Wildcats Off to Best Start in Program History with 78-74 Win Over Coastal Georgia

Wildcats Off to Best Start in Program History with 78-74 Win Over Coastal Georgia

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (December 5, 2019)
– Led by a career-high 23 points by freshman Shykim Gillion, the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's basketball team (6-0, 3-0 TSC) defeated the Coastal Georgia Mariners (6-5, 2-2 TSC), 78-74, on Thursday evening. The win marked the sixth-straight win to start the season for the Wildcats - the first time a JWU has done that in program history.

Gillion posted 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor and was 3-of-6 from the free-throw line. The native of Delray Beach, Florida, also grabbed seven rebounds versus the Mariners.

Sophomore Jordan McDuffie added 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the floor and 5-of-11 shooting from the charity stripe while dishing out three assists and record two steals. Shikal Gillion notched 14 points with four assists and a career-high eight steals.

Junior Tianna Ayulo registered her second double-double of the season notching 12 points and tallying a team-best 10 rebounds. The native of Hollywood, Florida, also led JWU with five assists.

JWU finished the night shooting 28-of-61 from the floor (45.9 percent) and converted 21.4 percent from 3-point range (3-of-14). CCG shot 44.3 percent from the floor (27-of-61) and was 1-of-11 (9.1 percent) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Mariners, 42-36.

JWU will host the Thomas Night Hawks on Saturday, December 7. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.

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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138).

About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.


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