DENVER - Four Wildcats scored in double figures as the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team opened SCAC play Sunday against Southwestern University.
However, the balanced scoring wasn't enough for the Wildcats as they fell to the visiting Pirates 66-57 at the Wildcat Center.
Sophomore Brianna Bailey led JWU Denver (0-6, 0-1) with 15 points and added 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Classmate Katey Guzman finished with 13 points and three rebounds despite being limited with to 26 minutes because of early foul trouble.
The Wildcats came out with one of their best quarters of the season, scoring the first four points on the way to establishing a five-point lead, 18-13, at the 1:52 mark on a 3 by Guzman.
JWU maintained its lead for the first four minutes of the second quarter before the Pirates (3-7, 1-1) stormed back to go up 34-23 at halftime and 43-34 at the end of the third.
A jumper by Allisianna Baker pulled the Wildcats within four, 48-44, with 7:11 to go in the fourth, but JWU was unable to get any closer the rest of the way.