Jan 21, 2014 11:09 PM by Jordan Mason
DENVER - Korbyn Ukasick and Danielle Davis each recorded her second double-double of the season, but Johnson & Wales University hit seven three-point baskets and 26 free throws to record an 85-71 victory over Colorado College on Tuesday night.
Ukasick paced the Tigers with season highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Davis added 16 points and a career-best 12 rebounds.
Junior guard Courtney Tyus flirted with a triple-double, finishing the contest with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. She climbed into fifth place on the program's all-time assist list with 221, moving past Beck Luetjen (2008-12) who finished her career with 217.
CC raced to an early 9-4 advantage and led 11-10 midway through the first half, but Johnson & Wales used a 13-2 run to open a 10-point lead with just over eight minutes to play.
After the Tigers clawed their way back to tie the score at 24-24 on a layup by sophomore guard Katie Wirth, JWU closed out the half with a 12-4 surge to build a 36-28 lead after 20 minutes.
The Wildcats stretched their advantage to 67-53 with 6:43 remaining, only to see Colorado College cut its deficit to six points with 3:56 to go after Tyus knocked down a pair of jumpers. That proved to be as close as the Tigers would get as JWU sank nine of 12 free throws to close out the game.
Kourtney Shirley led the Wildcats with 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Alex Courtney added 14 points and 12 boards. All five of JWU's starters finished with double-digit points.
CC turned in a dominating effort on the glass, grabbing a season-high 64 rebounds compared to only 47 for JWU.
The Wildcats made up for the difference at the charity stripe, where they converted on a fraction over 81 percent of their 32 attempts.
Colorado College returns to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Friday when the Tigers play host to Southwestern University at Reid Arena.