Wildcats Unable to Overcome Rough Start in 80-72 Loss to Ave Maria

Wildcats Unable to Overcome Rough Start in 80-72 Loss to Ave Maria



NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2018) – Falling behind 10-0 to start the game, the Johnson &Wales women's basketball (8-13, 4-8 TSC) fell Ave Maria (16-5, 8-4 TSC), 80-72, on Thursday night.

The Wildcats committed four turnovers before recording their first shot attempt, falling behind in the first four minutes of the contest. Diamond Williams drained the team's first bucket with 6:08 left in the first to cut Ave Maria's lead to 10-2. The Gyrenes maintained their double-digit lead for the remainder of the quarter to take make the score 22-9 after 10 minutes of action. The Wildcats battled back in the second to trail Ave Maria by seven heading into halftime, 36-29.

The Wildcats came out of the break on fire, cutting the Gyrene lead to three, 40-37, following a layup by Alexis McClain with 5:57 on the clock. However, Ave Maria regained its double-digit lead after an 11-4 run. JWU could get no closer than seven points for the rest of the contest, dropping the team's eighth league game of the season.

Williams led JWU with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting and was 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Tianna Ayulo added 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting and led the team with seven rebounds. JoNae Gonzales poured in 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting while posting a team-high five assists. Rounding out the team's leading scorers was Bevin Mays, who scored 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the floor and 4-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line.

JWU connected on 28-of-64 shooting from the floor (43.8 percent) and was 2-of-14 from 3-point range (14.3 percent). AMU made 32-of-70 shots from the field (45.7 percent) and also made just two treys, going 2-of-10 from downtown (20.0 percent). The Gyrenes held a 44-33 advantage on the glass, out-scoring JWU 17-6 in second-chance points.

The Wildcats will next travel to Lakeland, Florida, to face the Southeastern Fire on Saturday, Jan. 27. Tipoff is slated for 5:00 p.m.