PROVIDENCE, RI – For three quarters, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team hung in with UMass Dartmouth. The Corsairs were too strong in the final quarter as they pulled away for an 81-58 decision on Tuesday.
UMass Dartmouth: 8-1
Johnson & Wales: 1-8
Johnson & Wales grabbed an 11-8 lead on a Tiondra Hands three-pointer at the 2:37 mark of the first quarter. The Corsairs used an 11-3 run to take a 34-29 lead into the locker room.
The Wildcats opened the second half with a 12-4 run to take a 41-38 margin on a pair of Morgan Chapman free throws.
UMass Dartmouth broke the game open with a 12-2 run to start the fourth quarter. Danyel Gonzalez and Jess Korzec each scored four points during that stretch.
The backcourt duo of Dede Stevenson and Hands led the Wildcats offensively. Stevenson had a team-high 18 points while Hands put up 14.
Topping all players was UMD's Nakira Examond as she produced a 22-point, 13-rebound double-double. UMass Dartmouth had four players in double figures.
The Corsairs went 23-of-31 from the free throw line compared to 8-of-10 by the Wildcats. JWU did knock down six three-pointers while limiting UMD to only two.
The Wildcats are on the road Thursday when they take on UMass Boston at 5:30 p.m.