Fast Start Leads Johns Hopkins Past Haverford, 52-35
BALTIMORE, MD- The Johns Hopkins women's basketball team scored the first five, and 11 of the first 13, points Tuesday night en route to a 52-35 win against visiting Haverford in Goldfarb Gymnasium. With the win, the Blue Jays stayed alive in the Centennial Conference playoff picture with two games remaining, as the squad evened its CC record at 8-8, while improving to 11-12 overall. Haverford drops to 9-8 in CC action and 14-10 this season.
The Blue Jays never trailed in the contest and were led by senior captain Liz Tommasi, who scored in double figures for the third-straight game with 14 points.
Tommasi helped the Jays race out to their early lead, scoring four points in a first quarter that saw Johns Hopkins hold the Fords to just three. Tuesday marked the second time three games that Hopkins held its opponent to three or less in the opening frame.
The JHU lead was extended to 15 late in the first half when Marissa Varnado hit a layup to put the Blue Jays ahead 26-11 with 2:37 remaining in the half.
A jumper from Rachel Cook late in the third quarter put Hopkins ahead by 18, but an 8-0 Fords' run starting late in the third quarter and extending into the fourth cut their deficit to 10. Any chance of a Haverford comeback was ended when Cook, Tommasi and Lexie Scholtz scored on consecutive possessions to put the Jays ahead by 18 with 5:25 left. Scholtz's basket came as Beatriz Williams was double teamed down low and found the freshman open for a big three-pointer.
Williams finished the contest with eight points and a team-best 10 rebounds. The senior captain also drained all four of her free throw attempts to increase her streak to 17 consecutive from the charity stripe. She now boasts an 82.4% from the charity stripe, which is second in the Centennial Conference, only trailing teammate Caroline Corcoran (84.6%).
The Blue Jays will look to make it three in a row tomorrow night, when they return to Goldfarb to take on Dickinson. Tipoff is slated for 6:00pm and the game will be a part of the nationwide Play4Kay initiative. Play4Kay is a foundation that raises awareness for women's cancer research. Those coming to the game are encouraged to wear pink and donate towards the initiative.