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JHU Advances to Semifinals With a 62-56 Win Over Ursinus

Sophia Way Finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Sophia Way Finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Feb. 20, 2018

Box Score

 Lauren Dellipoali
By Lauren Dellipoali
Athletic Communications Assistant
The Basics
• Score: Johns Hopkins - 62, Ursinus - 56
• Records: JHU (17-9) • Ursinus (13-13)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women's basketball team advanced to the Centennial Conference semifinals with a 62-56 victory over fifth-seeded Ursinus College on Tuesday night.

How it Happened
• Ursinus scored the game's first nine points before the Blue Jays got on the board with a Lexie Scholtz jumper. Lillian Scott followed with a jumper to make the score 9-4, but Lydia Konstanzer hit a layup to put the Bears back up six. Marissa Varnado cut the Bear's lead in half with a three and a layup from Rory Cole brought Hopkins to within one with four minutes left. A Konstanzer jumper put Ursinus back up three, but once again a layup from Cole brought Hopkins to within one at 13-12. Two free throws by Scholtz gave JHU its first lead of the game at the 2:25 mark of the first as Hopkins went up 14-13. Konstanzer hit two free throws on the other end to put the visitors up one, but Sophia Way hit from deep to put JHU up 17-15 with 2:46 left. Ursinus scored nine of the quarters last 11 points to take a 24-20 lead at the end of one.
• Hopkins opened the second on a 9-0 run to pull ahead by five. Back-to-back layups by the Bears later in the quarter put Ursinus back up one at 32-31 with 2:31 remaining in the half. The Bears held a four-point lead with four seconds remaining before Scott hit a fade-away jumper to send the teams into the locker room with Ursinus holding a slight two-point lead at 37-35.
• A three from Marisa Morano put the Bears up eight, but Scholtz hit from behind the arc to pull Hopkins to within five with 6:04 remaining in the third. Ursinus went on a 5-2 run to go back up eight, but back-to-back layups from Cole pulled JHU to within four at 48-44 to end the third.
• Way opened the fourth with a layup to cut the deficit to two and Madison McGrath gave the Blue Jays a 49-48 lead with a three at 8:41. Konstanzer put the Bears back in front with a layup, however, Scott responded with a three-point play to put the Blue Jays back in the lead at 52-50. Maya Kornfeld tied the game at 52 with a jumper at 4:56, but back-to-back buckets from Way put JHU up four with 4:08 remaining. Scholtz extended the Blue Jay lead to six with a jumper at 2:35, but a layup from Aliyah Stephens with just over a minute remaining made the score 58-54. The Blue Jays would go 4-6 from the free throw line in the game's waning seconds to claim the 62-56 victory and advance to the conference semifinals.

What it Means
• This is JHU's 20th appearance in the Centennial Conference Tournament and the Blue Jays now have a record of 20-15 all-time in the conference tournament.
• Hopkins is 2-2 in the opening round of the tournament and has an overall record of 16-5 at home.
• The Blue Jays are 4-1 against the Bears in the tournament and 37-9 overall. Johns Hopkins swept Ursinus in the regular season, defeating the Bears 68-39 at home and 70-51 on the road.
• JHU will be making its 18th trip to the semifinals where the Blue Jays are 14-3.

Inside the Box Score
• Way led Hopkins with 14 points followed by Scott with 12 and Scholtz with 12. Cole also scored in double-figures with ten points on the night.
• Cole Scholtz and Way each grabbed eight rebounds in the contest.
• Konstanzer led all scorers with 21 points.

Up Next
• The Blue Jays will travel to Gettysburg to take on the top-seeded Bullets on Friday, February 20. Tip-time is scheduled for 6 pm. Gettysburg leads the all-time postseason series 2-0.

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