Jan. 8, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD - Ursinus sophomore Amber Yacenda drained a desperation three-pointer as time expired to force overtime and the visiting Bears outscored Johns Hopkins 14-10 in the extra session to put an end to the Blue Jays' nine-game winning streak, 79-75, on Saturday afternoon in Goldfarb Gym. The loss is JHU's first since its season opener at York and first in Centennial Conference play this season. The Blue Jays fall to 9-2 (6-1 CC) on the year, while the Bears improve to 9-3 (6-2 CC).
In a see-saw battle between two of the conference front-runners, Ursinus was able to squeak out the four-point win after Yacenda's last second shot forced overtime. After two free throws by junior Chantel Mattiola with 30 seconds remaining pushed JHU's advantage to 65-62, the Bears worked the ball around the perimeter looking for a three-point shot to tie the game. Hopkins was well prepared on the defensive end, forcing Ursinus to continue to look for an open shot with time winding down.
Yacenda, who had only attempted one field goal up to that point, had the ball on the right wing and heaved up an off-balance shot with a hand in her face to knot the game at 65-65 and force the extra period.
In overtime, the Bears jumped out to a quick 69-65 advantage after two free throws by junior Lindsay Teuber and a layup from freshman Diamond Lewis with 3:45 remaining. Layups from Mattiola and sophomore Alex Vassila on Hopkins' next two possessions tied the game at 69-69, but the Bears reeled off six straight points to take a 75-69 lead with just 45 seconds and secured the victory with some strong free throw shooting in the final minute of overtime.
Truly a back-and-forth affair, the game saw 17 ties and 17 lead changes. Hopkins took its biggest lead of the contest, 54-48, on two free throws from junior Stephanie Fong with 7:03 remaining in the second half. Ursinus then put together a 9-0 run over the ensuing 3:05 to take a 58-54 advantage with 3:58 left in regulation.
Senior Siobhan Callanan nailed a three-pointer on the Blue Jays next possession to pull Hopkins within 58-57, but the Bears had an answer on the other end as freshman Sarah Martin knocked in a jumper to push the visitors lead to 60-57 with just over three minutes on the clock.
Callanan netted the fifth of her career-high six three-pointers for Hopkins to tie the game at 60-60 with 3:04 left, before the two sides went scoreless over the next two minutes. An Ursinus turnover with just over a minute remaining gave the ball back to Hopkins and Fong sank a three-pointer from the right wing to give JHU a three point lead. Teuber made a jumper from the right baseline to pull the Bears within 63-62 with 31 seconds left, before Mattiola's free throws and Yacenda's last second shot ended regulation.
The win marks the first time the Bears have defeated the Blue Jays since January 9, 2008, halting a five-game Hopkins winning streak in the series.
Callanan poured in a career and game-high 24 points, including 6-7 shooting from three-point land, along with seven rebounds to pace Hopkins. Mattiola notched 15 points for the Blue Jays, while Fong and senior Lyndsay Burton also reached double figures for JHU with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Teuber notched her ninth double-double of the year to lead Ursinus with a team-high 17 points and 12 boards. Freshman Diamond Lewis recorded 13 points, six rebounds and four assists, while senior Jaclyn Hilf and junior Alli Rosati totaled 12 points each.
Hopkins returns to the court on Tuesday, January 11 at Washington College. Tip-off is slated for 6 pm in Chestertown, MD.