NORTFIELD, Vt. – The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team nearly scored as many points in the fourth quarter as it did in the first three quarters combined. The Wildcats overcame a horrendous first half and 20-point deficit to defeat Norwich, 46-44 on Saturday.
Norwich: 9-12, 6-7 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 15-9, 11-4 GNAC
Johnson & Wales only made five field goals in the first half and trailed 28-10 at the intermission. It was a different JWU team in the second half as the Wildcats produced 36 points to pull out the victory.
Johnson & Wales gained a 43-40 lead on a Sarah Duryea three-pointer halfway through the fourth quarter. A JWU turnover and foul in the closing seconds allowed Norwich to pull within 45-44, but Kristen Habbel hit a free throw with six seconds left to seal the victory.
Senior Raquel Pederzani scored all of her game-high 16 points in the second half. Sophomore Emily Beauvais dominated the glass, grabbing 21 rebounds – the most since Bobbie Whitehead pulled in 21 at Norwich on January 9, 2016 – and added a career-high 12 points for her first double-double.
Johnson & Wales plays its final home game of the regular season on Tuesday when it takes on Albertus Magnus at 5:30 p.m.