PROVIDENCE, RI – A strong start to the second half propelled Emmanuel College past the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team Thursday in GNAC action. The Saints defeated the Wildcats 89-60.
Emmanuel: 16-4, 7-0 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 4-15, 3-3 GNAC
Ally Mishol (JWU): 12 points, 6 rebounds
Kayla Walsh (JWU): 16 points
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda (EC): 15 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists
Johnson & Wales grabbed a 28-26 lead at the 3:38 mark of the second quarter on back-to-back baskets by Kayla Walsh. Walsh made two free throws with five seconds left in the half to pull JWU within 37-32 going into the locker room.
Any hopes of a Wildcats' upset were dashed in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Emmanuel started the second half on a 12-2 run that was capped by a Mary McCarthy layup.
Johnson & Wales couldn't slow down the Saints on offense as the visitors shot 52.1 percent from the floor. JWU had its chance, but went 25-of-70 (35.7 percent).
Emmanuel also had a sizable rebounding advantage, 52-30, that it used for 18 second-chance points.
The Saints had four players in double figures, topped by Maddie McLaughlin's game-high 19 points. Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda had a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double.
The Wildcats are back at home on Saturday to face 11th-ranked Saint Joseph's (Me.) at 11 a.m.