PAXTON, Mass. – Pressure defense and a career-best performance from senior Raquel Pederzani was more than enough to lead the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team to victory. The Wildcats defeated Anna Maria, 79-57, on Tuesday.
Anna Maria: 4-18, 3-10 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 14-9, 10-4 GNAC
The AMCATS hung in during the first quarter, but the Wildcats pulled away with strong second and third quarters. JWU outscored Anna Maria, 45-18, during the middle two stanzas.
On the heels of a 24-point performance on Saturday, Pederzani scored a career-high 34 points and nabbed six steals. It's her seventh game this year with at least 20 points. Britney Gallagher followed with 11 points and Sarah Duryea chipped in 10. Kristen Habbel had another good all-around game with seven points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Johnson & Wales' defense was too much for AMC as JWU forced the hosts into 26 turnovers, which the Wildcats converted into 29 points. Anna Maria did have a 40-29 rebounding advantage.
The Wildcats are back on the road Saturday when they travel to Norwich for a 1 p.m. contest.