NASHUA, NH – After its lowest offensive output of the season on Wednesday, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team responded with its best offensive game in over two years. The Wildcats went on the road Saturday to open GNAC action with a 91-39 defeat of Rivier.
Rivier: 0-4, 0-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 3-2, 1-0 GNAC
The 91 points are the most Johnson & Wales has scored since it defeated Fitchburg State, 95-27, on November 14, 2015. That's also the last time JWU won by more than 50 points.
Johnson & Wales set the tone from the opening tip as it outscored Rivier, 27-2, in the first quarter. JWU took a 50-12 advantage into the locker room.
JWU shot 39-of-71 (54.9 percent) from the floor, but it was the Wildcats' defense that was the difference. Johnson & Wales forced the Raiders into 39 turnovers, which JWU turned into 40 points.
Setting new career-highs with a game-high 19 points apiece was sophomore Britney Gallagher (New City, NY) and junior Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.). Guard Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) was on the verge of a triple-double with 12 points, nine assists and seven steals. Sarah Duryea (Middle Village, NY) tossed in 15 points and rookie Morgan Chapman (York, Maine) came off the bench to score 11 points.
Johnson & Wales is back at home on Wednesday against Bridgewater State at 7 p.m.