PROVIDENCE, RI – Visiting Lasell College made two runs at the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team, but both times the Wildcats had an answer. The Wildcats outscored the Lasers, 21-8, in the fourth quarter on their way to the 64-47 victory.
Lasell: 2-9, 0-4 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 8-6, 4-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales got out to a fast start, building a 12-3 lead on a Gabrielle Nicastri (East Greenwich, RI) jumper. The Lasers cut the lead to two, but the Wildcats built it back up to 30-14 on an Emily Beauvais (Greenville, NH) jump shot. JWU outscored Lasell 15-9 in the second quarter to take a 32-19 halftime lead.
The Lasers came out of the locker room on fire, outscoring the hosts 16-7 to pull within 37-35 on a Devyn Markland layup. Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) knocked down a three-pointer then Sarah Duryea (Middle Village, NY) added another to push the lead back to 43-35. A Kristen Habbel (Phoenixville, Pa.) three-ball two minutes into the fourth quarter pushed the lead to 10 and the Lasers never got it under double digits the rest of the game.
Three Wildcats reached double figures, led by Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) with 14 points and nine rebounds. Pederzani added 13 while dishing out seven assists and Duryea chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds. Johnson & Wales outshot Lasell (42.9-30.2 percent) and had a 43-31 rebounding advantage.
Leading all scorers was Lasell's Morgan Church with 20 points. Dana Ross chipped in 12 points. The Lasers didn't take advantage of their opportunities at the free throw line, going 10-of-20 while the Wildcats were 9-of-10.
The Wildcats travel to Simmons for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday.