JHU Falls to Messiah, 88-42 in Season Opener
• Score: Johns Hopkins – 42 Messiah - 88
• Records: Johns Hopkins (0-1), Messiah (1-0)
• Location: Grantham, PA (Brubaker Auditorium)
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team fell on the road against Messiah, 88-42 in the season opener, and the first game for new head coach Katherine Bixby.
How it Happened
• The Falcons got out to a fast start in the first quarter and ended the quarter with a 30-2 advantage.
• The Blue Jays offense got started in the second quarter as Lexie Scholtz scored five points in the 10-minute frame while Maggie Wodicka added three points. The Hopkins defense forced seven Messiah turnovers in the half, which ended with the home team leading 51-18.
• Sophia Way opened the third quarter scoring with a layup before the Falcons went on a 6-0 run to increase their lead to 56-20. A Lillian Scott layup would stop the Messiah run and make the score 56-22.
• Off a defensive rebound by Wodicka, Madison McGrath would convert the fastbreak layup to make the score 59-28 in the third quarter.
• A layup from Scott brought Hopkins to 59-32, but Messiah would build back its lead and the third quarter would end with the Falcons leading 71-34.
• Messiah outscored Hopkins 17-8 in the final quarter and would win the game 88-42.
What it Means
• JHU falls to 1-11 against the Falcons, who have won the last six meetings.
• The Blue Jays have lost to Messiah in the last two season openers.
Inside the Box Score
• Scott led Hopkins with ten points while McGrath added seven. Scholtz added five points while Rory Cole, Way, Marissa Varnado, Maggie Spitzer and Wodicka each scored four points in the game.
• Wodicka led the team with five rebounds while Scott and McGrath led Hopkins with three assists each.
• Hopkins forced 16 turnovers and scored 11 points off those turnovers.
• Leah Springer led Messiah with 18 points while Kaitlyn Hoff scored 17.
• The Blue Jays will host the Mike Durgala Tournament this weekend, November 18-19. Hopkins will play Lynchburg on Saturday at 2 pm.