Johnson & Wales closed out the women's side of their 5280 Classic with a 103-70 loss to #7 Concordia University on Friday night. The Wildcats opened the contest strong, staying with the Bulldogs despite full court pressure by CU. The Bulldogs had a short-lived run early in the half but the 'Cats squashed that and brought the game to 21-22 with 9:25 left in the period. Concordia again capitlalized on a stagnant JWU offense over the next few minutes to pull away and take a 45-40 lead into the break.
As the second half got underway, the Wildcats struggled to maintain possession early in the second half allowing Concordia to go on a 20-5 run and keeping JWU well out of contention. Midway through the period, Johnson & Wales found their momentum again and started to make some headway but the damage had already been done. JWU couldn't stage a comeback and dropped their third straight home game, falling to 9-9 on the season.
Caitlin Durkin led a foursome of Wildcat scorers in double digits with 20 points and Samantha Neal contributed another 19. Kourtney Shirley dished out 5 assists and Jasmine Culbreath brought down 6 rebounds. Amber Kistler had 22 points for the Bulldogs and Kristen Conahan had a game high 9 assists. Lori Laboda had 8 boards for the Bulldogs.
The Wildcats will kick off 2012 as the end their five game homestand when they host the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions on Tuesday, January 3 at 7pm.