figures with 17 points.
Free throws and their play inside were the keys to victory for the Wildcats. JWU was 20-26 from the charity stripe while the hosts were 15-20. The Wildcats had a 52-42 rebounding margin as well as 36-24 advantage for points in the paint.
The Wildcats' four-game road swing continues on Saturday when they travel to Norwich for a 3 p.m. contest.