Women’s Basketball Declaws Lady Tigers, 97-54, in 2017-18 Home Opener

Women’s Basketball Declaws Lady Tigers, 97-54, in 2017-18 Home Opener

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2017) – Scoring nearly 100 points for the second-straight game, the Johnson & Wales women's basketball team (3-0) handed Voorhees College (S.C) (0-2) a 43-point loss to improve to 3-0 on the year on Wednesday evening.

Four Lady Wildcats scored in double-figures as JWU defeated Voorhees College, 97-54, in front of a packed house at the Wildcat Center.

"Having our student-body come out here and support us was a great thing and I really think that gave energy to the girls," Head Coach Kymberly Hope said. "They came out and played extremely well, offensively. I was really happy that we had four players in score in double-figures. We had a really good week of practice and that led us into tonight's home opener."

Diamond Williams led all Lady Wildcats with 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the floor. Also reaching the 20-point plateau were Tianna Ayulo (22 points) and JoNae Gonzales (20 points), while Bevin Mays posted 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Ayulo registered her second double-double of the season collected a game-high 11 boards.

"Tianna is playing awesome," Coach Hope said. "She is a product of Hollywood, Florida, which is where I am from and it is always good to see someone from the area do good things. I see her doing really special things here at Johnson & Wales."

Williams, who recorded her third-straight 20-point game, also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds and dished out season-best four assists.   

"Diamond has been consistent," Coach Hope said. "That is something that we see from her year-in and year-out. She works hard. She was a first-team, all-conference selection last year and knows that she will have a bullseye on her back. With that said, she's up to the challenge and has done some really good things so far this season. "

Gonzales recorded a season-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. The native of Piedmont, California, drained a game-high five treys, shooting 62.5 percent from beyond the arc. Mays tallied a season-high 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field. The junior also registered a season-best eight rebounds.

JWU trailed for only 3:11 seconds of the game, early on. But, held the Lady Tigers to 36.4 percent shooting in the first quarter to take a 29-14 lead after 10 minutes of action. The Lady Wildcats put the game out of reach in the second quarter, 52-21, after limiting Voorhees College to 1-of-14 shooting (.071 percent).

The second half mirrored much of the first, with Voorhees making a push late in the game. The Lady Tigers had their best quarter in the fourth, scoring 21 points with the game well in hand.

JWU shot 44.4 percent from the floor (32-of-72) and was 40.7 percent from 3-point range (11-of-27). The Lady Wildcats held a 54-35 edge on the glass and forced 21 Lady Tiger turnovers (resulting in 28 JWU points). Voorhees College finished the night shooting 31.5 percent from the field (17-of-54) and 30.4 percent from downtown (7-of-23). Voorhees College struggled from the charity stripe, missing 17 attempts, while JWU made 22-of-30 attempts (73.3 percent).

The JWU bench contributed 32 points versus the Lady Tigers and was a big part in the 40-point win.  

"What is really encouraging is the production of our bench, Coach Hope said. "We had some players come off the bench tonight and give our team some quality minutes. Andrea Ferbee came in and played some really good defense while grabbing some boards. When you are able to have your bench come in and give your team quality minutes, it's a real bright spot. "

JWU will hit the road and travel to Lake Wales, Florida, for the Lady Royal Classic this weekend. The Lady Wildcats will take on Valley City State on Friday, Nov. 3. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m.