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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2019) – Led by senior JoNae Gonzales-Smith's game-high 31 points, the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's basketball team (8-16, 5-11 TSC) defeated the Keiser Seahawks (12-15, 6-10 TC), 86-69, on Saturday afternoon. The win gave the Wildcats the season series sweep of the Seahawks and kept JWU alive in the chase for the final Sun Conference playoff spot.
In a game which the Wildcats never trailed, Gonzales-Smith shot 12-of-21 from the floor and was 7-of-14 from 3-point range for her fourth 30-point game of the season. The native of Richmond, California, added six rebounds and two assists on the afternoon. Saturday marked her seventh game with five-or-more 3-point buckets this year as the second-year Wildcat leads the team with 68 treys (entered the game ranked No. 5 in the conference with 2.65 3-pointers made-per-game).
Freshman Jordan McDuffie registered the first 20-point game of her career, scoring 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting versus the Seahawks. The native of White Plains, Maryland, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.
Sophomore Tianna Ayulo added 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting with a team-high nine rebounds, a game-high five assists, and a contest-best four steals. The native of Hollywood, Florida, became the fourth player in JWU women's basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career, finishing the game with 1,005. Ayulo notched her 1,000th point following a made layup at the 4:08 mark in the third quarter. Currently the league's leading scorer (21.5 points-per-game), Ayulo is the first player in JWU history to notch 500-or-more points in a single season (516).
Sophomore Alexis McClain rounded out the team's top scorers, pouring in 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting while tallying six boards.
For the game, JWU shot 51.4 percent from the floor (36-of-70) and was 9-of-26 from downtown (34.6 percent). KU shot 43.5 percent from the floor (30-of-69) and hit on just 3-of-13 attempts from beyond the arc (23.1 percent). The Wildcats held a slight edge in rebounding (38-37) with both teams grabbing 15 offensive boards apiece.
JWU will travel to Babson Park, Florida, to take on the Webber International Warriors on Thursday, February 14. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.