Wildcats Claim Convincing 81-61 Win Over #17 MACU

Wildcats Claim Convincing 81-61 Win Over #17 MACU

Charlotte, N.C. - Ineesha Hankerson posted a game high 21 points and 14 rebounds as the USCAA #3 Johnson & Wales women's basketball team won 81-61 over visiting USCAA #17 Mid-Atlantic Christian University on Friday at the Wildcat Center.

Hankerson finished 8-of-13 from the field for the Wildcats (7-2), who led by as many as 34 midway through the fourth quarter.

Vanderia Shackleford and Chase Muhammad each scored 13 points for Johnson & Wales.  Jaquana Pauling added 10 points.

The Wildcats employed the press to great effect on the night, forcing Mid-Atlantic Christian into 28 turnovers and claiming a 30-10 advantage in points off tunovers.

The Mustangs hung tight throughout the opening ten minutes, trailing by just one point until a three-pointer by Johnson & Wales freshman Christine Eppler with eight seconds remaining in the first quarter.  That basket set off a 16-2 run for the Wildcats, with Mid-Atlantic Christian not recording another field goal until an Aleah McNeal layup with 3:53 left in the half.

Johnson & Wales went on to outscore the visitors 22-10 in the second quarter and led by double digits the rest of the way.

McNeal led the Mustangs with 15 points on the night while Talethia Alexander came off the bench to score 13 points.

Johnson & Wales will resume play on Wednesday when the team travels to Belmont, N.C., to play NCAA Division II opponent Belmont Abbey College.  Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.