Burton Lifts Hopkins Past Franklin & Marshall; Blue Jays Advance to CC Championship Game
Feb. 26, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD - Senior Lyndsay Burton scored a career-high 29 points to lead top-seeded Johns Hopkins past visiting fourth-seeded Franklin & Marshall, 71-59, in the Centennial Conference semifinals on Saturday afternoon in Goldfarb Gym. The Blue Jays improve to 21-4 on the year and will play second-seeded Muhlenberg, a 75-60 winner over third-seeded Gettysburg in the other semifinal, in the conference championship on Sunday afternoon. F&M sees its season come to a close with a 14-13 record.
Hopkins took a slight 30-27 advantage into halftime after a first half that saw both teams struggle from the field. JHU shot 34.3 percent (12-35) in the opening frame, while the Diplomats shot just 30.8 percent (8-26).
The game remained tight in the opening minutes of the second half, with F&M taking its largest lead of the contest, 38-34, after a pair of free throws from sophomore Alexa Barbush with 15:46 remaining.
Burton then took charge over the next several minutes as she hit a jumper, three-pointer and converted on a layup on Hopkins' next three possessions to give the Blue Jays a 41-38 lead with 14:04 left.
Senior Amy Chabitnoy pulled the Diplomats back within one with a layup on F&M's next trip down the floor, before JHU put together what would prove to be a decisive 13-2 run over the ensuing five minutes.
Junior Chantel Mattiola and freshman Fatu Conteh each recorded steals and converted on fast break layups within a 30-second span just after the 13 minute mark. Mattiola deflected a Diplomat pass, raced towards the other end and gave Hopkins a 43-40 lead off a feed from Conteh, before Conteh went coast-to-coast after stripping a Diplomat of possession to extend the Blue Jay lead to five.
Sophomore Sarah Higbee swished a turnaround jumper to give Hopkins a 47-40 lead with 11:58 left, before F&M junior Elizabeth Snyder hit a jumper from the right baseline to pull the Diplomats back within five.
Hopkins re-upped its lead to double-digits after consecutive buckets from Burton a few minutes later to give the Blue Jays a 54-42 edge.
F&M was twice able to cut the JHU lead to six, but Hopkins pulled down some key rebounds down the stretch and junior Stephanie Fong helped preserve the win by shooting a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line in the final five minutes, including a 6-6 mark in the last 1:15 of the contest.
Burton recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 29 points and 10 rebounds to pace Hopkins, while Mattiola totaled 16 points in the win. Fong added 12 points and a game-high six assists for JHU.
Snyder led the Diplomats with 16 points, junior Allison Bauer totaled 14 points and Barbush chipped in with 13 points in the loss. Junior Megan Pauley added with six points and eight rebounds.
Hopkins returns to action on Sunday, February 27 in the Centennial Conference finals against Muhlenberg. Tip-off is set for 2 pm in Goldfarb Gym.