Corcoran Leads JHU Past Bryn Mawr, 89-50
BRYN MAWR, PA –
• Score: Johns Hopkins 89, Bryn Mawr 50
• Records: JHU (13-11, 12-8 CC), BMC (2-23, 0-20 CC)
• Location: Bryn Mawr, PA · Class of 1958 Gymnasium
• The Short Story: Senior Caroline Corcoran scored a career-high 27 points as she led the Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team past Bryn Mawr, 89-50, in the regular season finale. The Blue Jays finished the regular season with a 13-11 record and 12-8 mark in the Centennial Conference to earn the fifth seed in the conference tournament.
How it Happened
• The Blue Jays took a narrow 17-13 advantage over the Owls in the first quarter. Marissa Varnado drained a three-pointer 55 seconds into the game to kick off the scoring. The teams traded baskets in back-and-forth action, with the Owlstying the score 11-11 before taking the lead, 13-11, with 1:47 remaining in the first quarter. Caroline Corcoran tied the game back up, 13-13, and sparking the final run of six points by Hopkins.
• Johns Hopkins pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring Bryn Mawr 35-10 in the quarter, including 12-0 in the paint. The Owls struck first in the quarter before JHU mounted a 23-0 run in a span of 5:04. Corcoran scored the first four points of the run, and Varnado scored the next four. In total, four Blue Jays contributed to the 23-0 run, including Madison McGrath, who tallied 10 of the final 13 points with two three-pointers in the streak. The Blue Jays jumped out to a 40-15 lead with 4:05 remaining in the second quarter. Bryn Mawr countered with a three-pointer of its own, with the teams trading baskets from behind the arc for a 43-21 score with 3:15 to play in the first half. JHU outscored the Owls 9-2 in the final 2:53 of the quarter for the 52-23 lead at the break.
• The game returned to a back-and-forth event in the third quarter, with the Blue Jays coming out on top 16-13 in the period. In the first five minutes of the quarter, Hopkins eared the advantage 8-5, with Corcoran accounting for the first three JHU field goals of the third. The Owls scored three of their finals eight points of the quarter from the free-throw line, while Rory Cole converted the Blue Jays’ only chances at the line in the quarter. Corcoran made a layup with just 4 seconds on the clock for the 68-36 Hopkins advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
• Bryn Mawr notched the first basket of the fourth quarter before consecutive baskets from Corcoran and Lexie Scholtz helped Hopkins out to a 77-38 lead with 7:26 remaining in the game. McGrath scored the next three field goals for the Blue Jays, including a three-pointer with 4:29 to play to extend JHU’s lead to 84-42. A layup and three-pointer for the Owls cut the Blue Jays’ lead to 84-47 before Hopkins countered with five points of its own, from Janay Smith and Corcoran. Bryn Mawr knocked down a three-pointer in the closing seconds for the final score of 89-50.
Inside the Box Score.
• Just a week after recording 22 points against Swarthmore, Caroline Corcoran had another career day with 27 points. Corcoran shot 10-of-15 from the field with three three-pointers. Corcoran also added four made free throws and four assists to her totals.
• Madison McGrath also posted a career high in points with 19 in the win. McGrath knocked down 3-of-4 three-point attempts and shot 8-of-14 from the field, while contributing four assists, two blocks and two steals.
• Janay Smith led the Blue Jays with nine rebounds, including a career-best eight defensive rebounds. Smith also dished two assists for the second time in her career.
• Johns Hopkins and Bryn Mawr each made 73 field goal attempts in the game. The Blue Jays converted more than 50 percent (37-of-73) and held the Owls to 19-of-73 from the field.
What it Means
• Combined with the 57-42 Gettysburg victory over Ursinus, the Blue Jays earn the fifth seed in the Centennial Conference Tournament with a 12-8 conference record.
• Johns Hopkins and head coach Nancy Funk maintain a perfect 34-0 record against the Owls all-time.
• Funk also locks up her 26th winning season with the team’s 13th victory on the season.
• Johns Hopkins will head to fourth-seeded Gettysburg for the Centennial Conference Tournament Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.