Four Wildcats Score in Double-Figures as JWU Downs Florida Memorial, 85-79

Four Wildcats Score in Double-Figures as JWU Downs Florida Memorial, 85-79

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2019)
– Four Wildcats reached double-figures in scoring as the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's basketball team (7-16, 4-11 TSC) downed the Florida Memorial Lions (14-11, 7-7 TSC), 85-79, on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats used a strong fourth-quarter push, out-scoring FMU, 26-7, in the final stanza. In the final 10 minutes, JWU shot 53.8 percent from the floor, while holding the Lions to just 2-of-16 shooting en route to the six-point victory.

Sophomore Tianna Ayulo led the way, scoring a team-high 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the floor and 5-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line. Her 24 points moved the Hollywood, Florida, native to just nine points shy of 1,000 for her career. She also became the first player in JWU history to score 500-or-more points in a single season (502). Ayulo added a career-high 15 boards for her ninth double-double of the season to go along with a game-high six assists. Sophomore Alexis McClain notched her seventh double-double of the season, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. The native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was 8-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Senior JoNae Gonzales-Smith recorded 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, draining four treys in the process. The native of increased her team-leading 3-point total to 61. She also dished out four assists and grabbed six boards. Freshman Jordan McDuffie contributed 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. The native of White Plains, Maryland, hits some key free throws late in the game to seal the Wildcat victory.

JWU ended the game, shooting 46.9 percent from the floor (30-of-64) and hit 8-of-23 from 3-point range (34.8 percent). The Wildcats had a solid night from the line, making 17-of-22 free-throw attempts (77.3 percent). The Lions converted 34.6 percent of their shots from the floor (28-of-81) and was 8-of-32 from long range (25.0 percent).

The Wildcats held a decisive edge in rebounding, 54-40, despite FMU holding a 20-17 advantage on the offensive glass.

JWU will travel to West Palm Beach, Florida, to take on the Keiser Seahawks of Saturday, February 9. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.