Columbia, SC -- After sweeping a doubleheader at Mid-Atlantic Christian University last weekend, both Johnson & Wales basketball teams headed to Columbia to take on Columbia International University's teams in another doubleheader Thursday evening. Both teams came away with a victory again, with the men's team continuing their hot streak and winning their sixth game out of their last seven and the women's team winning their fourth game out of their last five.
The women's game was a defensive battle with both teams holding each other to limited shooting. The Wildcats held a ten-point lead at halftime and nearly maintained that margin throughout the second half, winning by eight points by a score of 50-42. JWU showed a huge improvement at the free throw line by going 11-12, or 91.7%, as a team. The Lady Wildcats were led by Justina Tyler and Vanderia Shackleford, who each played the entire game, with 12 and 14 points respectively. Jaquana Pauling continued her strong play with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds. JWU is now 7-12 on the season and hosts USCAA opponent Barber-Scotia College on Monday night at the Student Center. Game time is 6:00 PM.
The men's team took a big lead and coasted to a 88-71 victory over the Rams. Up by nineteen points at halftime, the Wildcats pushed the margin to as much as thirty points with 11:28 to play. The Wildcats held off a late surge by Columbia International to earn their latest win. JWU had five players in double figures in scoring with Tramain Parker leading the way with 21 points. DeQuincey Bennett (16), Joshua Cohen (15), and Rickey Porter (13) had good outings for the Wildcats, and Nick Crawford posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. After an adjustment to a game earlier in the season, the Wildcats are now 13-9 and look to move up from #8 in the USCAA Division II Coaches Poll. Next up for JWU is Belmont Abbey College on Saturday. The Wildcats will travel to Belmont, NC for a 7:30 PM tip-off.