Wildcats Advance to Sun Conference Semifinals with 73-61 Win over Ave Maria

Wildcats Advance to Sun Conference Semifinals with 73-61 Win over Ave Maria

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (February 25, 2020)
– For the first time in school history the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's basketball team (20-7) reached the 20-win plateau with a 73-61 win over Ave Maria (15-14) in the Sun Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday.

With the win, JWU advances to the TSC Semifinals for just the second time in program history to face the Coastal Georgia Mariners on Friday.

Junior Tianna Ayulo led all Wildcats with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 shooting from the free-throw line. The 20-point outing was the 11th of the season for the native of Hollywood, Florida. Ayulo grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and dished out a game-high seven assists versus the Gyrenes.

Also scoring in double-figures were freshman sisters Shikal (16) and Shykim (10) Gillion. Shikal shot 7-of-15 from the floor while Shykim went 4-of-11 form the floor. Both added two points form the charity stripe.  

Junior Chrystal Pressley recorded seven boards, including four on the offensive glass as the Wildcats held a 17-10 edge on the offensive boards.

JWU ended the game shooting 42.2 percent from the floor (27-of-64) and converted 2-of-12 attempts from 3-point range (16.7 percent). AMU went 22-of-51 from the floor (43.1 percent) and shot 25.0 percent from downtown (4-of-16).

JWU held a 25-5 edge in fast break points and forced 19 Gyrene turnovers, resulting in 21 points for the Wildcats.

The No. 3 seeded Wildcats will take on the No. 2-seeded Mariners on Friday, February 28. Game time from the Furnace in Lakeland, Florida, is set for 1:00 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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