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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (January 18, 2020) – Senior Tianna Ayulo and freshman Shykim Gillion combined for 54 points to lead the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's basketball team (13-4, 7-2 TSC) to its third-straight win with an 80-76 victory over the St. Thomas Bobcats (7-12, 4-5 TSC) in Miami Gardens on Saturday afternoon.
Ayulo scored a season-high 31 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field. The native of Hollywood, Florida, was also 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. Ayulo grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the 2019-2020 season. She also recorded three assists, four steals, and two blocked shots.
Gillion notched a career-high-tying 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor and 3-of-6 shooting from the charity stripe. The product of Delray Beach, Florida, registered seven boards and three steals versus the Bobcats.
Including Ayulo and Gillion, JWU had five players notched five-or-more rebounds in the contest (Lexie Jackson – 7; Chrystal Pressley – 7; Alexis McClain – 5) as the Wildcats out-rebounded the Bobcats, 48-26. Posting 25 second chance points in the game, JWU held a 23-5 edge on the offensive glass led by Ayulo, who had seven.
For the game, JWU shot 42.7 percent from the floor (32-of-75) and was 5-of-11 from 3-point range (45.5 percent). STU shot 28-of-61 from the field (45.9 percent) and converted 27.8 percent of its shots from downtown (5-of-18).
JWU will return to action on Saturday, January 25, taking on the Keiser Seahawks. Game time from West Palm Beach, Florida, 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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