PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team dug a first-quarter hole that the Wildcats could not get out of the rest of the game. The Wildcats lost 69-37 on Wednesday to crosstown rival Rhode Island College.
Rhode Island College: 9-1
Johnson & Wales: 7-4
Johnson & Wales did not score until midway through the first quarter. By the time Tara Murphy knocked down a free throw, the Anchorwomen had established a 15-0 lead. RIC took a 41-19 advantage in the locker room and would only expand that margin in the second half as they held JWU to just two points in the third quarter.
No Wildcat reached double figures with Marissa Cottrell producing a team-high eight points off the bench. Tiondra Hands and Murphy kicked in seven points each. First-year Mia James pulled in nine rebounds.
JWU was limited to 21.9 percent (14-of-64) from the floor and only hit a trio of three pointers. RIC had a sizeable advantage on the boards, holding a 61-36 rebounding margin.
Johnson & Wales is off until after the New Year when it comes back to host Eastern Connecticut State at 6 p.m. on January 2.