Slow Start Leads to 63-56 loss for JWU versus Florida Memorial

Slow Start Leads to 63-56 loss for JWU versus Florida Memorial

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2017) – The Johnson & Wales women's basketball team (4-7, 0-5 TSC) battled back from a slow start (out-scored 24-3 in the first quarter) and 26-point deficit but could not top the Florida Memorial Lions (6-5, 2-2 TSC), falling in Sun Conference action, 63-56, on Thursday evening.

A 32-point third quarter got the Wildcats back in the game, cutting the Lion's lead to three (47-44) in the final seconds of the period. JWU got within one early in the fourth following a layup by Tianna Ayulo with 8:10 left in the game, but could not take the lead, dropping the team's fifth conference contest of the season.

Ayulo led all Wildcats with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. Ayulo also led JWU with eight rebounds. Diamond Williams added 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting to go along with four rebounds, two assists, and three steals. Leading the team in assists was JoNae Gonzales.

The Wildcats finished the night shooting 25.7 percent from the floor (19-of-74) and was 2-of-25 from 3-point range (8.0 percent). The Lions converted 42.1 percent of their shots from the field (24-of-57) and was 3-of-17 from downtown (17.6 percent). JWU used 25 FMU turnovers which resulted in 16 Wildcat points to get back in the game.

The Wildcats will travel to Miami Gardens to take on St. Thomas on Saturday, Dec. 9. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.