PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team opens its season at home Tuesday night versus Mitchell College. The Wildcats look to bounce back from a 6-20 record in 2018-19 season with head coach Kimberly Dweck at the helm for her third season.
After the home opener, Johnson & Wales will travel to Mahwah, New Jersey for the Roadrunner Tip-Off. First up is Farmingdale State at 5:30 pm on Friday followed by Ramapo/Bryn Athyn on Saturday at a time to be determined.
The conference coaches think the Wildcats will return back to the playoffs. Johnson & Wales received 82 points in the preseason poll to rank eigth in the poll. Returning champions, Emmanuel was tabbed number one with 142 points. Dweck returns three of her top five leading scorers from last season in Britney Gallagher, Tiondra Hands and Marissa Cottrell. Britney Gallagher coming into her senior season, she averaged a career high 30.4 minutes per game. She dished out 54 assists and swiped 24 for steal, also career highs.
Hands will point guard the offense for the Wildcats, stepping into a larger offensive role with the departure of last year's GNAC Rookie of the Year while Coach Dweck has added eight new players to the roster including transers and first-year student athletes, that will look to make an impact on the court immediately.
This seasons non-conference slate should help prepare the Wildcats ready for their Great Northeast Athletic Conference schedule which is set to begin in the second week of January. Prior to that, JWU hosts Brandeis on December 7 then travels to Emerson on December 11 to take on the Lyons. With conference play opening up against the Lasers of Lasell on January 11, the Wildcats will host game one of the President's Game doubleheader on January 29th against Suffolk. Campus President Marie Bernardo-Sousa is set to be in attendance for the second President's Game of the academic year, following the women's volleyball rendition held in late September.