Blue Jays Defeat Diplomats, 79-58
LANCASTER, PA –
• Score: Johns Hopkins 79, Franklin & Marshall 58
• Records: JHU (10-10, 9-7 CC), FMC (8-13, 6-10 CC)
• Location: Lancaster, PA · Mayser Gymnasium
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team broke away from a one-point lead over Franklin & Marshall at halftime with 48 second-half points to earn the 79-58 victory in Lancaster, PA, Tuesday night. Lillian Scott led the Blue Jays with 20 points, four assists and three steals.
How it Happened
• The teams played a back-and-forth game to begin, fighting through three ties before Hopkins used a 9-2 run to gain an 18-14 lead with 1:27 remaining in the first quarter. The Diplomats added two free throws and Maggie Wodicka made a layup for the 20-16 mark after one quarter. Wodicka came off the bench to lead the Blue Jays with five points in the first quarter. Hopkins shot nearly 50 percent to open the game, hitting 8-of-17 shots from the field and 2-of-4 three-point attempts.
• Lillian Scott scored the first five points of the third quarter for the Blue Jays, including a three-pointer to open the scoring, to give Hopkins a 25-20 lead with 8:29 to play in the first half. The Blue Jays suffered a 5:07 scoring drought before Scott found the net again with a free throw. Back-to-back jumpers from Marissa Varnado returned the lead to the Blue Jays, 30-26 with 2:40 remaining in the second quarter. Janay Smith added a free throw for JHU’s 31-30 lead at halftime. In addition to her six points, Scott also pulled down three rebounds, dished an assist and made two steals in the second quarter.
• The Blue Jays came out strong in the third quarter with Caroline Corcoran scoring the first five points of the quarter before Scott and Madison McGrath each added a field goal to extend JHU’s lead to 40-30 2:33 into the quarter. Hopkins added to its lead with another 9-0 run in the quarter, with a three-pointer by Lexie Scholtz giving Johns Hopkins a 51-35 lead with 3:01 to play. Kenz Wilkinson made a layup in the closing seconds to help Hopkins to a 56-41 lead heading into the fourth quarter. A player from the bench also led Hopkins in the third quarter as Varnado scored six points; Scholtz, Scott and Corcoran each contributed five points.
• Hopkins carried its momentum into the fourth quarter, mounting a 9-4 run to earn a 65-45 lead with 7:19 remaining in the game. The Blue Jays outscored F&M 8-4 in the final 3:54 to close out the game with the 79-58 victory. Hopkins closed out the game shooting 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-5 from behind the three-point arc, including two from McGrath. The Blue Jays shot 4-of-6 from the free=throw line as they picked up the win.
Inside the Box Score
• The Blue Jays picked up 19 points from their bench, nearly double the 15 points F&M’s bench contributed.
• Johns Hopkins did not give up any points off turnovers in the second half, and outscored Franklin & Marshall, 18-6, off turnovers. JHU also took advantage of the fast break, scoring 12 points in fast break situations.
• Lillian Scott led the Blue Jays in three categories: points (20), assists (4) and steals (3). This is the fifth time this season that she has led Hopkins in each of the three categories in a game.
What it Means
• Hopkins completes the season sweep of Franklin & Marshall, improving to 45-30 all-time against the Diplomats.
• JHU is tied for sixth in the Centennial Conference standings as it improves to 9-7 in conference play.
• Hopkins has two more home games and two more games on the road to close out the season.
• The Blue Jays will host Haverford Thursday, February 9 at 7 p.m. in their annual Play4Kay game.