PROVIDENCE, RI – A strong second quarter gave the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team a lead over visiting Salve Regina, but the Wildcats could not hold on for victory. The Seahawks outscored the Wildcats, 37-22, in the second half to hand JWU a 67-54 defeat on Saturday.
Salve Regina: 3-6
Johnson & Wales: 1-7
Salve Regina got out of the blocks fast, building a 16-5 lead at the 4:36 mark on a Brooke Vonasek layup. Johnson & Wales worked its way back into the game in the second quarter. Dede Stevenson made a lay up to give JWU its first lead, 28-26, since the opening minutes of the first quarter.
The Wildcats went cold offensively in the third quarter, only scoring eight points. The Seahawks only made two more baskets than JWU, but they hit a trio of three-pointers.
Tiondra Hands made a layup 1:30 into the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 48-44, but the Wildcats wouldn't score for another three minutes as Salve Regina built a 55-44 lead.
The visitors took advantage of the free throw line, hitting 23-31 while the Wildcats were limited to 5-10.
Salve Regina got 90 percent of its scoring from its starters, including a game-high 26 points from Kerri Beland. Tori Scorpio had 16 points and handed out five assists.
Johnson & Wales is back at home on Tuesday to host UMass Dartmouth at 5:30 p.m.