Hopkins Clinches Conference Regular Season Crown
Feb. 12, 2011
COLLEGEVILLE, PA – The Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team clinched the Centennial Conference regular season title with a 72-48 romp over host Ursinus on Saturday afternoon in Collegeville, PA. The Blue Jays improve to 19-4 overall and 16-3 in conference play, while the Bears fall to 14-9 overall and 10-8 in the conference.
With the win, JHU secures the top seed in the conference playoffs for the first time since the 2003-04 season and avenges its 79-75 overtime loss to Ursinus earlier in the season. The Bears drop into a fourth-place tie with Franklin & Marshall in the conference standings with two games to play.
With Hopkins trailing 8-6 in the early going junior Stephanie Fong sank a three-pointer from the left corner to give the Blue Jays their first lead of the contest.
JHU then held a narrow 13-11 advantage at the 13:25 mark and proceeded to reel off 11 straight points over the next three minutes to extend its lead to 24-11.
The Blue Jays continued to build their lead heading into the halftime break, leading by as many as 19 (35-16) with just 1:03 on the clock.
Hopkins shot a superb 45.7 percent from the floor in the opening half, while holding the Bears to just 28.0 percent shooting.
Senior Lyndsay Burton was key in helping Hopkins to the comfortable double-digit advantage, as she recorded a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) in just one half of play and nearly out-rebounded the entire Ursinus team (10 team rebounds) in the opening frame.
While the Blue Jay shooting dipped to 38.5 percent in the second half, JHU maintained at least a 14-point advantage the rest of the way to roll to the win. Despite the dip in shooting in the second half, the Hopkins frontcourt continued to outmuscle Ursinus on the inside and create easy buckets around the basket.
With Burton in foul trouble for much of the second stanza, sophomore Alex Vassila took charge to score nine of her team-high 13 points after the intermission.
Hopkins also received quality contributions from the bench, as 11 of its 12 active players recorded at least two points in the contest.
The JHU defense was impressive throughout, forcing the Bears to work on every offensive possession and effectively prevented the Ursinus guards from penetrating into the lane. JHU held the Bears to just 25.9 percent shooting.
Vassila notched 13 points and grabbed six boards, Burton totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds and junior Chantel Mattiola also reached double-figures with 10 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Freshman Fatu Conteh provided a spark off the bench with eight points and disrupted the offensive flow of the Bears leading scorer, junior Lindsay Teuber, when on the floor. Sophomore Sarah Higbee also made the most of her opportunities off the bench with six points and seven boards for JHU.
Freshman Diamond Lewis notched 16 points for the Bears to lead all scorers, while Teuber tallied 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds in the loss.
Hopkins will conclude its regular season on Wednesday, February 16 at Franklin & Marshall. Tip-off is set for 6 pm in Lancaster, PA.