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LAKELAND, Fla. (February 28, 2020) – Out-scoring the Mariners 39-19 in the final 14 minutes of the game, the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's basketball team (21-7) earned its first berth in the Sun Conference Finals with a 78-63 win over No. 2-seeded Coastal Georgia (22-7) on Friday afternoon.
The game which started with a 14-0 run by the Wildcats, was tied six ties and saw four lead changes.
JWU which held a 20-14 lead after one quarter, struggled in the second, scoring just nine points. The result gave the Wildcats a six-point deficit heading into halftime. In the third neither team had total control of the contest until JWU began its 39-19 run with just a little more than four minutes left in the stanza to close out the game.
JWU was led by First-Team All-Sun Conference honoree Tianna Ayulo, who posted a game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. The native of Hollywood, Florida, shot 11-of-18 from the floor to go along with three assists and three steals. Senior Lexie Jackson added 14 points and registered six rebounds while Second-Team All-TSC selection Shykim Gillion notched 12 points and grabbed seven boards versus the Mariners. The native of Delray Beach, Florida, also dished out a team-high four assists and tallied three steals.
The Wildcats ended the game shooting 45.1 percent from the floor (32-of-71) and was 6-of-23 from 3-point range (26.1 percent). CCG was 25-of-69 from the field (36.2 percent) and converted on 23.1 percent of its attempts from downtown (3-of-13). The Wildcats held a 48-40 edge in rebounding and a 24-22 advantage of the offensive glass.
With the win, JWU will turn its attention to the TSC Finals on Saturday, February 29, versus the winner of the Southeastern-Webber International contest. Game time for this year's championship game is set for 5:00 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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