The Central Christian College women's basketball team played a strong first half against the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats on Saturday afternoon, but the second half was unkind to the Tigers and they ended up on the short end of the stick, 51-71.
It wasn't their best half of the year, but in the opening twenty minutes, they Tigers were neck and neck with the Wildcats. The Tigers opened the game taking the first quarter, 13-5, but the most of the second quarter belonged to the Wildcats.
After the Tigers led 13-5 at the first break, the Wildcats went on an 11-1 run to start the second quarter, taking a 19-14 lead midway through the quarter. The Tigers responded with a 10-4 run of their own to retake the lead 24-23 at the halftime intermission.
In the second half, things started to unravel quickly for the Tigers. The adjustments the Wildcats made halftime turned into 14-0 run to start the third quarter. The Wildcats started knocking down three pointers from all over the floor, and the Tigers couldn't seem to buy a bucket. By the end of the third quarter, the Wildcats had taken a ten point lead, 48-38.
Things didn't get better in the fourth quarter. When the Tigers were playing zone defense, the Wildcats found the open player on the perimeter and knocked down the open 3-pointer. When they went man to man, the Wildcats set screens and made back cuts to find wide open lanes to the basket for easy layups. The Tigers continued to fight, but in the end they came out on the short end, 52-71.
Abbie Banks led the Tigers in scoring again, this time with 18 points on 5 of 12 shooting from the floor, and 4 of 8 from behind the arc. Ridglea Hearne was the only other Tiger in double figures with 11 points.
"Not a good day for us at either end of the court,” head coach Chris Honeck said. “Defensively, we didn't guard well and didn't rebound well. At the offensive end, we didn't execute effectively, and allowed JWU to dictate what we did."
The loss drops the Tigers to 8-9 on the season and 1-2 in the Association of Independent Institutions. They will be back in action on Tuesday with a road trip to Haviland, Kansas for a rematch with the Barclay College Bears.