PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A combination of stellar defense and proficient offense propelled the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team to its fourth win in a row. The Wildcats defeated Mount Holyoke College, 88-37, on Tuesday.
Mount Holyoke: 1-6
Johnson & Wales: 5-1
With the win, JWU is one victory short of last year's entire win total. The four-game winning streak is JWU's first since the 2017-18 campaign.
The Lyons hung with the Wildcats for the opening five minutes of the first quarter, but JWU finished the opening stanza on a flurry to take control of the game. Maddy Moro scored five points and Britney Gallagher knocked down a three-pointer to stake the Wildcats to a 21-6 advantage.
It was more of the same in the second quarter as the lead grew to over 30 for the first time on a 9-0 run that pushed the JWU margin to 43-12. JWU went into the locker room with a 49-17 advantage. The Wildcats limited the Lyons to 28 percent shooting while hitting at a 47.6 percent rate themselves. JWU also forced MHC into 16 turnovers.
The 51-point margin is the most by the Wildcats since they defeated Rivier, 91-39, on December 2, 2017. The 88 points are JWU's highest total since January 17, 2019 when it also hung 88 on the Raiders.
JWU played strong defense, particularly on the perimeter as the hosts did not surrender a three-point field goal. It's the first time a JWU opponent hasn't made a three-pointer in 60 games, dating back to February 21, 2017 when Rivier went 0-for-14.
Four different Wildcats reached double-digits, led by Tiondra Hands' team-high 15 points. JWU just missed a pair of double-doubles as Moro had 11 points and nine rebounds while Gallagher tossed in 13 points and handed out nine assists. Peyton Ryan came off the bench to score nine points.
More than half of Mount Holyoke's scoring came from Annika Brooks. She produced game highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year.
JWU is back at it Thursday when it hosts Pine Manor at 5:30 p.m.