DENVER – Senior guard Dominique Riley had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and freshman teammate Katey Guzman added a team-high 15 points, but it wasn't enough for the Johnson & Wales women's basketball team as the Wildcats dropped a 79-54 contest to visiting Nebraska Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon at the Wildcat Center.
JWU (0-2) started slow with six points in the opening quarter on 1-of-12 shooting and trailed 37-18 at the half, but the Wildcats found their groove coming out of the break, posting a season-high 20 points in the quarter.
A layup by Avionne Gomez cut the Wildcats' deficit to 18 with 2:57 to play in the third, but the hosts were unable to close the gap any closer. JWU got within 18 again midway through the fourth on a pair of free throws by Preshus Nash.
Eight different players scored for coach Bob Kintzel's Wildcats, who knocked down eight 3-pointers as a team and totaled 15 assists on 18 made field goals.
Along with the double-digit scoring efforts by Guzman (Fort Collins, Colo.) and Riley (Arvada, Colo.), Salma Oros added seven points while Allisianna Baker-Marquez, Gomez (Ignacio, Colo.) and Nash (Golden, Colo.) each chipped in five. Brianna Bailey corralled eight rebounds to go with four assists while Guzman had three of JWU's 11 steals.
The Wildcats shot 71 percent from the free-throw line (10-of-14), including a 4-for-4 day at the stripe by Oros (Buckeye, Ariz.).
Meehan Bailey led all scorers with 17 points for the Prairie Wolves (1-1), who had a 54-39 edge on the glass and blocked five shots, including three by Carly Bostock.
The Wildcats return to the court Friday, Nov. 23 to face East Texas Baptist for the first of two neutral site games over Thanksgiving weekend at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.