PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team set the tone with its defense in the first quarter against the University of Saint Joseph. The Wildcats did not allow the Blue Jays to score a bucket in the opening stanza on their way to a 75-52 triumph Thursday.
Saint Joseph (Conn.): 3-15, 0-5
Johnson & Wales: 4-14, 3-2 GNAC
The Wildcats' defense was stout in the opening quarter as they did not allow the Blue Jays to make a single field goal (0-for-17). JWU built a 17-6 lead before Devona Kinsey made USJ's first basket two minutes into the second quarter. JWU went into the half up 29-18 thanks to a Tiondra Hands' three-pointer at the buzzer.
Saint Joseph got the lead down to eight (37-29) on a Cheyenne-Mone Smith layup midway through the third quarter, but the Wildcats took control with a 12-2 run that was capped on an Ally Mishol three-pointer.
JWU continued its strong three-point shooting, knocking down nine three balls while shooting a season-high 45.9 percent from the floor. The Wildcats held the Blue Jays to a 29.2 percent rate and had a 48-36 rebounding edge.
Leading all scorers was Mishol as she poured in 21 points for her second 20-point game in her last three outings. Britney Gallagher chipped in a dozen.
Silvana Barcomb topped the Blue Jays with 18 points and Smith added 14.
The Wildcats go on the road Saturday to take on Regis at 1 p.m.