STANDISH, Maine – A valiant fourth-quarter effort was not enough to advance the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team in the GNAC Tournament on Tuesday. The seventh-seeded Wildcats lost, 59-54, to the No. 3 seed Saint Joseph's College of Maine.
Saint Joseph's: 19-8
Johnson & Wales: 13-13
Johnson & Wales was down by as many as 16 in the third quarter and trailed 47-33 going into the final period.
The Wildcats outscored the Monks, 19-7, to start the final period and pulled within 54-52 on a Tera-nay Lee jumper with 2:33 left in the game.
SJC's Alyson Fillion made one of two free throws with four seconds remaining to put the hosts up, 57-54. Unfortunately, Britney Gallagher's tying attempt came up short and Fillion sealed the victory with two free throws.
The Monks took a nine-point advantage at the end of the first period and led by eight midway through the second quarter on a Bri Jordan free throw.
Johnson & Wales trimmed the lead the rest of the first half and pulled within, 28-26, on a Lee layup in the waning seconds.
JWU's 13 wins are more than double last year's total.