DENVER - The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team dropped its season opener Sunday afternoon to Whitworth University, 80-45, at the Wildcat Center.
Sophomore Katey Guzman led the Wildcats with a game-high 19 points while Brianna Bailey joined her classmate in double figures with 15. Guzman and Bailey combined to make seven 3-pointers for JWU Denver.
Jordan Smith and Talia Brandner each had 16 points to lead the Pirates (2-0), who jumped out to a 23-7 first-quarter lead.
The Pirates relied heavily on bench scoring as their reserves out-scored their counterparts 51-7.
JWU has some time off now before returning to the Wildcat Center on Friday, Nov. 22 to host Denison.