STANDISH, Maine – For three quarters, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team hung with defending GNAC Champion Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Unfortunately, the Monks found another gear in the final period and defeated the Wildcats, 70-53, on Saturday.
St. Joseph's (Me.): 10-6, 3-0 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 9-8, 1-2 GNAC
The Wildcats held the hosts to one basket in the final three minutes of the second quarter to take a 34-31 advantage into the locker room. JWU shot 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from the floor in the second stanza.
Johnson & Wales only trailed 51-47 going into the last frame, but the Wildcats were held to just one point for the first eight minutes of the quarter and that allowed the Monks to build a 64-48 advantage.
Carrying the offensive load for the Wildcats was senior Britney Gallagher as she poured in a career-high 28 points. Classmate Tiondra Hands was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 11 points. The duo accounted for 74 percent of the JWU offense.
The Wildcats continue their three-game road trip on Tuesday when they travel to Saint Joseph (Conn.) at 5 p.m.