PROVIDENCE, RI – A fast start by 11th-ranked Saint Joseph's College (Me.) was too much for the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team to overcome. The Wildcats dropped an 85-59 GNAC decision to the Monks on Saturday.
Saint Joseph's (Me.): 21-0, 9-0
Johnson & Wales: 4-16, 3-4 GNAC
Dede Stevenson (JWU): 30 points, 8 rebounds
Ally Mishol (JWU): 13 points, 10 rebounds
Kelsi McNamara (SJC): 20 points, 5 assists
Dede Stevenson made a three-pointer at the 3:48 mark of the first quarter to pull the Wildcats within 13-7. However, JWU only scored once more the rest of the opening frame as the Monks finished the quarter on a 14-2 run.
Saint Joseph's shot 60 percent in the second quarter on its way to a 49-28 half time lead.
Johnson & Wales couldn't slow down the Monks offensively as the visitors shot 47.5 percent. SJC was also hot behind the arc, knocking down 10 three balls compared to four by the Wildcats.
Leading all scorers was Stevenson as she poured in 30 points, tying her career-high. Ally Mishol added 13 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the year.
The Monks got 85 percent of their points from their starters as four of the five were in double figures. Julia Champagne had 20 points and Kelsie McNamara also had 20 points to go along with five assists.
Johnson & Wales is on the road Tuesday to face Lasell at 5:30 p.m.