PROVIDENCE, RI. – Another Johnson & Wales University women's basketball record belongs to senior Raquel Pederzani. She handed out seven assists to break the career record and lead the Wildcats to a 63-44 victory over Simmons on Saturday.
Simmons: 1-14, 1-9 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 11-8, 7-3 GNAC
Pederzani now has 432 career assists, surpassing the mark set by Johanna Santosuosso (2006-09). Earlier this year, Pederzani took over the career steals mark. She added a game-high 20 points.
Johnson & Wales got off to a hot start in the first quarter. Pederzani drilled a three-pointer with nine seconds left in the opening stanza to stake the Wildcats to an 18-6 advantage. The Sharks responded in the second half, outscoring JWU 17-8 to cut the host's lead to 26-23 at the half.
The JWU team of the first quarter returned in the second half as the Wildcats grew the lead to 34-25 midway through the third quarter on a Kristen Habbel three-pointer. Johnson & Wales shot 64 percent from the floor in the second half, including 57 percent from behind the arc.
Joining Pederzani in double figures was Ally Mishol with 11 points off the bench while Britney Gallagher added 10. Habbel pulled in a team-best eight rebounds and tied Pederzani with a game-high four steals. JWU forced Simmons into 22 turnovers, which the Wildcats converted into 27 points.
Over 50 percent of Simmons' scoring came from Presley Silva and Rebekah Carroll. Silva had a 13-point, 15-rebound double-double while Carroll added 10.
The Wildcats continue their homestand on Tuesday when they take on Mount Ida at 7 p.m.