PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Mount Ida trailed Johnson & Wales by just three points after one quarter and by only eight points after each of the next two periods, but couldn't quite claw their way back against the Wildcats, who dealt them a 77-59 loss in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's basketball action on Tuesday evening at the Wildcat Center.
Senior Angelique Martinez (Taunton, Mass.) posted her fourth consecutive game with a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
The other Mustangs in double-figures were Katlyn Jesse (Marshfield, Mass.) with 13 points and three made three-pointers, and Brittany Crosby (Riverside, R.I.), who led the squad with 14 points on 7-12 shooting. Crosby and Trish Liotta (Hampton Bays, N.Y.) had three assists apiece, with Liotta adding seven points.
Kimberly Viafara (Woodside, NY) single-handedly gave the Wildcats the lead in final minute of the first quarter as she scored five points to give JWU a 20-15 edge. She knocked down a pair of free throws at the 2:14 mark of the second period to push the lead to 36-26. The feisty Mustangs cut the lead to five, 40-35, with 3:20 left in the third quarter, but JWU went on a 16-3 run over the next six minutes to seal the victory
For the second game in a row Viafara produced a double-double with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. She was one of four Wildcats in double figures, led by Raquel Pederzani's (Coventry, RI) game-high 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Kristen Habbel (Phoenixville, Pa.) followed with a season-high 15 points and eight rebounds while Ashley Thompson (Bellingham, Mass.) added 12 points.
Johnson & Wales had a 52-40 advantage on the boards, which led to a 34-22 margin for second-chance points and 26-9 edge for points in the paint. The Wildcats also benefited from 13-of-19 at the free throw line, compared to 7-of-9 by the Mustangs.
Mount Ida (5-15, 1-10 GNAC) heads to Emmanuel this Saturday afternoon for a 3:00 PM division battle with the Saints in Boston.