Charlotte, NC - The JWU Women's Basketball Team hosted Virginia University of Lynchburg on Tuesday. In a game that featured 15 lead changes, the Wildcats connected on a program record 13 three pointers en route to a 71-59 victory.
The first quarter was back and forth, with 16-10 being VUL's largest lead of the quarter. The quarter ended 18-14 in favor of the Dragons. The Wildcats chipped away at the lead in the second, with Shannon Martin's three giving them a 23-22 advantage half-way through the period. The teams traded baskets and entered halftime knotted up at 30 each.
Johnson & Wales opened the second half with a 13-6 run, but it wasn't enough to subdue the Dragons, as they fought back to take a 45-44 lead with two minutes to go in the third. Buckets from Justice Wallace and Micah Thomas right before the end of the third gave the Wildcats a 48-45 lead entering the final period. With six minutes left, the Dragons had again taken a lead, this time on a Damya Harris three to make it 53-51. Three consecutive threes from Jada Morgan, Martin, and Jamyah Montissol gave the Wildcats a 60-53 advantage with four minutes remaining. The Wildcats saw the game out form there, allowing only six more points while scoring 11 more to claim the 71-59 win.
The Wildcats, ranked #12 in USCAA D2, were ultra efficient from the field, buoyed by their clinical shooting from three point range. JWU finished the game 42.2% from the field, including 52% from three, compared to 31.1% and 24% for the Dragons, respectively. The Wildcats also collected assists on 16 of their 27 baskets while VUL had only 8 assists on 23 field goals.
Montissol led the team with 20 points, going 4 of 6 from three. Morgan had 15 points, connecting on 5 of 11 threes. She also added 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Martin hit 4 of 5 attempts from beyond the arc to finish with 12 points. Wallace also added double digit scoring, finishing with 11 points on the night. Ineesha Hankerson led all players with 11 rebounds.
"I am extremely proud of the way our team played together and for each other," commented JWU Head Coach Ashley Raley-Ross. "We will continue to build on this win and focus on the little things!"
The Wildcats move to 6-7 on the season and host Piedmont International University on January 16th at 7:00 pm.