LAKE WALES, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2018) – Holding the Royals to just 14.3 percent shooting from the floor in the fourth quarter, the Johnson and Wales women's basketball team (12-15, 8-10 TSC) won its fourth-straight contest with a 70-57 win over Warner on Saturday afternoon.
Holding a 50-49 lead after three quarters of play, JWU outscored Warner 20-8 in the final 10 minutes to come away with the team's eighth conference win of the year. The Wildcats used a strong fourth quarter from the line, converting 12-of-14 attempts at the charity stripe (85.7 percent).
Alexis McClain led all Wildcats in scoring with eight in the final quarter en route to a career-high 18 points. The Hollywood, Florida, product shot 6-of-9 from the floor and was 6-of-8 from the free-throw line while collecting a game-high nine rebounds. Diamond Williams added 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the floor and 8-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line. Tianna Ayulo rounded out the team's leading scorers with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor to go along with 3-of-4 attempts from the free-throw line. The first-year Wildcat record a game-high five steals. Williams and Ayulo also tallied a game-high four assists each.
JWU ended the game shooting 37.7 percent from the floor (20-of-53) and 6-of-21 from beyond the arc (28.6 percent). The Wildcats made the most of their time at the free-throw line, converting on 24-of-30 attempts (80.0 percent). Warner shot 33.3 percent from the field (19-of-57) and was 4-of-18 from downtown (22.2 percent). The Royals had a good afternoon from the free-throw line making 93.8 percent of their attempts (15-of-16).
JWU outrebounded Warner, 36-32, and held a 21-9 advantage in second-chance points.
Next up for the Wildcats will the quarterfinals of the 2018 Sun Conference Championships set for February 20.