The Wildcats headed to Point Lookout, Missouri to face Haskell Indian Nations University in quarterfinal action at the 2017 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Championships, hosted by College of the Ozarks.
The Indians started strong in the contest, jumping out to a 19-6 lead through the first seven minutes of play. By the end of the first quarter, the 'Cats trailed 21-9. In the second quarter, the Wildcats came out of the gate with a sense of urgency. They quickly put together an 11-0 run to cut the lead to a single point. Haskell Indian Nations added two quick buckets but the 'Cats maintained their momentum throughout the rest of the quarter as HINU took a 35-29 lead into the break.
Throughout the third the two sides traded buckets with the back and forth action keeping Haskell in the lead by two to three possessions over the 10 minute period. After three quarters of play, Haskell led 52-44. In the fourth quarter, the Indians pushed ahead and took advantage of a short-benched Wildcats squad as they built their lead to 21 points. Despite their best efforts to regain the momentum, the Wildcats couldn't keep the offensive output that the Indians put forth and fell 64-72.
Dominique Riley (Arvada, Colo.) led a quartet of Wildcats in double-digit scoring with a career high 19 points. She shot .500 from the field including going 5 of 11 from three point range. McCorra Ford (Gillette, Wyo.) led Johnson & Wales with 13 rebounds and added 15 points for her 14th double-double of the season. Ford had a double-double in over half of the Wildcat's games this season. Tahnee Shavings led HINU with 17 points and six rebounds.
Johnson & Wales ends the season with an 11-15 record and went 3-4 in conference play.