Johnson & Wales spent their Thanksgiving Day on the road as they traveled to Corban University to take part in the Capital City/Bruce Henderson Memorial Holiday Tournament in Salem, Oregon. The Wildcats, facing off against host Corban University, opened the contest staying even with the Warriors, matching them bucket for bucket and only allowing short scoring bursts that were quickly cut down to within reason. Corban were able to build a 10 point advantage towards the end of the first half but the Wildcats were able to cut it down to as low as five points before heading into the break down 37-44.
Coming out of the break, the Warriors went on an 11-2 run to extend their lead. Samantha Neal put JWU back on track with a three point bucket to start giving Johnson & Wales some momentum to build on. Caitlin Durkin's jumper at 11:13 in the second half brought the Wildcats to 54-61 in favor of Corban. CU used a last minute rally behind Tess Bennett and Katie Steigleman to power away from JWU to take the 90-71 win.
Durkin had 19 points as Kourtney Shirley and Jasmine Culbreath added 16 and 15 respectively. Durkin also had a team high 12 boards. Steigleman led all scorers with 21 points for Corban and Tara Vanweerdhuizen finished the night with 17 rebounds.
Johnson & Wales will move over the consolation bracket where they'll play Menlo College on Friday at 3:00 PM PST.