BALTIMORE, MD –
• Score: Johns Hopkins 63, Haverford 79
• Records: JHU (10-11, 9-8 CC), Haverford (17-6, 14-4 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD · Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team fell to Haverford, 79-63, Thursday in Goldfarb Gym. Sophomore Lexie Scholtz scored a career-high 19 points in the loss.
How it Happened
• The Blue Jays countered the opening Haverford layup with a three-pointer by Lexie Scholtz, but that was the only Hopkins basket in the first 5:56 as the Fords worked out to a 12-3 lead. Elle Hepburn cut the Haverford lead with an old fashion three-point play, but the Fords used the free-throw line and three-point arc to extend their lead to 19-6 with 2:22 remaining in the first quarter. The teams traded layups before another three-point basket for Haverford gave the Fords the 24-8 lead after one.
• The teams played back-and-forth to begin the second quarter. Hopkins outscored Haverford 7-6 in the first 4:27, with baskets by Scholtz, Lillian Scott and a three-pointer by Maggie Wodicka. The Fords responded with back-to-back baskets before a layup by Rory Cole and three from Scott cut their lead once again, to 34-20 with 3:25 remaining in the first half. The Blue Jays pieced together a 6-2 run in the final 2:48 to pick up the 18-15 advantage in the second quarter and cut Haverford’s lead to 39-26 at halftime. Scholtz and Scott made three baskets apiece in the second quarter, while four other Blue Jays contributed one basket.
• The Blue Jays came out firing in the second half, mounting a 6-0 run in the first 4:05 of the third quarter. Haverford maintained its lead with a pair of baskets before a three-pointer by Scholtz cut the Ford lead to two, 43-41, with 2:58 remaining in the third quarter. The Fords outscored the Blue Jays 13-4 in the final 2:34 as they knocked down three treys to incread their lead to 56-45 heading in the final quarter.
• Haverford carried the momentum into the fourth quarter, jumping out to a 9-3 run in the first 4:13 to extend its lead to 65-48. The Blue Jays pieced together an 8-0 run with a pair of fast-break layups from Scott and a layup by Wodicka to bring the deficit back to single-digits, 65-56 with 2:46 remaining in the game. The teams traded points, and Schotlz knocked down a layup and ensuring free-throw with 1:37 to play to keep the difference at nine points, 70-61. The Fords took advantage of its trips to the free-throw line, scoring nine points off free throws in the final 1:37 to earn the 79-63 victory over the Blue Jays.
• Hopkins struggled from the field and the line in the game, shooting 24-of-59 from the field, 5-of-22 from behind the three-point arc and 10-of-21 from the line. The Blue Jays could not get the ball to fall from three-point range in the fourth quarter, shooting 0-of-10 in its comeback attempt. Haverford, on the other hand, shot 26-of-50 from the field, including 11-of-20 from behind the three-point arc. The Fords also made 16-of-18 free throws in the game.
Inside the Box Score
• Lexie Scholtz led the Blue Jays in points (19) and steals (2) and tied for the most rebounds (8), including leading the team with four offensive rebounds. Her 19 points are a career-high.
• The Blue Jay offense struggled throughout the game, with only nine assists on 24 made field goals. The Fords assisted 16 of their 26 made field goals in the game.
• Hopkins limited second chances for Haverford, giving up only three offensive rebounds. The Blue Jays earned 13 extra chances after shots due to their offensive rebounding.
What it Means
• Haverford picks up the season sweep of the Blue Jays as Hopkins falls to 30-9 against the Fords all-time.
• JHU remains tied for sixth in the Centennial Conference standings at 9-8 in conference play.
• Hopkins will travel to Swarthmore to take on the Garnet Saturday, February 11 at 1 p.m. before hosting Washington College in its senior day game Wednesday, February 15 at 6 p.m.
• The Blue Jays will close out their season Saturday, February 18 at Bryn Mawr.