Uniontown, PA - The JWU Women's Basketball Team concluded their season on Tuesday with a win over University of Maine at Machias. The game was played in the consolation bracket of the USCAA D2 National Championships as #7 Wildcats defeated the #6 Clippers 66-51 behind a monster game from senior Ineesha Hankerson.
The Clippers jumped to a 12-4 lead early in the game, but the Wildcats fought back to tie the game at 20-20 with 8 minutes left in the second quarter. A Shannon Martin three-pointer with 3:27 left in the half gave JWU their first lead of the game, 29-26. The Wildcats extended their lead to seven at the halftime break, and never trailed for the rest of the contest.
The Wildcats opened the second half with a 15-4 run to push their lead to 18 with 3:49 to go in the third. The JWU lead grew to as many as 19 points in the last stanza before the game ended 66-51, squaring the Wildcats' season record at 13-13.
JWU's defense again was stifling, holding the Clippers to 29.4% shooting. The Wildcats shot 41.7% and assisted on 19 of their 30 field goals. JWU outrebounded UMM 54-42 and dominated points in the paint, 38-18.
Hankerson's collegiate swan song was highlighted by 28 points, 23 rebounds, and 6 blocks. She leaves the program as the all-time leader in points (1334) and rebounds (1042). Justice Wallace added 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Christine Eppler grabbed 11 rebounds and Jamyah Montissol led the team with 6 assists.
"I am so proud of how our team came together as one to finish this season strong and on a positive note," reflected Wildcats Head Coach Ashley Raley-Ross. "Our ladies played great team basketball, did the little things, and represented JWU very well."