Basketball Nipped by Johnson & Wales Saturday

Basketball Nipped by Johnson & Wales Saturday
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite a huge effort from senior Kayla Guest (Newington, Conn.), every time the visiting Univeristy of Saint Joseph Blue Jays made a run, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team responded. The Wildcats won their third game in a row, 71-65, over the Blue Jays on Saturday inside the Wildcat Center. Guest posted her second consecutive, and third double-double of the season after matching her career-high with 31 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds.
THE BASICS
Score: University of Saint Joseph - 65, Johnson & Wales - 71
Records: USJ (5-3, 1-1 GNAC), JWU (5-2, 2-0 GNAC)
Location: Providence, R.I. - Wildcat Center
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • The Blue Jays had an early lead, 3-2, after a Guest three, but the Wildcats answered and held USJ scoreless for two minutes and went on an 11-0 run to build a 13-3 advantage.
  • Britney Gallagher (New City, N.Y.) converted a three-point play to grow JWU's lead to as many as 16 (27-11) just before the end of the opening period.
  • The Blue Jays outscored the Wildcats, 19-14, in the second half, but the Wildcats took a 41-30 lead into the locker rooms at the halftime break.
  • Saint Joseph made another run at JWU in the third quarter, closing the lead to 43-39 on a Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, Conn.) free throw with 4:31 remaining.
  • The Blue Jays cut the JWU lead to four once again in the fourth quarter, 64-60, with two minutes left in the game, but the Wildcats made five free throws down the stretch to seal the victory, 71-65.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
  • Johnson & Wales' ability to control the boards was the difference in the game. Led by Ally Mishol's (Longmeadow, Mass.) game-high 11 boards, the Wildcats had a 57-45 rebounding advantage.
  • JWU hauled in 26 offensive rebounds, which led to 15 second-chance points.
  • Mishol was one of three Wildcats in double figures, tossing in a team-high 22 points for the double-double.
  • Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, R.I.) was next with 16 points while Gallagher chipped in 11.
  • Leading all players was USJ's Kayla Guest with a game-high 31 points. She also added 11 rebounds.
  • Freshman Raelynn Voislow (Windsor Locks, Conn.) followed with 12 points and chipped in with eight boards.
  • The Blue Jays did not take advantage of their opportunities at the free throw line, shooting just 13-of-25 (52.0%).
UP NEXT
The USJ basketball team returns to the court next on Tuesday, Dec. 12 on the road at Mount Holyoke. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. in the Blue Jays final game of 2017. Johnson & Wales is on the road Monday to take on UMass Dartmouth at 6 p.m.