Corcoran Powers Hopkins Past Swarthmore, 80-63
SWARTHMORE, PA –
• Score: Johns Hopkins 80, Swarthmore 63
• Records: JHU (11-11, 10-8 CC), SWAT (3-20, 3-15 CC)
• Location: Swarthmore, PA · Tarble Pavilion Gym
• The Short Story: Senior Caroline Corcoran scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Blue Jays to an 80-63 win over Swarthmore Saturday.
How it Happened
• Johns Hopkins jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first 2:56, including a three-pointer by Lillian Scott and a pair of layups by Caroline Corcoran. The Garnet knocked down a pair of free throws to get on the board with 6:37 remaining in the first quarter. Marissa Varnado took over in the closing minutes of the first quarter, recording seven points, including a three-pointer, to help Hopkins to an 18-7 lead with 2:33 to play. Corcoran drained a three-pointer with 19 seconds on the clock for the 23-12 Hopkins lead after one.
• Swarthmore outscored Hopkins 10-5 in the first 4:17 to cut the Blue Jay lead to 28-22 to open the second quarter. JHU responded with a jumper from Varnado and a pair of free throws by Lexie Scholtz. Swarthmore took over the momentum with eight unanswered points to make it a two-point game, 32-30, with 2:12 remaining in the first half. Janay Smith knocked down three free throws in the final 1:28 to give the Blue Jays a 35-32 lead at the break.
• The teams traded baskets, with each team making a field goal in the opening 2:11. The Blue Jays pieced together back-to-back baskets before the Garnet cut their lead to two three more times in the third quarter. Madison McGrath made a layup with 22 seconds on the clock to extend JHU’s lead to 49-45 heading into the fourth quarter. Corcoran shot 3-of-6 from the free throw line in the quarter, in addition to making both of her field goal attempts.
• The Garnet recorded a pair of baskets to tie the score, 49-49, just 41 seconds into the fourth quarter, but the Blue Jays promptly pulled away. Hopkins mounted a 19-4 run to take a 68-53 lead with 5:08 remaining in the game. McGrath, Corcoran and Maggie Wodicka all knocked down three-pointers in the run. The teams traded trips to the line before the Blue Jays added to their lead with eight unanswered points to gain a 78-55 lead with 2:46 on the clock. Swarthmore used the free throw line in the closing minutes, but could not combat the Blue Jays, who finished with the 80-63 victory.
Inside the Box Score
• Caroline Corcoran is the second Blue Jay to break 20 points in a game this season. Lillian Scott has done so three times. Corcoran shot 8-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the three-point arc.
• The Blue Jays forced 11 of the 15 turnovers by Swarthmore in the game. Scott made five steals in the game.
• Hopkins used the three-point arc yet again to defeat Swarthmore. The Blue Jays knocked down nine treys in the victory, while the Garnet did not score a basket from three-point range.
• The Blue Jays have reached 80 points in each of the meetings with Swarthmore this season, defeating the Garnet 81-69 in the teams’ first matchup.
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins sweeps Swarthmore on the season, improving to 38-11 all-time against the Garnet.
• JHU improves to 10-8 in the Centennial Conference, taking sole possession of sixth place in the standings.
• Hopkins will host 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 at 1 p.m.