Second-Half Surge Leads to 80-75 Loss for Wildcats

Second-Half Surge Leads to 80-75 Loss for Wildcats

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2019)
-- Webber International (7-10, 2-7 TSC) outscored the Wildcats, 47-27, in the second half as the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's basketball team (5-12, 2-7 TSC) fell to the Warriors, 80-75, on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats held a 48-33 lead heading into halftime, shooting 50.0 percent from the floor (18-of-36) while holding the Warriors to just 28.2 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes of action (11-of-39). However, WIU cut the JWU lead to 57-41 following a third quarter that saw the Wildcats score just nine points. A 29-point fourth quarter gave Webber International the five-point victory.

Sophomore Tianna Ayulo led all Wildcats with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor. The native of Hollywood, Florida, also grabbed 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Ayulo was also tied for the team lead in assists (4) with senior JoNae Gonzales-Smith, who added 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting. The native of Richmond, California, led the contest with four steals. Senior Priscilla Fernandez notched a career-high 12 points, hitting on 4-of-5 attempts from 3-point range.

JWU ended the contest, shooting 42.6 percent from the floor (29-of-68) and was 8-of-21 from downtown (38.1 percent). WIU finished the afternoon, shooting 36.5 percent from the floor (27-of-74) and was 7-of-22 from 3-point range (31.8 percent). A big factor in the game was the charity stripe where the Warriors were 19-of25 (76.0 percent) and the Wildcats were 9-of-15 (60.0 percent).

JWU committed 20 turnovers that resulted in 20 points for the Warriors.

The Wildcats will host the Thomas Night Hawks on Thursday, January 17. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.