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Second half troubles spoil 'Cats chances
Johnson & Wales welcomed Regis University in an exhibition contest on Monday evening in the Wildcat Center. Both sides opened the contest strong with JWU jumping out to a 16-10 lead before the Rangers started to make some inroads. The Wildcats started with a strong offense behind seniors Caitlin Durkin and Samantha Neal who pushed the tempo of the half for JWU as they took a 40-39 lead into the break.
As the second half got underway, the Rangers seemed to figure out during the break the keys to the JWU offense as they showed a more defensive presence in the half forcing the Wildcats into just 12.9% shooting. Regis University maintained the stride as they hit 14 of 29 from the floor with Tae'lor Purdy coming up big for the Rangers.
The closing minutes saw JWU continue to struggle with their shot and Regis holding the ball for most of their shot clock to run down the game clock. At the buzzer, the Rangers topped the 'Cats 78-56 behind Purdy's 21 points and a balanced defense. Durkin led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points and Neal was close behind with 13 of her own. Nicole Pardisa had a game high seven rebounds for JWU.
The Wildcats will travel to Midland University this weekend to face Kansas Wesleyan and host Midland on Friday and Saturday. They will not return to the Wildcat Center until December 12 when they host the Colorado College Tigers at 7pm.