Scott's Buzzer Beats Lifts Johns Hopkins over Lynchburg
Score: Johns Hopkins -- 62 Lynchburg - 60
Records: Johns Hopkins (1-1), Lynchburg (1-1)
Location: Baltimore, MD (Goldfarb Gymnasium)
The Short Story: Junior Lillian Scott's jumper as time expired helped head coach Katherine Bixby pick up her first win as the head coach of Johns Hopkins and advanced the Blue Jays to the tomorrow's championship game of the 2017 Mike Durgala Tournament.
How it Happened
Leading by four with a minute remaining, Lynchburg made just three of eight free throws in the final 49 seconds of play. For the game, the Hornets shot just 10-22 (45.5%) from the charity stripe.
Following a Lynchburg foul with seven seconds remaining, Lexie Scholtz took the inbounds pass the length of the court and found a wide-open Scott on the baseline. Scott's 16-foot jumper sank just prior to the horn, giving Hopkins the victory.
A pair of free throws from freshman Elise Moore towards the end of the first quarter gave Hopkins an 18-11 lead, their largest advantage of the afternoon. However, the Hornets would close the half on a 16-8 run, taking a 27-26 lead into the halftime break.
Hopkins would lead for all of 52 seconds the remainder of the game before Scott's game-winner.
What it Means
JHU advances to tomorrow's Championship where the Blue Jays will play the winner of Albright and 14th-ranked Marymount.
Sunday will be the fourth consecutive year that the Blue Jays will play in the Mike Durgala Memorial Championship, after winning last year's tournament with a 73-67 victory over Emory.
Inside the Box Score
Despite fouling out and not recording a point, Rory Cole finished the day with 14 rebounds, matching her career-high.
Scott led all scorers with 19 points, while Lynchburg's Caroline Naumann added 18 for the Hornets.
Moore came off the bench to score nine points and grab five rebounds.
Sophia Way and Scholtz each reached double-digits, scoring 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Johns Hopkins awaits the winner of Albright and Marymount for tomorrow's tournament title. Tip is set for approximately 4:00 pm and will follow the consolation game at 2:00 pm