WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team recovered from a bad fourth quarter to defeat the University of Saint Joseph. The Wildcats downed the Blue Jays, 63-55, in overtime on Tuesday.
Saint Joseph (Conn.): 8-9, 0-3 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 10-8, 2-2 GNAC
Deanna De La Cruz made a layup with 6:39 left in the first half to put the Blue Jays up, 21-16. Four different players scored during a 9-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 25-23 halftime advantage.
The Wildcats returned the favor in the fourth quarter as they went up 47-40 on a Britney Gallagher free throw with 6:17 to go. Tiana Asberry's three-point play tied the game at 49-49 with just 38 seconds left. Neither team could execute a last-second shot, sending the game to overtime.
In overtime, Maddy Moro broke a 53-53 tie with 1:58 remaining and started a 6-0 run that helped the Wildcats put the game away. The senior posted a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double.
JWU got 62 of its 63 points from its starters. Leading all scorers was guard Tiondra Hands with 22 points, including nine in the extra frame. Gallagher added 12 points.
The JWU defense held USJ to just 33.3 percent shooting while hitting at a 41.7 percent clip themselves, including 50 percent in overtime.
The Wildcats made more free throws (16-of-26) than the Blue Jays took (6-of-13).
Johnson & Wales travels to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday to take on the Chargers at 1 p.m.