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Bluehawks perimeter game too much for JWU to overcome

Bluehawks perimeter game too much for JWU to overcome

Johnson & Wales suffered their first home loss of the season following a 73-79 defeat at the hands of Dickinson State University. The Bluehawks had a strong game from the perimeter in the first half and forced to the Wildcats to commit unnecssary fouls to jump out to a decent lead in the first half. The 'Cats struggled maintaining posession of the ball committing 11 first half turnovers.

The final five minutes of the first half was where DSU started to build some momentum and stringing baskets together while the 'Cats became stagnant. Heading into the break, JWU found themselves down 33-43.

Out of intermission, Dickinson State maintained their pressure and built on their lead but Johnson & Wales started to turn up the heat on the Bluehawks to cut the advantage down to 9. Down the stretch, the Bluehawks had their own problems with ball possession committing nine turnovers of their own in the half. JWU capitalized on this and chipped away at Dickinson's lead. The 'Cats couldn't find their shot from beyond the arc resulting in 12 of 31 shooting from three point land. Johnson & Wales ran out of time in their rally finding themselves with their first lost on their home court this season and down 1 game in conference play.

Samantha Neal led five Wildcats in double digits with 17 points and both Jasmine Culbreath and Victoria Huber each had six boards. Kourtney Shirley added six assists. Kylee Bittner had the hot hand for the Bluehawks with 30 points while three players had seven rebounds each.

Johnson & Wales will spend their holiday weekend in Salem, Oregon at the 2011 Capital City/Bruce Henderson Memorial Holiday Tournament hosted by Corban University. The 'Cats will faceoff against host Corban on Thanksgiving night at 8pm PST. They will spend the next month on the road before returning home for Valley City State University on December 17.