The Wildcats hit the road for their first game in nearly three weeks at Colorado College. The first contest of the home and home series took place in Reid Arena in Colorado Springs.
The first quarter was back and forth between the two teams with the host Tigers holding the 12-11 advantage after the first 10 minutes of play. In the second quarter, the two sides traded buckets never allowing the other to build much of a lead. McCorra Ford (Gillette, Wyo.) was a beast under the basket, collecting 12 rebounds through the first two quarters. By the end of the first half, the Wildcats held the 32-29 advantage headed into the break.
In the third quarter, the Wildcats came out of the break with the hot hand, opening on a 10-2 run with three 3-point baskets. The Tigers cut the lead down to three points with 4:02 left in the third but the Wildcats quickly countered with a six point run to extend their lead. Ford continued to dominate in the paint, collecting another 12 rebounds in the second half. By the end of the game, the Wildcats had held off any late attempts by the Tiger's to take the fourth quarter 22-9 on their way to a 75-52 victory.
Ford led all players with 29 points and brought down a career high 24 rebounds for Johnson & Wales. Allison Butler (Del Norte, Colo.) added 15 points for JWU. Payton Katich had 12 points for Colorado College and Kaylyn Radtke had eight rebounds.
Johnson & Wales will travel to Arizona for a pair of games against Dine College this weekend.