PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A Tiondra Hands three-pointer with 45 seconds left in the game propelled the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team to victory in the season opener. The Wildcats defeated visiting Mitchell College, 88-83, on Tuesday.
Johnson & Wales: 1-0
It's JWU's first win in the season opener since the Wildcats downed Fitchburg State, 95-27, on November 14, 2015.
Marissa Cottrell knocked down a jumper at the 7:53 mark of the fourth quarter to stake the Wildcats to a 75-64 lead. Le'Sandra Turner scored six of her 13 points during a 14-3 Mariners' run to give the visitors a 78-77 advantage.
Tara Murphy converted a three-point play to put JWU back in the lead, 80-78, but Amina Wiley connected on a pair of free throws to knot the game at 80-80. Wiley led all players with 25 points and pulled in 15 rebounds.
Hands missed a three-pointer on the ensuing possession, but connected the next time down the court. She sealed the victory with a trio of free throws with 16 seconds remaining.
Johnson & Wales had four players in double figures, led by Britney Gallagher's team-high 21 points. Hands was next at 19 points, including 12 in the second half. In her JWU debut, Maddy Moro recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Wiley was one of two Mariners to eclipse 20 points as Sam McKenna chipped in 21. Turner just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine boards.
The teams were nearly identical on the stat sheet. Mitchell went cold from the charity stripe, shooting 54.8 percent (17-of-31) while Johnson & Wales hit 16-of-20 (80 percent).
Johnson & Wales goes on the road Friday to take on Farmingdale State at 5:30 PM in the Roadrunner Tip Off Tournament, hosted by Ramapo.