Fourth-Quarter Surge Powers Johns Hopkins Past McDaniel, 65-53
• Score: Johns Hopkins-65 • McDaniel-53
• Records: Johns Hopkins (2-2, 1-0 CC), McDaniel (1-3, 0-1 CC)
• Location: Westminster, MD (Gill Center)
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team used a 12-0 fourth-quarter run to turn a four-point deficit into an eight-point lead and the Blue Jays never let host McDaniel get closer than five down the stretch in a 65-53 win at the Gill Center Tuesday night.
How it Happened
• McDaniel led 41-36 entering the final period and the Terror still led 44-40 after a pair of free throws by Melanie Yeomans with 6:43 remaining. Just over four minutes later, the four-point deficit was an eight-point Johns Hopkins lead as the Blue Jays went on the game-turning 12-0 run that included three-pointers by Lillian Scott and Jess Sweeney, a jumper by Lexie Scholtz, two free throws from Sweeney and a run-ending layup by Rory Cole.
• The Blue Jays, who scored 29 points in the final 10 minutes after being held to 36 in the opening 30 minutes, hit 13-of-14 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory; Scholtz was 8-for-8 over that span.
• The Blue Jays trailed by seven at the half (25-18), but used a quick 10-5 run to open the second half to pull within two at 30-28. A three-pointer by Madison McGrath jump-started the spree, which was capped by a layup by Cole with 6:29 remaining in the third quarter.
• The Terror answered with a 6-0 run of their own that took just over two minutes with a Caroline Ward layup making it 36-28 with 4:03 left in the period, but Hopkins answered with an 8-0 run of its own to close to within 38-36. A jumper by Scholtz, a layup by Scott and back-to-back buckets inside by Cole fueled the spree for the Blue Jays. A late three-pointer by Halle Burgess gave the Terror the 41-36 lead entering the final period. The Terror held the lead for just under five minutes until Sweeney’s two free throws gave Hopkins a lead it would never relinquish.
• McDaniel had taken control of the first half with an 18-5 run that turned a 9-3 first-quarter deficit into a 21-14 lead midway through the second quarter. Liz Storer and Yeomans combined for 13 first-half points on 6-of-7 shooting and the Terror led by as many as nine at 25-16 before intermission.
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins hits the Thanksgiving break with a key road win in its first Centennial Conference game of the season.
• The Blue Jays have won three straight against McDaniel and JHU is now 3-1 in its last four trips to the Gill Center.
Inside the Box Score
• Scholtz entered the game with 15 rebounds, but had a career-high 16 in the victory and added 14 points and five assists. With Scholtz’s 16-rebound effort, the Blue Jays held a decisive 46-31 rebounding advantage.
• Scott scored a game-high 18 points and added seven rebounds.
• Sweeney entered the game with six career points, but scored five points in the win; all five came during the decisive 12-0 fourth-quarter run.
• Yeomans (14) and Storer (12) combined for 26 of McDaniel’s 53 points.
• The Blue Jays will return to action on Tuesday, November 28 when they welcome Gettysburg to Goldfarb Gymnasium for another Centennial Conference game. Tipoff is set for 7 pm.
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