A Season-in-Review: 2019-20 JWU Women’s Basketball

A Season-in-Review: 2019-20 JWU Women’s Basketball

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (May 11, 2020) – The 2019-2020 school year was shortened due to the COVID-19 Pandemic so we've decided to take a look back at this year and highlight the tremendous things our teams and student-athletes accomplished.  

Today we look at the JWU women's basketball team. The 2019-20 campaign was one for the ages as the Wildcats claimed the program's first Sun Conference title and the school's first berth into the NAIA National Tournament. The 2019-20 season was a year that saw the Wildcats reach the 20-win plateau, win a school-record 13 TSC games, and appear in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll – each of which had never been done before.   

Overall Record: 22-7
Conference Record: 13-5
Conference Finish: 3rd
Conference Tournament: W, 71-63 vs. Webber International (TSC Championship) 

2019-20 Statsitics (PDF l HTML l DakStats)

Key Wins:

10/18/19 – Virgin Islands (78-55) – First win of the season (recap)

11/16/19 – at Warner (64-52) – JWU wins Sun Conference opener (recap)

12/5/19 – Coastal Georgia (78-74) – Wildcats off to 6-0 start; Best in program history (recap)

12/16/19 – Cumberland (Tenn.) (71-67) – Late put-back by Chrystal Pressley guides JWU to eighth-straight victory (recap)

12/20/19 – vs. SUNY-Poly (73-65) – Wildcats top SUNY-Poly in Cruzin' Classic (recap)

12/29/19 – (25) Lawrence Tech (73-57) – Wildcats knock off 25th-ranked Blue Devils (recap)

1/11/20 – at Ave Maria (81-77 OT) – JWU downs Gyrenes in overtime (recap)

1/18/20 – at St. Thomas (80-76) – Tianna Ayulo and Shykim Gillion combined for 54 points in Wildcat's third-straight TSC win (recap)

1/25/20 – at Keiser (80-70) – Wildcats record school-record 14th win (recap)

2/13/20 – Ave Maria (76-63) – JWU completes season sweep of Ave Maria (recap)

2/20/20 – St. Thomas (75-58) – Wildcats win on Senior Night (recap)

2/25/20 – Ave Maria (73-61) – Win number 20; Wildcat advance to TSC Semifinals (recap)

2/28/20 – vs. Coastal Georgia (78-63) – JWU advances to TSC Finals for the first time in school history (recap)

2/29/20 – vs. Webber International (71-63) – JWU wins Sun Conference Championship (recap)


Key Moments:

- JWU sets school record for wins in a season (22)

- JWU's 13 league victories were the most in school history

- JWU appeared in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll (Jan. 15 & Feb. 5) for the first time in program history (receiving votes)

- Wildcats finished No. 2 in the conference and No. 43 in the nation in scoring offense (71.2 ppg)

- Wildcats finished No. 2 in the conference and No. 9 in the nation in rebounding (45.2 rpg)

- Wildcats finished No. 1 in the conference and No. 2 in the nation in offensive rebounds-per-game (19.9)

- Tianna Ayulo finished No. 2 in the conference in scoring and No. 14 in the nation in scoring (18.7 ppg)

- Ayulo earned NAIA All-America and WBCA NAIA All-America honors in 2019-20 (3/19/20)

- Ayulo ends season with a school-record 542 points (just 30 points shy of becoming the school's all-time leading scorer – Diamond Williams – 1,595)

- Ayulo becomes the first Wildcat to earn Sun Conference Player of the Week recognition three times in one season

- Wildcats draw Hastings (Neb.) in Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament (3/5/20)

- Wildcats claims school's first Sun Conference women's basketball title (2/29/20)

- JWU out-scores Coastal Georgia 39-19 in final 14 minutes of action to advance to program's first TSC Finals appearance (2/28/20)

- Three Wildcats Earn All-Sun Conference honors (2/27/20)

- Wildcats host first TSC tournament game is school history; win 73-61 (2/25/20)

- Using a 22-8 fourth quarter, JWU closes out regular season with 19th win of the year (2/22/20)

- Wildcats top St. Thomas on Senior Night (2/20/20)

- JWU clinches Top-4 spot in the TSC Tournament with a 71-59 win at Thomas (2/17/20)

- Ayulo earns third TSC Player of the Week honor (1/27/20)

- Ayulo scores 30 as JWU sets then-school record in wins with 14 (1/25/20)

- After leading the Wildcats to their first appearance in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll, Ayulo claims second TSC POW honor (1/20/20)

- Upset bid of No. 9 Taylor falls short, 78-75 (12/31/19)

- JWU knocks off No. 25 Lawrence Tech becoming first Wildcat team to reach 10 wins before the New Year (12/29/19)

- Chrystal Pressley scores with 18 seconds left to lead JWU to program's first 8-0 start (12/16/19)

- Shykim Gillion's 23 points guides JWU to its then-best start in school history (6-0) (12/5/19)

- Wildcats claim first conference win of the season (11/16/19)

- Averaging 19.5 points-per-game and 8.0 rebounds-per-contest, Ayulo claims first TSC POW honor of 2019-20 (11/11/19)

- Wildcats pick up first win of the year in season-opener (10/18/19)


Award Winners:

NAIA All-American
Tianna Ayulo – Honorable Mention

WBCA NAIA All-American
Tianna Ayulo – Honorable Mention

Sun Conference Tournament MVP
Tianna Ayulo

Sun Conference All-Tournament Team
Tianna Ayulo
Lexie Jackson

All-Sun Conference
Tianna Ayulo – First Team
Shykim Gillion – Second Team
Jordan McDuffie – Second Team

Sun Conference All-Academic
Lexie Jackson
Ayshia Scott

TSC Players of the Week
Tianna Ayulo – 11/11, 1/20, 1/27


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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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