Charlotte, NC - The JWU Women's Basketball Team took to the court for the first time in the 2018-19 season as they hosted EMAC opponent Clinton College. JWU, the reigning USCAA D2 national champion, fell to the Bears, 85-78.
The first quarter was closely contested, with neither team holding a lead greater than four points. At the end of the first, Clinton (1-0) held a 23-22 advantage. Clinton would stretch that lead to 12 points in the second quarter, but the Wildcats closed the gap to 47-41 by halftime.
Clinton came out firing in the third quarter, jumping to a 15 point lead half-way through the period. Again, JWU (0-1) fought back, trimming the lead down to 8 going into the fourth quarter. The Wildcats continued to battle, twice climbing back to within one point, but in the end couldn't quite catch the Golden Bears as the game finished 85-78.
Head Coach Jennifer King on the team's performance: "I thought we came out a little flat in both halves and you can't do that playing good teams. They were able to make more plays down the stretch. We have to continue to grow and get better as we move forward."
JWU was led by Kayla Rogers with 23 points, including 6 of 12 from the three point line. Rogers also contributed 4 steals. Chase Muhammad also added 20 points for the Wildcats. Ineesha Hankerson led the team with 8 rebounds and Bianca Covington chipped in 6 assists.
The Wildcats return to the court on Nov. 6 at North Carolina Central. That game is slated for a 5:30 PM tip-off.