Blue Jays Shoot Down Green Terror, 66-44
Feb. 9, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins women's basketball team jumped out to an early 19-point lead and cruised to a 66-44 victory over McDaniel on Wednesday night in Goldfarb Gym. The Blue Jays improve to 18-4 (15-3 CC) and continue to inch closer to securing the top seed in the Centennial Conference playoffs, while the Green Terror fall to 7-15 (5-12 CC).
JHU led wire-to-wire to trip up the Green Terror, who came into Wednesday's contest having won four of their last five games. The Blue Jays played with a high level of energy from the start - particularly at the defensive end of the floor - to jump out to an early lead of 21-2 after just 6:29 of play.
During that opening stretch Hopkins shot a stellar 10-13 from the floor and forced five Green Terror turnovers. The Blue Jays retained a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the first half, but McDaniel was able to chip away and cut the JHU lead to 29-18 at the intermission after holding the Blue Jays scoreless for the final 5:33 of the opening stanza.
Hopkins broke its scoring drought with buckets on three straight possessions to open the second half to extend its lead to 35-18 with 18:30 remaining. The Blue Jays then turned on the cruise control as they led by at least 14 points for the remainder of the contest.
JHU shot 44.8 percent from the floor and held the visitors to just 29 percent shooting, marking the ninth time Hopkins has held an opponent to below 30 percent shooting this season.
Senior Lyndsay Burton led JHU with game-highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore Alex Vassila notched her third straight double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Junior Chantel Mattiola added a well-rounded line of 11 points, eight boards and six assists.
Freshman Katie Brooks grabbed a career-high nine rebounds for the Blue Jays off the bench, while junior Stephanie Fong tied her career-high in steals with five.
Sophomore Rachael Rybak and senior Whitney Snoops recorded 12 points apiece to lead the way for the Green Terror, while senior Cara Thompson added 10 points and seven boards in the loss.
Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, February 12 at Ursinus. Game time is set for 1 pm.