Second-half surge comes up short for women's basketball

Katey Guzman
Katey Guzman

DENVER - The Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team saw its second-half comeback fall short Saturday night at the Wildcat Center as the Wildcats fell 51-45 to visiting Schreiner University. 

After trailing by 21 at halftime, the Wildcats chipped away at the deficit by outscoring the Mountaineers 21-10 in the third frame. That narrowed the gap to 10 heading to the fourth, where JWU was able to make it a five-point game late but couldn't complete the comeback. 

Sophomore Brianna Bailey led all scorers with 17 points to go with nine rebounds, two assists and a steal. Bailey was a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line and also had a blocked shot. Fellow sophomore Katey Guzman finished with 14 points for her first double-double of the season. 

The Wildcats (4-17, 4-12) also got five points, four rebounds and a block from freshman Kaleya Corke while sophomore Avionne Gomez totaled five points and nine rebounds. Freshman Sariah Serrano added four points, four boards, two steals and two assists. 

Yasmine Arogunjo paced the Mountaineers (12-12, 10-6) with 11 points and 10 rebounds. 

The Wildcats were able to make it a competitive game despite a rough shooting night, finishing at 21.7 percent (13-for-60) for the night. A solid night at the free throw line (14-16) helped keep the hosts within reach. Bench points were a big difference as Schreiner finished with a 30-0 margin in the category. 

JWU heads to Texas next weekend to play at Friday at Texas Lutheran and Saturday at Southwestern before closing out the season with a pair of games against Nebraska Christian on Feb. 28-29.