BALTIMORE, MD –
• Score: Johns Hopkins 66, Washington College 46
• Records: JHU (12-11, 11-8 CC), WC (9-15, 6-13 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD · Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team topped Washington College, 66-46, Wednesday in the Blue Jays’ senior night game. Hopkins used a 16-0 run between the first and second quarters to take a permanent lead over the Shorewomen.
How it Happened
• The teams played to an even 12-12 score after the first quarter as Caroline Corcoran scored four points for Johns Hopkins. Madison McGrath kicked off the scoring in the game, before baskets from Elle Hepburn, Corcoran and Lexie Scholtz helped the Blue Jays out to an 8-2 lead with 5:50 remaining in the opening quarter. Washington College powered back, using a pair of three-pointers from Ali Grundy to tie the score 10-10 with 1:17. WC briefly took the lead before Marissa Varnado scored a jumper with 15 on the clock for the 12-12 tie.
• Hopkins pulled out to a 26-12 lead during the second quarter as the Blue Jays mounted a 14-0 run. Varnado continued the scoring in the second quarter, knocking down a pair of free throws, before McGrath, Corcoran and Rory Cole each contributed a layup to the run. Varnado added a jumper before Scholtz sealed the run with a three-pointer with 2:56 remaining in the first half. Grundy converted a pair of free throws with 2:24 to play, ending an 8:06 scoring drought for the Shorewomen. Washington College outscored Hopkins 5-2 in the final 1:08 to cut JHU’s lead to 28-19 at halftime.
• The Blue Jays took advantage of their trips to the free throw line to begin the third quarter. Corcoran knocked down a pair of free throws 40 seconds into the second half, and Hepburn sunk four more and a three-pointer to extend JHU’s lead to 39-24 with 6:01 remaining in the third quarter. The teams traded baskets before back-to-back jumpers from Scholtz and Varnado helped Hopkins to a 45-28 lead with 2:53 to play in the third. The Shorewomen added and free throw and field goal before the end of the quarter to cut Hopkins’ lead to 47-31 heading into the final quarter.
• Washington College scored the first four points of the fourth quarter, before Hopkins pieced together another double-digit run. Hepburn kicked off the run with a three-pointer 1:20 into the fourth quarter. Corcoran, Janay Smith, Maggie Spitzer and McGrath all contributed layups to the 14-0 run, extending JHU’s lead to 61-35 with 5:11 remaining in the game. Once again Grundy ended the drought for the Shorewomen, who then scored five points to cut the deficit to 61-40 with 3:26 to play. Washington College outscored Hopkins 6-5 in the final 3:13 for the final score of 66-46.
Inside the Box Score.
• A trio of Blue Jays reached double-figures in the victory. Caroline Corcoran led Hopkins with 15 points, while Elle Hepburn scored 12 points in her first start and Madison McGrath added 10.
• Hopkins pulled down 20 more rebounds than Washington College (64-44). Rory Cole led JHU with 11 rebounds off the bench, with 10 Hopkins players recording at least one rebound in the game.
• The Blue Jays and Shorewomen each shot 4-of-19 from behind the three-point arc. Hepburn scored two three-pointers for JHU, and Corcoran and Lexie Scholtz each knocked down one.
What it Means
• The Blue Jays sweep the Shorewomen on the season to improve to 35-3 all-time against Washington College.
• Johns Hopkins earned its 12th Centennial win on the season, pushing the Blue Jays into a tie for fifth place with one game remaining in the regular season.
• The Blue Jays will close out the regular season at Bryn Mawr Saturday, February 18 at 1 p.m.