PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team battled back from an early deficit against Colby-Sawyer College, but a second-half shooting slump was the Wildcats' undoing. JWU dropped a 67-52 decision to the Chargers on Thursday.
Colby-Sawyer: 10-4, 2-0 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 2-13, 1-1 GNAC
The Chargers shot 66.7 percent in the first quarter as they opened a 21-9 lead on a Kristen Donaghey layup at the 2:57 mark.
JWU limited the visitors to 23.1 percent shooting in the second stanza and rallied to within a point, 33-32, going into the locker on a Tiondra Hands three-pointer as the shot clock expired.
A Marissa Cottrell layup midway through the third quarter kept the CSC lead at a bucket, but the Chargers responded with an 11-1 run to open a 48-38 lead on a Tanisha Clark jumper.
The Wildcats struggled offensively in the second half, shooting just 7-of-35 (20 percent) as they scored as many points in final 20 minutes as they did in the second quarter.
Colby-Sawyer had a 49-36 rebounding advantage while shooting 44.9 percent from the floor.
Britney Gallagher and Hands tied for the team lead with 12 points. Cottrell had seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Leading all players was CSC's Tianna Sugars with 18 points while snagging eight rebounds. Lexi Hamilton produced 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Wildcats go on the road Thursday to take on Rivier at 6 p.m.