Tommasi, Clark Lead Johns Hopkins Past F&M on Senior Day
BALTIMORE, MD- Katie Clark and Liz Tommasi celebrated Senior Day in style Saturday as the duo combined for 30 points in a 63-58 victory over Franklin & Marshall in Goldfarb Gymnasium. Tommasi scored a season-high 18 points, while Clark chipped in with 12 to go along with six assists and four rebounds.
The Blue Jays (10-12, 7-8 CC) scored nine unanswered late in the fourth quarter to turn a tie game into a nine-point lead against the Diplomats (5-17, 3-12 CC). Six of those points came from Clark and Tommasi, who were able to celebrate a Senior Day victory with their classmates Beatriz Williams (game-high 10 rebounds) and Scarlett McCracken (three points, career-high four rebounds).
There were 19 lead changes and 10 ties in the game before the Blue Jays took the lead for good on a layup from Rachel Cook with 2:44 remaining to jumpstart the 9-0 run.
F&M started hot and led 10-5 less than four minutes into the contest. That marked the largest lead of the game for either team until a Marissa Varnado three-pointer gave Hopkins a seven point advantage midway through the third quarter. That lead was short-lived, however, as the Diplomats scored eight in a row to lead by one late in the third. A late jumper from Varnado, who finished with a career-high 13 points, gave Hopkins a one-point lead heading into the final period.
Franklin & Marshall’s last lead of the game came when Sarah Haddon finished a layup to put the visitors ahead by one with 4:48 on the clock. Haddon’s bucket was answered at the other end with a three-pointer from Madison McGrath to give the Blue Jays a two-point lead. Devandria Bernard’s layup 17 seconds later tied the game for the final time, as the Jays took control with the aforementioned 9-0 run.
Clark's fifth assist of the game was the 200th of her career, making her the 13th player in program history to reach the milestone.
The victory marked the seventh straight for Johns Hopkins against F&M and completed the season sweep against the Diplomats.
JHU returns to the court Monday night when it hosts Haverford at 6:00pm in Goldfarb Gymnasium