Johnson & Wales University clicked in all aspects of the game on Friday night in their 103-70 rout of Arizona Christian. The two sides had met twice previously this season splitting both contests. JWU entered the game looking to stop a seven game slide that began in mid-December.
The Wildcats opened the game with a quick lead and instantly the crowd could tell that JWU came to play. The Wildcats shot 9 of 10 from the charity stripe in the first half and held the 51-45 advantage headed into the break. Amber Salaz had the hot hand for JWU recording 15 first half points off .667 shooting and went 4 of 4 from the line.
Coming out of the break, JWU again stayed in control of the contest running up the score by as much as 34 in the period. The Firestorm pressured the 'Cats on all attempts at inbounding often leaving a JWU player alone at the other end to accept the lob pass and dump it in.
As the starters exited the game for the Wildcats, the crowd acknowledged the strong performance at both ends of the court. Johnson & Wales kept up their momentum through the final minutes and had people on their feet as a open layup by Gabriella Rapp sent JWU into triple digits. The Wildcats finished the night with .458 shooting in the 103-70 victory.
Salaz finished the night with 27 points going 6 of 9 from beyond the arc and Kourtney Shirley had 23 points for JWU. Victoria Huber put on a defensive clinic under the basket brining down a career high 17 boards. Huber, Samantha Neal and Jasmine Culbreath all scored in double digits for JWU with almost all the 'Cats getting on the board. Steffani Liscum again provided much of the offense for the Firestorm with 20 points and Anne Munsil recorded 7 rebounds.
Johnson & Wales (10-12) will host Northern New Mexico College at 1pm on Sunday in another A.I.I. conference matchup. Northern New Mexico and Arizona Christian will face off against one another on Saturday at 1pm in the Wildcat Center.