Wildcats shoot past Crusaders for second straight win

Wildcats shoot past Crusaders for second straight win

DENVER - A barrage of 3-pointers led the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team to a convincing 75-54 SCAC victory over the University of Dallas on Friday night at the Wildcat Center. 

JWU Denver (2-8, 2-3) went 16-for-38 (42.1 percent) from behind the arc to spark its second straight victory. Sophomores Katey Guzman and Brianna Bailey made six 3s each as the Wildcats finished with the most made 3s by an SCAC team this season. 

Bailey led all players with 27 points, adding eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Guzman recorded a double-double with 26 points and 10 assists, filling the stat sheet with seven rebounds and four steals. 

"I think we've just come together as a team and realized we all want the same goal," Guzman said of her team's winning streak. "We've worked really hard in practices to make sure everyone's living up the expectations we have for each other. It's just been clicking. We've definitely come together as a team."

JWU hounded Dallas defensively, forcing 22 turnovers, including a season-high 15 steals. Sophomore Allisianna Baker tallied a team-high five steals to go with four rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Avionne Gomez contributed nine points, seven rebounds and three assists while freshman Kaleya Corke added seven points and three rebounds.

JWU trailed by two midway through the first quarter before a 3 by Gomez sparked a 9-0 to end the first quarter to give the hosts a 19-12 lead. Dallas erased the deficit to grab a 32-30 halftime lead, but it was all Wildcats in the second half. 

The Wildcats outscored the Crusaders 19-7 in the third quarter and 26-15 in the fourth to put it out of reach and secure their first home win of the season. 

JWU was on fire from behind the arc in the final quarter, going 7 for 11 from 3 in the final 10 minutes. After trailing early, the Wildcats led for 36-plus minutes of the game and held their largest lead of the season when they were up by 22 in the final minute. 

The Wildcats will go for their third straight win Saturday against first-place Austin College (4 p.m., Wildcat Center).