Hopkins Closes Out Regular Season With Win at Franklin & Marshall
Feb. 16, 2011
LANCASTER, PA - The Johns Hopkins women's basketball team edged out host Franklin & Marshall, 63-57, on Wednesday night to close out its regular season. The Blue Jays improve to 20-4 overall and 17-3 in the conference, while the Diplomats drop to 12-12 overall and 10-9 in conference play.
F&M jumped out of the gates strong and held a 14-9 advantage with 10:54 remaining in the first half. Hopkins then answered with a 10-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 19-14 lead with just over six minutes left in the opening frame.
Freshman Kristina McCarthy broke the Hopkins run with a jumper at the 5:49 mark and the two sides were even (6-6) the rest of the way as JHU took a slight 23-20 advantage into the locker room.
The two teams were neck-and-neck for much of the second half, until Diplomat sophomore Elizabeth Snyder drained three-pointers on two straight possessions to give F&M its largest lead of the contest at 45-39 with 7:22 on the clock.
With the Mayser Center crowd going wild, JHU called a timeout and senior Lyndsay Burton made a layup to jump-start a 16-4 Blue Jay run that would ultimately seal the win.
Sophomore Alex Vassila followed Burton's bucket with five straight points of her own to pull JHU within 47-46, before freshman Fatu Conteh intercepted an F&M pass and went the distance for an easy layup to give the Blue Jays the lead for good at 48-47.
Burton then cut off a Diplomat pass for her fourth steal of the game and sophomore Jackie Williams sank the first of her two free throws to give Hopkins a 49-47 lead. Williams missed her second free throw attempt, but Vassila came up with a huge tap-back offensive rebound that went right into the hands of Burton, who drained a short jumper and the Blue Jays led by four with 3:39 remaining.
The Diplomats kept it close with some strong shooting down the stretch, but Hopkins led by at least four the rest of the way and juniors Chantel Mattiola and Stephanie Fong were a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe in the final minute to help preserve the win.
Burton paced Hopkins with team-highs of 18 points, seven boards and four steals, Mattiola chipped in with 13 points and Vassila notched 11 points and six rebounds.
Sophomore Alexa Barbush led the way for F&M with a game-high 22 points along with four steals, while Snyder added 12 points in the loss.
Hopkins will host the Centennial Conference Tournament from February 26-27 in Goldfarb Gym. Game times and matchups have yet to be finalized.