PROVIDENCE, RI – Stout defense by visiting Regis College was too much for the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team to overcome on Wednesday. The Wildcats fell 64-37 to the Pride.
Regis: 7-8, 1-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 9-7, 1-1 GNAC
Tiondra Hands (JWU): 10 points
Pam Gonzalez (RC): 20 points, 9 rebounds
Katryna Veasey (RC): 12 points, 12 rebounds
Both teams struggled offensively in the opening quarter with neither team scoring until the 5:54 mark on a Pam Gonzalez three-pointer.
Regis built a 10-point lead (21-11) on a Nikkie Bitinaitis three-ball midway through the second quarter. A Tiondra Hands layup with 1:58 cut the lead to 23-18 with the Pride taking a 25-18 advantage into the half.
Hands made a layup midway through the third quarter to pull JWU within 33-26, but Regis held the Wildcats to only one basket over the next four minutes and the visitors built a 43-28 advantage on another Gonzalez three-pointer.
Regis' defense caused problems for the Wildcats all evening as the hosts shot 25 percent from the floor and 0-of-11 from three-point range. The Pride also converted 16 JWU turnovers into 20 points.
Gonzalez led all players with 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Taylor Iorfino and Katryna Veasey followed with 12 points each.
Johnson & Wales is on the road Saturday to take on Saint Joseph's College of Maine at 1 p.m.