NEW YORK – A disadvantage on the boards and lopsided free throw shooting was too much for the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team to overcome in its season opener. The Wildcats lost 78-63 to William Smith on Saturday at the NYU Tip Off Tournament.
William Smith: 1-0
Johnson & Wales: 0-1
Johnson & Wales had an early lead on an Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) three-pointer. Unfortunately, the Wildcats would only score two more baskets the rest of the first period as the Herons went on a 17-4 run. A pair of Sarah Duryea (Middle Village, NY) free throws cut the lead to six in the third period, but that's as close as JWU would get the rest of the way.
William Smith had a 49-28 advantage on the boards. The Herons made nearly as many free throws (21-of-26) as the Wildcats took (16-23).
Topping Johnson & Wales in the scoring column was senior guard Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) with 18 points to go along with a team-best five rebounds and four assists. Junior Gabrielle Nicastri (East Greenwich, RI) scored 13 points, eclipsing her entire 2016-17 total. Duryea was next with 10 points.
The Wildcats wrap up the NYU Tip Off Tournament Sunday when they take on Mt. Aloysius at 12 p.m.