Wildcats Capture 75-58 Win over St. Thomas on Senior Night

Wildcats Capture 75-58 Win over St. Thomas on Senior Night

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (February 20, 2020)
– Led by Tianna Ayulo's 26 points, the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's basketball team (18-7, 12-5 TSC) defeated the St. Thomas Bobcats (10-17, 7-10 TSC), 75-58, during senior night on Thursday.

Prior to the contest, JWU honored its senior class (Maxine Samuel, Amber Barber, and Lexie Jackson).

The win clinches the No. 3 seed a home game for JWU on Tuesday, February 25, in the upcoming Sun Conference Women's Basketball Championships.

The Wildcats outscored the Bobcats 26-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the team's school-record 18th victory of the year.

Ayulo notched her 10th 20-point outing of the year, shooting 10-of-21 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. The native of Hollywood, Florida, also grabbed a team-high-tying nine boards, and dished out a team-high five assists.

Joining Ayulo for the team lead in rebounding were freshman Shikal Gillion and junior Chrystal Pressley. Gillion registered a game-high six steals to go along with eight points. Pressley notched six points and had two assists.

Sophomore Jordan McDuffie added 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting. The native of White Plains, Maryland, tallied four steals versus STU.

JWU ended the game shooting 41.7 percent from the floor (30-of-72) and was 7-of-23 from 3-point land (30.4 percent). STU made 22-of-58 attempts from the field (37.9 percent) and shot 37.5 percent from downtown. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Bobcats, 50-32, and held an 18-7 edge on the offensive glass.

The Wildcats will travel to Miami Gardens, Florida, to close out the regular season at Florida Memorial. 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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