PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Pine Manor outscored Johnson and Wales (R.I.) 48-43 in the second half, but the Gators fell to the Wildcats 87-74 on Thursday night at the Wildcat Center.
The loss puts the Gators under .500 for the first time all year as they drop to 5-6. Johnson and Wales improves to 7-6.
Junior guard Alexis Lee (Akron, Ohio) scored a game-high 26 points, 20 of which came in the second half. Freshman Erica Jones (Atlanta, Ga.) also had a big second half scoring 14 of her 18 points in the final period. Sophomore Maria Vaughan (Okinawa, Japan) had 16 points and junior Khiyana Isaac (Roxbury, Mass.) had 10 rebounds for the visitors.
Sophomore forward Bobbie Whitehead (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a double-double for the hosts with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, R.I.) also had a double-double scoring 20 points to go along with 10 assists. Sarah Duryea (Middle Villiage, N.Y.) scored 21 points off the bench to lead the Wildcats.
The Gators jumped out to an early lead, scoring the first five points of the game. The Wildcats would score the next eight to take an 8-5 lead five minutes into the first half.
After Vaughan hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 8, JWU went on an 18-5 run to open its lead up to 13.
The hosts extended their lead to as much as 19 and went into the halftime leading 44-26.
Johnson and Wales outshot Pine Manor 48.7 percent to 27.8 percent in the first half and capitalized on their second chance opportunities outscoring the Gators 11-0 on second chance points.
Scoring was hard to come by early in the second half with the first made field goal of the period coming nearly four minutes in on a Duryea jumper.
The baskets started falling after that as the Wildcats opened the lead up to as much as 23 with seven minutes to play before the Gators' press started to give the hosts issues.
The Gators had a 14-2 run, most of which came directly off turnovers or on free throws from fouls resulting from turnovers, to get the Wildcat lead down to 11.
Pine Manor got the deficit down to 10 on three occasions, but wasn't able to complete the comeback.
Pine Manor will return to Brunelli Court on Saturday in the front end of the school's first basketball doubleheader. They host the University of Maine-Augusta at 1 p.m.
The Wildcats are also back in action on Saturday as they return to Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play with a trip to Suffolk at 3 p.m.
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