The Wildcats closed out the first weekend of 2018 with a 67-38 win over Oglala Lakota College on Friday evening.
The opening quarter started slow with Johnson & Wales beginning on a 8-2 run in the first 7:15 of play. Neither team would add a basket for the final 2:45 as JWU took the six point lead into the second quarter. In the second, the visiting Lady Bravehearts shook off the rust and chipped away at the 'Cats lead. At the other end of the court, the Wildcats were slow offensively in the second ten minutes as OLC cut the deficit to just one point, trailing 18-19 at the break.
The first few minutes of the second half looked familiar to both sides as neither team was hitting their shots out of the gate. A jump shot by Ashlea Carothers (Elbert, Colo.) broke up a 21-21 tie with 7:46 left in the quarter. The 'Cats built a small lead but the Lady Bravehearts regrouped and cut the lead back down to 30-28. The Wildcats closed out the quarter on a 13-0 run to take a 43-28 lead into the final quarter. The last 10 minutes had both teams maintain their offensive output with Johnson & Wales wrapping up the 67-38 victory.
Andromeda Sales (Black Hawk, Colo.) led all players with 20 points and was 6 for 6 from the free throw line. Brianna Aluya (Placentia, Calif.) and Cara McNiff (Aurora, Colo.) each had eight rebounds for the Wildcats. Samantha Weston had 10 points and Dalcina Chief Eagle had 10 rebounds for OLC.
Johnson & Wales will head to College of the Ozarks next weekend for A.I.I. contests against Haskell Indian Nations University and the host Bobcats.