PROVIDENCE, RI – Every time the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team made a run, Dean College had an answer. The Bulldogs defeated the Wildcats, 61-56, on Thursday.
Johnson & Wales: 1-4
Ally Mishol (JWU): 26 Points, 8 Rebounds
Maykayla Rudder (DC): 20 Points, 10 Rebounds
Iindia Pina (DC): 14 Points, 17 Rebounds
An Ally Mishol three-pointer a minute into the second quarter cut the Dean lead to 21-20, but the Bulldogs responded with a 10-0 run that was capped by an Amanda Miressi three-pointer.
Johnson & Wales battled back to 33-31 on a Dede Stevenson free throw, but Iindia Pina sent Dean into the locker room up 35-31 on a layup with eight seconds left in the half.
The second half started with Tiondra Hands hitting a three-pointer to cut the lead to one, 35-34, but Dean built it back up to as many as 50-36 on a Pina three-pointer.
Mishol nearly scored half of the Wildcats' points with a career-high 26 points. Hands was the only other JWU player to reach double digits with 15 points.
The Bulldogs' defensive pressure caused havoc for the Wildcats as they committed 27 turnovers. Dean converted those miscues into 24 points. DC also had a 50-38 rebounding advantage.
Dean had three players in double figures and got a pair of double-doubles. Makayla Rudder had 20 points and 10 rebounds while Pina had a game-high 17 rebounds to go along with 14 points.
The Wildcats are on the road Saturday to take on Brandeis at 1 p.m.