PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch secured a non-conference victory for the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team. The Wildcats won their second game in a row with a 57-52 defeat of Clark University on Saturday.
Johnson & Wales: 3-1
Johnson & Wales held Clark scoreless for the first eight minutes of the second quarter. A Tiondra Hands layup staked the Wildcats to a 21-13 lead. Hannah Favloro and Hallie Johnson each made a basket in the final minute to cut JWU's halftime lead to 25-20.
Clark was the aggressor in the third quarter as it outscored the Wildcats, 20-14, to grab a 40-39 advantage. The Cougars went 7-of-8 from the line and had a 10-2 rebounding margin.
The Wildcats clamped down on defense to start the fourth quarter as they did not allow Clark to score a point for over six minutes. Tiondra Hands scored five of her team-high 15 points during the run and Tara Murphy knocked down a pair of free to give JWU a 50-40 advantage. The Cougars pulled within 52-47 on a Johnson layup, but JWU hit 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to preserve the win.
JWU's defense was the difference as the hosts limited Clark to 27.4 percent (17-of-62) shooting from the floor. The Wildcats also had 11 steals.
Murphy came off the bench to produce 10 points and grab eight rebounds. Tera-nay Lee just missed a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds.
Clark got a pair of double-doubles as Favloro had a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds while Johnson added 13 points and 12 boards. Clark had a 45-39 rebounding advantage.
JWU goes on the road Tuesday to face Elms at 5 p.m.