The Wildcats finished their season series with a hard fought 66-71 loss to Colorado College on Tuesday night in Colorado Springs. The two teams each won in front of their home crowds but couldn't come up with the big play in the final minutes to play the spoiler on the road.
Johnson & Wales and the Tigers opened the game knowing the other's style of play thanks to their earlier contest this season and it showed as each team anticipated each play. The game really became a match of who could finish the drive to the basket. JWU went 12-38 from the field in the first half while the Tigers were 14-30. Despite the better shooting percentage, the 'Cats took a 31-29 lead into the break.
Second half action had the Tigers maintaining their strong shooting and staying present under the basket to outrebound Johnson & Wales 48-39 throughout the night. Colorado College built a small lead in the closing minutes that JWU couldn't overcome. The Wildcats found success at the free throw line hitting 12-14. Kourtney Shirley led all scorers with 29 points and Jasmine Culbreath led the Wildcats with 10 boards. Jordy Stephenson had 20 points for the Tigers and two players each had 11 rebounds for Colorado College.
Johnson & Wales (9-6) will host Valley City State University (7-9) in an Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference game on Saturday at 1pm.