Misenheimer, NC - The Johnson & Wales Charlotte Women's Basketball team took on the Falcons of Pfeiffer University on Tuesday. Starting the game with only seven available players due to injuries and finishing the game with four remaining players, the Wildcats pulled off the road win 78-75.
The Wildcats took control early as they raced to a 21-2 lead to begin the game, ending the first quarter with a 23-7 advantage. The Falcons closed the gap to five points in the second quarter, but JWU held a 41-33 lead going into halftime.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 20 points in the third quarter, but Pfeiffer slowly climbed back into the game as three JWU players fouled out in the fourth. The Falcons closed the gap to 76-75 with four seconds remaining on an A'Mya McClain three. Pfeiffer would foul JWU's Jada Morgan with two seconds left, and Morgan's clutch free throws iced the game and gave the Wildcats the hard fought three point victory.
JWU shot 43.8% from the field while holding the Falcons to 32.5%. The Wildcats also outrebounded Pfeiffer 54-46. Despite losing the turnover battle 23-17, JWU outscored their opponent 20-13 in points off turnovers. The Wildcats also held the advantage in bench points 17-9. Justice Wallace led JWU with 24 points, a new career high, while also adding 9 rebounds. Morgan had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Jamyah Montissol also had 12 points. Christine Eppler led the team with 11 rebounds. Senior Ineesha Hankerson contributed another double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
"I'm very proud of our team's focus and commitment," said JWU Head Coach Ashley Raley-Ross. "We played incredibly hard and won together as one unit."
JWU moves to 3-1 hosts Brunswick Community College on November 15th at 7:00 pm for the "Salute to Service" game.