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THOMASVILLE, Ga. (February 7, 2020) – The (rv) Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's basketball team (17-7, 11-5 TSC) punched its ticket to the Sun Conference Tournament as a Top-4 seed with a 71-59 victory over the Thomas Night Hawks (3-17, 1-15 TSC) on Monday afternoon.
The game was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 6, but was rescheduled for Monday after being canceled due to inclement weather in the area.
With the win, JWU (currently third in the TSC Standings) has clinched no worse than fourth in this year's tournament and will host the school's first-ever post-season game next Tuesday.
Three Wildcats scored in double-figures led by junior Tianna Ayulo, who notched 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor. The native of Hollywood, Florida, grabbed six rebounds, registered three assists and posted four steals.
Also scoring in double-figures were also sophomore Jordan McDuffie (16), and freshman Shykim Gillion (12). McDuffie shot 7-of-17 from the floor and notched four rebounds and three steals. Gillion was 5-of-13 from the field with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Leading JWU in rebounding was junior Chrystal Pressley, who grabbed a game-high 10 boards.
JWU ended the day shooting 40.8 percent from the floor (29-of-71) and was 6-of-20 from 3-point range (30.0 percent). TU made 24-of-60 from the field (40.0 percent) and converted 36.8 percent of its shots from downtown (7-of-19). The Wildcats out-rebounded the Night Hawks, 46-38, including a 17-11 edge on the offensive glass.
JWU will host the St. Thomas Bobcats on Thursday, February 20. Game time is set for 6:00 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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