GETTYSBURG, PA –
• Score: Johns Hopkins 67, Gettysburg 79
• Records: JHU (13-12), GC (19-7)
• Location: Gettysburg, PA · Bream Gymnasium
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s basketball concluded its season at Gettysburg with a 79-67 loss in the Centennial Conference Tournament first round. Senior Caroline Corcoran led the Blue Jays in scoring for the fourth consecutive game with 17 points, and head coach Nancy Funk recorded her 26th season at Hopkins with a winning record as the team finished 13-12.
How it Happened
• The teams played to an even 17-17 score at the end of the first quarter. Each team recorded five field goals, with two three-pointers and had one player complete an old-fashion three-point play. Caroline Corcoran kicked off the scoring with a jumper before quickly adding to her tally with a three-pointer with 8:38 remaining in the game. Gettysburg worked out to a 10-7 lead with 5:06 to play off a made layup and subsequent free throw by Kendra Meredith before Lexie Scholtz completed the same play for Hopkins with 4:29 remaining in the first quarter. The Blue Jays tied the score the sixth time, 17-17, as Maggie Wodicka drained a three-pointer to close out the first-period scoring.
• The Bullets notched the first four points in the second quarter before baskets from Scholtz, Madison McGrath and Corcoran returned the lead to Hopkins, 24-21 with 7:22 remaining in the first half. The Blue Jays retained the lead for the remainder of the second quarter, holding a 37-34 advantage at the break. A three-pointer from McGrath gave JHU its largest lead of the game, 31-23, with 4:38 remaining in the first half. Marissa Varnado knocked down a three with 11 seconds on the clock before Gettysburg’s Kiera Cesareo matched her with 1 second on the clock for the 37-34 score at halftime.
• The teams traded baskets to begin the third quarter before the Bullets sunk four straight free throws to tie the score, 45-45 with 4:33 to play in the period. Gettysburg’s Emma Dorshimer mounted a 9-2 run following the tie, to help GC out to a 54-47 lead with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter. Corcoran scored the final four points of the quarter for JHU, including a three-pointer with 36 seconds to go for the 56-51 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.
• Gettysburg’s Emily Gibbons took over in the fourth quarter, recording 15 of the Bullets’ 23 points in the period. Gibbons scored the first seven by either team in the quarter, helping the Bullets to a 63-51 lead with 7:08 to play. Hopkins quickly responded with an 8-4 run, sealed by a three-pointer by Lillian Scott, her first basket of the game, to cut GC’s lead to 67-59 with 5:14 remaining in the game. Gettysburg retaliated with a 10-5 run to take its largest lead of the night, 77-64, before Corcoran nailed her fourth three-pointer of the game with 1:00 on the clock as JHU’s final basket. Gibbons laid the ball up for her 27th point and the Bullet victory, 79-67.
Inside the Box Score
• Caroline Corcoran led the Blue Jays in scoring for the fourth-straight game, raking up 17 points. Corcoran shot 4-of-8 from behind the three-point arc, while no other JHU player pitched in more than one three-point basket.
• Madison McGrath tallied 13 points, dished out a team-leading five assists and pulled down four rebounds.
• Each team committed 13 turnovers in the game. Johns Hopkins players combined for 10 steals, with Maggie Wodicka and Lillian Scott each recording three steals.
• The Johns Hopkins bench provided 16 points, while the Bullets added only two points from their bench. Blue Jay substitutes contributed 13 points in the first half.
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins concludes 2016-17 with a 13-12 overall record. The Blue Jays advanced to the Centennial Conference Tournament for the 19th time.
• JHU is 1-2 in the first round of the Centennial Conference Tournament and 0-1 as the fifth-seeded team. Hopkins 0-9 in away games in the Centennial Conference Tournament, and 0-2 against the Bullets in the Centennial post-season.
• With the loss, Johns Hopkins is 40-31 against Gettysburg all-time, including 1-2 in 2016-17.