The Wildcats opened their home slate on Tuesday night with a midweek matchup against Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
The 'Cats came out of the gate on fire, jumping to an early 9-3 lead through the opening five minutes. The Eagles regrouped to go up 10-9 on the 'Cats two minutes later. The offense slowed for both sides as ERAU took a 14-11 lead into the second. A three pointer by Allison Butler (Del Norte, Colo.) allowed JWU to tie the game 14-14 at the 9:14 mark. ERAU pushed their lead up to 22-14 before a three pointer by Dominique Riley (Arvada, Colo.) put JWU back within three. ERAU finished the second quarter on a 15-4 run to take a 37-21 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Eagles had the momentum throughout the third quarter as they held the 'Cats to just six points of offense. Embry-Riddle added 39 to to lead 56-27 after three quarters of play. In the fourth, the Eagles offense outpaced the 'Cats with Johnson & Wales struggling to get their shots to fall. ERAU captured the 81-38 victory to go 7-0 on the season.
Riley had 12 points for Johnson & Wales and Briana Aluya (Placentia, Calif.) added 10 off the bench. Riley had a team high six rebounds for JWU and Salma Oros (Buckeye, Ariz.) had four assists. Haley Villegas had 16 points for ERAU and Melissa Pfeiffer brought down 16 boards.
Johnson & Wales will head to South Dakota School of Mines and Black Hills State University this weekend.