On a roll: JWU Denver beats Dallas for second straight win

On a roll: JWU Denver beats Dallas for second straight win

DALLAS -- Riding the momentum of Friday's triumph over Dallas Christian, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team earned the first SCAC conference victory in program history on Saturday afternoon with a 62-56 road win over Dallas.

After a long search for its initial win of the season, JWU Denver has now strung together two victories in a row to improve to 2-15 overall and 1-10 in league play.

Freshman guard Katey Guzman scored 24 points for the second straight contest to lead the Wildcats. Classmate Brianna Bailey added 20 and Avionne Gomez had 10 for JWU.

The Wildcats started fast and built a 14-6 lead midway through the first quarter before the Crusaders (1-17, 1-9) battled back and grabbed a one-point lead at the break. The third quarter proved to be the difference as the Wildcats outscored the hosts 18-6 in the stanza, with eight of those points coming from Bailey (Colorado Springs).

Dallas closed within five a couple times in the fourth, and was down four with 14 seconds to go, but JWU held strong and put the game away.

Player of the game: Katey Guzman continued her fantastic freshman campaign with her fifth 20-point performance in the past seven games, adding a career-high seven steals to go with six assists and four rebounds.

Stat of the game: The Wildcats forced the Crusaders to commit 27 turnovers, leading to 23 JWU points.

Up next: The Wildcats return home to host Texas Lutheran for a White Out on Friday, Feb. 1, followed by a matchup against Southwestern on Saturday. Both games next weekend are part of the SCAC's Change for the Better Campaign, a league-wide initiative to see which school can raise the most money for charity. Wildcat fans are encouraged to bring spare change to next weekend's games Feb. 1-2. All money raised will be donated to Special Olympics of Colorado.