COLORADO SPRINGS – Johnson & Wales set season highs in several offensive categories, but it wasn't enough in an 89-56 loss to East Texas Baptist on Friday at the Rocky Mountain Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Colorado College.
Senior guard Dominique Riley matched a career best with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting to lead the Wildcats (0-3), who had three players in double figures as Brianna Bailey and Katey Guzman scored 13 apiece. Guzman (Fort Collins, Colo.) nearly missed a double-double with a team-leading nine rebounds while Bailey (Colorado Springs) dished out five assists.
Bailey, Guzman and Ashley Mortensen had two steals apiece for coach Bob Kintzel's team.
"I really think we came together just as a family, and that's what really held us together" said Riley, (Arvada, Colo.) who drained 4 of her 6 attempts from the 3-point line. "We didn't give up. This is one of the best teams we're going to see, so I'm really proud of how the girls played today."
Despite being limited to just eight players because of injury, JWU set season highs for points scored, field goal percentage (31.7) and 3-pointers made (nine).
An Elite Eight team from a season ago, the Tigers (5-0) relied on depth and forced turnovers to remain unbeaten, as 14 different players logged double digit minutes. ETBU jumped out to an early lead, outscoring JWU 28-9 in the opening frame to take control.
The Wildcats nearly played the Tigers even in the second quarter (20-18) and then came out and shot 40 percent in the third frame (6-of-15) to match a season-high shooting percentage for a single frame.