Wildcats Fall to No. 5 Southeastern, 109-74

Wildcats Fall to No. 5 Southeastern, 109-74

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2019)
– The Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's basketball team (6-15, 3-10 TSC) fell to the No. 5-ranked Southeastern Fire (20-2, 13-0 TSC), 109-74, on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Tianna Ayulo led all Wildcats with 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the floor. It marked the 15th time this season the native of Hollywood, Florida, recorded 20-or-more points in a contest. She also registered five assists and four rebounds. Senior JoNae Gonzales-Smith poured in 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor (with all five made buckets from beyond the arc). The native of Richmond, California, led the team with seven rebounds while dishing out a team-best eight assists. The eight assists were a season-high for the second-year Wildcat. Freshman Carol Hadnot tied Gonzales-Smith for the team lead in rebounds, grabbing seven in the game. The JWU guard scored eight points in 23 minutes of action.

Freshman Jordan McDuffie added 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. The product of White Plains, Maryland, made three treys on four attempts for her ninth game in double-figures this season. Junior Lexie Jackson corralled six rebounds and scored eight points in her fourth start of the 2018-19 season.

JWU ended the afternoon shooting 44.1 percent from the floor (26-of-59) while draining 13-of-26 shots from downtown (50.0 percent). The Wildcats converted 9-of-12 attempts from the free-throw line (75.0 percent). SEU finished the contest shooting 42-of-77 from the floor (54.5 percent) and made 34.8 percent of its attempts from 3-point range (8-of-23). The Fire drained 17-of-18 shots from the charity stripe (94.4 percent).

SEU outrebounded JWU, 35-34, and held a slight edge on the offensive glass, 12-10. The Fire forced 25 Wildcat turnovers that resulted in 40 points for SEU.

JWU will travel to Miami Gardens, Florida, to take on St. Thomas on Thursday, January 31. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m.