Late Free Throws Hand Wildcats 69-65 loss to Doane

Late Free Throws Hand Wildcats 69-65 loss to Doane

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2018)
– With the game tied 65-65, four made free throws in the final 1:09 made by the Doane Tigers (3-13) led to a 69-65 loss for the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) (3-11) women's basketball team on Thursday night.   

JWU, which trailed by 50-39 late in the third, rattled off 11-straight points to draw even with 7:40 left the play in the game. Following the bucket by sophomore Tianna Ayulo to tie the game at 50-all, both the Wildcats and Tigers exchanged buckets in a back-and-forth affair that saw five lead changes and four tied scores before Doane took the final lead of the game from the charity stripe.

Leading the Wildcats in scoring was Ayulo, who registered 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor and 8-of-11 shooting from the free-throw line. The native of Hollywood, Florida, also tallied three assists and two steals. The 20-point outing was the eighth of the season for Ayulo. Sophomore Alexis McClain recorded her fifth double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. The product of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, also notched a game-high three blocked shots. Freshman Jordan McDuffie added 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting to go along with four assists before fouling out of the contest.

For the game, JWU shot 44.2 percent from the floor (23-of-52) and converted 4-of-17 shots from 3-point range (23.5 percent). Doane made 41.0 percent of its shots from the floor (25-of-61) and shot 41.7 percent from downtown (10-of-24). The big difference was from the free-throw line where the Tigers were a perfect 9-of-9 while the Wildcats missed seven of their 22 total attempts (68.2 percent).

The Tigers outrebounded the Wildcats 39-29 and held a 13-6 edge on the offensive glass. Doane turned 15 JWU turnover in 14 points.

The Wildcats will return to Sun Conference action on Saturday, January 5, as they host the Keiser Seahawks. Game time from the Wildcat Center is set for 2:00 p.m.