CHICOPEE, Mass. – The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team squandered a second half lead, but rallied in overtime to beat Elms College on Tuesday. The Wildcats outscored the Blazers, 15-9, in the extra frame for the 64-58 decision.
Johnson & Wales: 4-1
The Wildcats got out to a blazing start as they had a 15-4 advantage after the opening quarter. JWU did a lot of its damage at the free throw line, going 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. The JWU defense was on lockdown, allowing the Blazers to shoot only five percent.
A Britney Gallagher layup midway through the third quarter put the Wildcats ahead, 33-18. Unfortunately, the Wildcats went cold on the offensive end and allowed Elms to pull even at 41-41 with 3:47 left to play.
Elms could have iced the game in the final minute, but it couldn't convert its free throws. Regina LeBlanc missed her second free throw with 10 seconds remaining and Tiondra Hands raced down the floor to make the tying layup with a second left on the clock.
The Blazers took an early lead in the extra frame, but JWU swung the lead its way for good with an 8-0 run that was capped by two Tera-nay Lee baskets. JWU was able to seal the victory by making 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 20 seconds.
JWU got 94 percent of its scoring from the starters as all five had nine or more points, led by Maddy Moro's 19. She added 16 points for the double-double. Lee just missed the double dip with nine points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats are back at home Tuesday to face Mount Holyoke at 7 p.m.