Johnson & Wales headed to the Pelican State on Friday night for a meeting with Centenary College. The contest served as a preview for JWU's move to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference next season.
The opening quarter began with a back and forth pace. Centenary started to build some distance late in the first quarter and took a 18-13 lead into the second. The 'Cats offense struggled to get going in the second quarter as Centenary outscored the Wildcats 14-5. Centenary held the 32-18 lead at the break.
In the third quarter, Johnson & Wales cut the lead down to nine points but Centenary regrouped and started to pull away again. The Ladies closed out the period on a 9-3 run to take the 43-28 lead into the third. In the fourth, the 'Cats made small scoring runs to cut into the lead but the Centenary would stop the run and pull away again. By the final whistle, Centenary had held on for the 63-41 victory.
Brianna Aluya (Placentia, Calif.) led all players with 15 points and had eight rebounds. Ashlea Carothers (Elbert, Colo.) also brought down eight boards for the 'Cats. Jasmine Morris led Centenary with 13 points and Haylee Washington had nine rebounds.
JWU will head to Dallas on Saturday to face University of Dallas at 1:00pm CT.