Upset Bid of No. 9 Taylor Falls Short, 78-75

Upset Bid of No. 9 Taylor Falls Short, 78-75

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (December 31, 2019)
– The Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's basketball team (10-2) nearly pulled off the biggest upset in program history, falling to the No. 9-ranked Taylor Trojans (15-0), 78-75, on Tuesday afternoon.

The Wildcats held a 75-74 lead with 1:19 left in the game but a pair free throws by TU's Abby Buchs gave the Trojans a 76-75 lead with 0:53 left on the clock. Despite having the ball with a chance to regain the lead, an offensive foul called on junior Alexis McClain gave the ball back the Taylor with 44 second on the game clock. After a TU layup by Jaime Netzley to extend its lead to 78-75, JWU called a timeout with 0:14 left on the clock. Out of the timeout, Wildcat forward Jordan McDuffie was unable to tie the game on a shot from the corner, resulting in the three-point loss.

Freshman Shikal Gillion led all Wildcats with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor and 2-of-2 shooting from the free-throw line. She was one of four Wildcats to reach double-figures in scoring (Shykim Gillion – 13; Tianna Ayulo – 17; McDuffie – 16).

Ayulo shot 7-of-16 from the floor and was 3-of-7 from long range for her 11th game of 10-or-more points this season. The native of Hollywood, Florida, grabbed five rebounds, dished out a team-high five assists, and record a team-high-tying four steals. Joining Ayulo in the team lead for steals was Shykim Gillion, who also dished out three assists to go along with her 13 points. McDuffie went 7-of-15 from the floor, including a pair of treys for the second-high offensive output for the native of White Plains, Maryland, this season.

JWU ended the afternoon, shooting 52.6 percent from the floor (30-of-57) and was 8-of-23 from 3-point range (34.8 percent). TU jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first quarter thank is part to its shooting from beyond the arc. The Trojans were 15-of-24 from downtown, including a clip of 76.9 percent (10-of-13) in the first 10 minutes of action. However, the Wildcats forced 20 TU turnovers, resulting in 28 points for the Wildcats to pull the contest even in the third quarter.

The Trojans held an advantage on the boards, out-rebounding the Wildcats, 29-19, in the game. JWU held a 30-16 edge in points in the paint while the Wildcat bench outscored the Trojan's, 21-10.

JWU will kick off the New Year, hosting Sun Conference foe Webber International on Saturday, January 4. 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


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