The Wildcats began their home classic on Friday evening with a matchup against #3 College of the Ozarks.
The visitors were hot early with an opening 20-0 run in the first four minutes of the game. The Bobcats began the game with a perfect 7 of 7 from the field. A three pointer by Andromeda Sales (Black Hawk, Colo.) put Johnson & Wales on the board at the 5:40 mark. The 'Cats were held scoreless from the floor for the rest of the quarter with a single made free throw coming from Ashley Mortensen (Thornton, Colo.) as the Wildcats trailed 36-4 after one quarter of play. The visitors continued their hot shooting as they pushed their lead up to 57-16 at the break.
The points came slow in the third quarter for Johnson & Wales, but the Wildcats chipped away as the game progressed. JWU added another 10 points in the third but still trailed 76-26 heading in the final quarter. In the final frame, the Bobcats pulled back offensively to slow down the tempo but their hot shooting continued as they pushed their lead up. By the final buzzer, the Bobcats had captured the 109-38 conference victory from the 'Cats.
Brianna Aluya (Placentia, Calif.) led Johnson & Wales with 15 points and brought down six rebounds. Sales added another 11 points for JWU. Cassidy Johnson led seven Bobcats in double-digit scoring with 19 points and Kelsie Cleeton finished with a game high 11 rebounds.
Johnson & Wales will face Haskell Indian Nations University on Saturday at 5:00pm to close out the 2018 Wildcat A.I.I. Classic.