Charlotte, NC - The Johnson & Wales Charlotte Women's Basketball Team hosted Voorhees College on Thursday, falling to the Tigers 70-50.
The visiting Tigers raced out to a 10-3 lead early in the contest, but the Wildcats slowly chipped away, drawing within four points with a minute left in the first quarter. A 5-0 run to end the quarter gave Voorhees a 19-10 advantage entering the second period of play. The second quarter began with a 12-3 run from VC before the Wildcats went on an 8-1 run of their own, cutting the lead down to 33-21 entering halftime.
Both teams traded buckets in the third, and Jada Morgan drew the Wildcats within 11 points with a three-pointer with 5:27 to go. The Tigers answered with a 14-4 run to close the third. The homestanding Wildcats entered the fourth looking to close the gap and outscored their opponents 16-15 in the last period, but it wasn't enough as the game ended 70-50 in favor of Voorhees.
The Wildcats held VC to 37% shooting for the game, but only managed 27% themselves. The Tigers also won the rebounding battle 50-37, with 17 offensive rebounds leading to 16 second chance points. JWU shot 68% from the free throw line, outpacing their season average of 64%. Already holding opponents to 28% from three on the season, the Wildcats limited Voorhees to 19% on the evening.
The Wildcats, currently ranked #11 in the latest USCAA D2 Coaches Poll, move to 5-7 on the season. They return to action on January 14th when they host Virginia University of Lynchburg with a scheduled 7:00 pm tip-off.