PROVIDENCE, RI – Strong shooting from three-point range pushed the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team to victory on Thursday. The Wildcats stayed undefeated at home by topping Regis, 77-68.
Regis: 8-7, 6-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 10-6, 6-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales relied on the three-pointer to get them out to a fast start. The Wildcats built a 17-6 lead on a Britney Gallagher (New City, NY) layup. JWU shot 58.8 percent in the first half, including 50 percent from behind the arc. Johnson & Wales took a 25-18 lead into the locker room.
Every time the Pride made a run in the second half, the Wildcats had an answer. Regis cut the lead to 52-44 on a Shannon Hayes layup in the third quarter, but Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) answer with a jumper on the next possession to push the lead back to double digits.
Johnson & Wales hit 10-of-25 (40 percent) from behind the arc and used pressure defense to defeat Regis. The Wildcats forced the Pride into 19 turnovers, which JWU converted into 21 points. Regis had a 36-31 rebounding advantage, but couldn't take advantage of its opportunity at the free throw line, shooting 60 percent (9-of-15).
Four different Wildcats reached double figures, including Pederzani who put up a career-best 31 points. She now has 1,325 points for career, ranking her second in school history. Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) followed with 16 points and a team-high six rebounds. Kristen Habbel had (Phoenixville, Pa.) a great stat line across the board, producing 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Sarah Duryea (Middle Village, NY) tossed in 14 points and grabbed five boards.
Regis had a pair of players record a double-double. Shannon Hayes had a team-best 20 points and 10 rebounds. Brittany Stone scored 16 points and grabbed a game-high 13 boards. Nikki Bitinaitis followed with 14 points and Maura Russell added 11.
The Wildcats are on the road Saturday when they face Albertus Magnus at 1 p.m.