DENVER - The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team came up just short Friday night against Texas Lutheran University, falling in overtime to the visiting Bulldogs, 69-65, at the Wildcat Center.
JWU Denver's sophomore backcourt duo of Katey Guzman and Brianna Bailey combined for 37 points in the Wildcats' best scoring performance of the season, but it wasn't enough as TLU erased an 11-point deficit and out-scored JWU 9-5 in overtime to claim the SCAC victory.
Bailey's 3-pointer with 3:22 to go in the third quarter put the Wildcats up 51-40, the biggest lead by either team all night. TLU was able to make it an eight-point game heading to the fourth, where the Wildcats maintained its lead until the final minute. A layup by the Bulldogs' Cami Davis tied the game at 60-all with 17 seconds left, sending the game into overtime.
The Bulldogs scored the first four points of the extra frame to take control as the Wildcats struggled to make shots and limit turnovers in the extra frame.
Guzman went 8-for-18 from the field for a game-high 20 points, adding four assists, three rebounds and two steals as she played all 45 minutes. Bailey also played the entire game, finishing with 17 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Freshman Kaleya Corke added nine points and seven rebounds, sophomore Allisianna Baker chipped in nine points and six boards, and sophomore Avionne Gomez totaled eight points, six rebounds and four assists.
JWU finished with a season-best 15 assists and shot 45.0 percent from the field, their highest mark of the year.
The Wildcats get some time off for the holidays before heading out on the road to face St. Thomas on Sunday, Dec. 29 and Centenary on Monday, Dec. 30.