The Wildcats opened their weekend on the road at South Dakota School of Mines on Friday evening.
The 'Cats offense struggled to get going in the opening quarter as the Hardrockers opened the game with a 17-5 lead after the first 10 minutes of action. Through the second quarter the 'Cats were able to pick up some of their offense but SDSMT maintained their offensive output to keep the pace. At the break, South Dakota School of Mines held the 38-15 advantage.
In the second half, the Wildcats kept their offense going and did their best to claw their way back into the game. A three pointer by Andromeda Sales (Black Hawk, Colo.) cut the 'Cats deficit to 18 points with 4:07 let in the third. The 'Cats offense stalled again in the fourth as they trailed by 23 to start the period. South Dakota School of Mines pushed their lead up to 30 points with just under three minutes to play. The Wildcats couldn't make up the ground as they fell 48-77.
Brianna Aluya (Placentia, Calif.) led Johnson & Wales with 19 points through 30 minutes of play. Aluya and Sales each had six rebounds for the Wildcats. Emma Pearce led SDSMT with 16 points off the bench and Anna Haugen finished with 12 rebounds.
The Wildcats will head to Black Hills State University on Saturday for an afternoon matchup with the Yellowjackets.