First-quarter lead not enough for women's basketball against Austin

Katey Guzman
Katey Guzman

DENVER - Looking for its third straight win and to take down the first-place team in the conference, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team came out firing Saturday against Austin College. 

An 8-0 JWU Denver run in the first quarter gave the hosts an early six-point lead thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by sophomore Katey Guzman. The Wildcats settled for a one-point lead heading the second quarter, where the visiting Roos were able to pull away on the way to an 88-57 SCAC victory. 

JWU (2-9, 2-4) had four players score in double figures, led by Guzman with 16 points. Freshman Kaleya Corke scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and added four rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Avionne Gomez also had 14 points, adding five boards and four assists. Sophomore Brianna Bailey chipped in 11 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. 

Kacie West led Austin (11-0, 4-0) with 24 points to help keep the Roos unbeaten on the season. Austin's full-court press was effective throughout the contest, forcing 23 JWU turnovers, converting into 35 points for the guests. 

After draining a conference-best 13 three-balls in Friday's win over Dallas, JWU knocked down 10 triples on Saturday, including four by Guzman and two each by Corke, Bailey and Gomez

JWU returns to the Wildcat Center on Friday to host in-state foe Colorado College at 7:30 p.m.